Missouri freshman SS Jenna Marston is one of the top offensive players of this year's Big 12 Conference season. At the time of this writing, Marston's .480 batting average in conference games ranks second in the Big 12. She leads the conference in hits (24), and doubles (6), and is tied with teammate Ashley Fleming for the league lead in total bases (38). The two sluggers are also tied for second in Big 12 conference play with 15 RBIs.
Marston was fairly heavily recruited coming out of high school, with offers from Northwestern and Mississippi State, among others. The former baseball player talked about how she ended up at Missouri, and about her freshman year.
"Once I started getting recruited," said Marston, "Honestly, my initial reaction was I didn't really want to go to Mizzou.............. It was a little too close to home. I kind of wanted to get away (to college). But, I came here (on my visit), and I really enjoyed it. The coaches were great! And, the team all seemed to really get along and were having fun, and I knew that they were on the upward swing, and were going to be good for the next few years. So, I definitely wanted to join in and have a chance to win the National Championship."
"We started off with a real strong schedule (this year)," continued the shortstop from St. Louis. "We were playing top 10 teams, top 5 teams, our first few (games). I thought it was actually a real good thing that we did that. Just getting used to this level of pitching."
Marston talked about how she's had to become more aggressive at the plate this year.
"Against these good pitchers, you can't take too many strikes," said Marston. "At the beginning of the season, I was taking early strikes, and I was always hitting with two strikes, just trying to battle. Coach E told me too hit the first strike. When I started doing that, I was getting better results, and have been hitting the ball hard. So, I've been trying to be more aggressive."
Marston told me that she likes playing shortstop, but if she wasn't playing short, that she would probably like to play in the outfield. And, she addressed her goals for the remainder of her freshman year.
"To just keep winning," said Marston. "And, to take the post-season as far as we can go."
The Tigers will be heading to Oklahoma City May 14-16 for the Big 12 Tourney. The 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series will also be played in Oklahoma City from June 3-9.