Off the Field with Junior Kristie Chin

Providence, RI- Brown University junior pitcher Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) has had a great start to the 2010 softball season.  She has been outstanding at the mound so far as she has a perfect 5-0 record and has helped lead Brown to its 11-6 record.   Chin’s 0.47 earned run average leads the Ivy League, and she has allowed just two earned runs in 30 innings pitched.  Chin also ranks first in opposing batting average in the league (.139), first in runs allowed (8), first in hits allowed (14) and second in wins (5). 

The Bears will now begin Ivy League action when it takes on Penn on Friday, April 2 and 2:00 p.m. and then Columbia on Saturday, April 3 at 12:30 p.m.  

Chin took a few minutes to answer a few questions about the team’s recent success, as well as their upcoming games.

 

Name: Kristie Chin

Year: Junior

Concentration: Civil Engineering & Architectural Studies 

Position: Pitcher

Hometown: Katy, Texas

 

The team has been doing really well and is sporting an 11-6 record.  What do you attribute to its success?

“We’ve really come together as a team this year.  Our defense has been more consistent and we’ve been able to string the hits together on offense.  Overall, we support each other and by taking advantage of our individual strengths, we’ve been able to achieve great things.”

What has Brown’s strengths been so far this season?

“Versatility and perseverance.  The range of talent has enabled our lineup to be both flexible and competitive.  It has been a combined effort, and each member of the team has been able to contribute to its success.  Multiple people have stepped up as leaders and different players have emerged to rise to the occasion.  We also never give up, and as a result we’ve had quite a few comebacks.  Our team is confident enough to believe in itself and fight to the very end.”

What things need to be improved?

“We need to make adjustments at the plate quicker and react to the speeds of different pitchers.  Also, we need to work on getting up earlier in the games, so we can put pressure on the other team and we don’t have to make quite so many comebacks.”

What are your goals for the team and yourself this year?

“I believe that if we continue to build off of and learn from our successes and failures so far, that we really have what it takes to win Ivies this year.  As a pitcher, I would like to focus on hitting my spots and mixing my speeds.  I need to have both accuracy and movement in order to be effective on the mound.  I would also like to improve my timing at the plate in order to contribute on offense. 

The Ivy League season starts this weekend! Who is your biggest competition this year?

“Cornell won last year and I look forward to the challenge this year.  They usually bring their best and I hope that we can bring ours.  With that being said, I know that we will have to bring our A-game every time.  There are no easy teams and we must always come prepared to play; and without ever looking across the field or considering the outcome, we know that we must at least compete.”

Do you prepare and different for the Ivy season?

“No.  We know that each game is going to be tough, so we practice just as hard as we’re going to play.  It takes a certain amount of hard work, dedication, and discipline to achieve any goal, and we know that at the end of the day, regardless of whether we win or lose, what truly matters is that we applied the best ourselves to the task at hand.”

What made you choose Brown over another school?

“The weather, definitely.  Actually, Brown was one of the few places where the flexibility of the departments allowed me to combine both architecture and engineering.”

How did you start playing softball?

“I was kind of setup from the beginning.  My parents actually met playing softball for their company team.  I started playing tee-ball in kindergarten, then baseball, and eventually switched over to league ball in second grade.”

What is your great athletic achievement?

“Making it to the Regional Championships my senior year in high school.”

When you grow up you want to be?

“An architect. And eventually a teacher.  And I’d like for my sister and I to open Double Chin’s Bakery.”

Your favorite “pig out” food is?

“Caramel Corn.”

Your favorite vacation spot?

“Middle of Nowhere Montana.”

People would be surprised to know this about me?

"I own part of a museum.  My mom recently bought the old town hall in her hometown and we're working to renovate the 100-year old building and collect local artifacts along with their history."