Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

A monster season

Frankenstein living up to her name

May 12, 2005


Destiny Frankenstein's game finally has caught up with her name.

For two seasons, the most remarkable aspect of Frankenstein's Kansas University softball career was her unusual moniker.

Now, the junior shortstop from Broken Arrow, Okla., is having a, uh, monster year.

"What I see in Destiny is someone who has matured quite a bit," KU coach Tracy Bunge said. "She's been consistent all season in her approach."

Frankenstein has been Bunge's every-day shortstop since she arrived as a freshman in 2003. She always has been a solid fielder, but Frankenstein hit a meager .214 as a freshman and an unremarkable .263 as a sophomore (although the latter mark led the team).

Going into this week's Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma City, Frankenstein is hitting a robust .371. More surprising, she almost has doubled her career home-run output.

Frankenstein hit three homers as a freshman and four as a sophomore. This year she already has slammed 13, one more than the school single-season record set by Leah Tabb, another Oklahoma prep product, in 2001.

"I feel really comfortable," Frankenstein said. "I'm really settled into my place on the team. As an underclassman, it was hard to find my niche."

It also, she conceded, was hard to find the kind of bat she liked until this year. Bunge switched brands, opting for DiMarini over Worth between seasons, and the new bats have been like magic wands for Frankenstein.

"The barrel is longer in the fat part of the bat," she said. "It's the kind of bat I used in high school, and coming back to that type of bat makes me feel more comfortable."

Frankenstein also leads the Jayhawks in runs (36), doubles (11), walks (22), slugging percentage (.741) and on-base percentage (.458).

In the field, she has been impressive, too. Kansas ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 (behind Texas) in fielding percentage, thanks in large part to Frankenstein making just six errors in 181 chances.

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