Sophomore infielder sticks with softball despite mother’s wishes

Sophomore second baseman Sarah Bigej is having a great season so far with 23 runs, 30 hits and 113 at- bats.

Bigej started playing softball at a young age and stuck with it.

“I started playing when I was four, well, tee ball, but as I got older I just stuck to it,” she said.

Her mom tried to get her to take dance or tumbling, but the drive to play softball was her main passion.

“Mom always tried to get me to take dance classes and tumbling but I just always wanted to hit,” she said.

She was a dual athlete growing up, playing softball and soccer, but stuck with softball simply because she liked it more.

She played on the varsity softball team all four years of her high school career at Clackamas High School in Clackamas, Ore.

“In high school I played varsity all four years,” she said. “My freshman year I caught and my sophomore year I played second base. Then my junior year I played second until our catcher broke her leg, then I caught. My senior year I played second base.”

Her high school team was always pretty good, winning league but not state.

“Our team was always pretty good,” she said. “We won league my senior year, but never won state.”

In high school she was a selected to All-League four times, All-State three times and was the league Player of the Year in 2012.

She had a few schools interested in her, but ultimately chose UCA because of the atmosphere and coach David Kuhn.

“I had other schools interested in me but when I came on my visit to UCA, I fell in love with the atmosphere,” she said. “However, Coach Kuhn was the main reason I came to school here. When I met him and saw what he was about I knew that’s where I needed to be.”

Bigej said that she sees softball in her future while attending UCA.

“It’s my plan to continue to play softball at UCA until I graduate,” she said.

Bigej has scored two runs in eight games this season. She also had a game with three RBIs and has 19 on the season.

Bigej has the longest reached base streak on the team with 17 and is currently on a two-game streak.

In 2013, Bigej was named to the All-SLC Third Team as a utility player with a batting average of .283, six home runs, seven doubles and a team high two triples.

During the 42 games played so far, she has only committed nine errors.

Senior infielder Taylor Dear said Bigej brings a lot to the team.

“She brings a passion and drive about winning to the team that we need.” she said.

Bigej said she hopes to finish out the season strong with 10 games left in the regular season, including a game against Oklahoma University.

OU is the No. 2 softball team in the nation through 42 games.

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