Live Washington softball chat with Heather Tarr, Jenn Salling
Highlights of Tuesday's live chat with Washington softball coach Heather Tarr and Huskies player Jenn Salling.
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Washington softball coach Heather Tarr and standout player Jenn Salling gave advice to younger players, superstitions and playing in the tough Pac-10 in a live chat with readers Tuesday.
Q: What advice do you have for a softball player in Georgia that wants to be a softball player at UW?
Salling: Come to a summer camp and for more information visit www.washingtonsoftballcamps.com in the summer months.
Q: Coach, have you ever been ejected from a game?
Tarr: I've only been kicked out once so far at LSU in 2006. I try not to get caught up in the umps calls. I always assume they might make calls that I don't agree with so I try to not let it affect me.
Q: Jenn, who has been your role model and mentor throughout your career at UW?
Salling: My role model was my dad. From the day I was born, I was always at the softball field. My dad played fastpitch at a pretty high level and was a good catcher.
Q: Jenn, do you enjoy defense more than at bats?
Salling: They are different. Hitting is more mental than defense can be but I enjoy them both because they are both crucial parts of the game. I love making fun plays on defense like in the hold like Derek Jeter.
Q: Jenn, have you always been a shortstop?
Salling: No, I caught and then I played third a bit and have played shortstop for 11 years. I liked catching a lot too but shortstop is more fun for me personally.
Q: What's your favorite inspirational sports movie?
Salling: "A League Of Their Own."
Tarr: "Any Given Sunday" — I love the Al Pacino speech!
Q: Who's the most underrated player on the team this year?
Tarr: I think Kimi Pohlman is because I think she should get an invite to try out for the U.S. National Team.
Q: Why did the team struggle offensively toward the end of the year? Which is the toughest pitcher you faced this year?
Salling: Good pitching beats good hitting on any given day. It's all about getting the timely hits. Every Pac-10 pitcher is very good from Jolene Henderson at Cal to Dallas Escobedo at ASU.
Q: What's your favorite team chant?
Salling: Dawg Machine! Come to the game to hear it!
Q: How difficult is it to prepare for the kind of nationally ranked competition that's in the Pac-10 every week?
Tarr: It's a grind. And we wouldn't want to have it any other way. It prepares us for the postseason and we are proud to be in the conference of champions, the Pac-10.
Q: What is your favorite uniform combo?
Salling: White pants and purple top, and white pants gold top.
Q: Can you give an update on Danielle Lawrie? How often do you get to see her or talk to her?
Tarr: We see her whenever she comes to town. She just came to watch her brother Bret play in Tacoma and you should check her out on twitter @DanielleLawrie5 she will give you all of the updates!
Q: What is the funniest thing to happen this season?
Salling: On J.T.'s (assistant coach J.T. D'Amico) 40th b-day we smashed him in the face with a whipped cream pie and he took it like a champ!
Q: Jenn, what is the funniest nickname a teammate has ever given you?
Salling: The Shetland ... look it up