Sam Fischer ’12, Hitter

When the LMU softball season ended April 29, Sam Fischer held the highest batting average, .492, in NCAA Division 1 softball.

Senior shortstop Sam Fischer is the greatest hitter in LMU softball history. She is the all-time home run and RBI leader in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, and she’s on track to finish as LMU’s career leader in home runs, RBIs and batting average. That would make Fischer a career Triple Crown holder. We asked about her hitting secrets. She was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch

“My approach is to be selectively aggressive, to swing hard at good pitches. Even the best pitchers, like Blaire Luna of Texas, throw one good pitch in every at bat, because they need a strike to get ahead of the batter. You never know when that pitch is going to come, so you have to be ready all the time.”

“In softball, pitchers’ release points are important. When I’m at the plate, I don’t look at the pitcher’s face or glove, I look at her hip. I call it the ‘window.’ That’s the only thing I’m looking at. When I’m zoned in, I see the ball the whole way, from the pitcher’s hand to my bat. I never take my eyes off it.”

“I take hundreds of swings a week to perfect my swing. I’ve been doing it with my dad since I was 10. It’s hard to work on the things that you’re not very good at. If you only work on your strengths, that’s when your weaknesses develop.”

“My favorite is a one-handed drill. I use a little bat, and I first swing with one hand, then the other. In another drill, I turn my lower body as
if my swing is already finished, then swing. That drill makes me aware of how the core of my body pushes through the whole swing.”

“There isn’t any one pitch. Some girls don’t like the outside pitch, but I really like hitting that pitch. My record-breaking home run was on a one-and-two count, and the pitcher tried to pitch me outside. I know the Utah Valley coach, and he said, ‘Where are we supposed to throw to you? You’re hitting it everywhere.’”

“Mariano Rivera. If I could get a hit off him, I could quit playing. And Danielle Lawrie, who now plays professional fastpitch softball. I faced her in the fifth game of my college career when she pitched for the University of Washington, and I struck out three times. I just want another shot at her.”

(Photo by Jon Rou)


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