Catching up with BSU softball: Summer Monsrud
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Catching up with BSU softball: Summer Monsrud

We caught up with Bemidji State freshman outfielder Summer Monsrud this week as the softball team prepares to open its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference slate this weekend at the BSU softball field against Southwest Minnesota State University and No. 13 Minnesota State University, Mankato. Monsrud, a product of Bemidji High School, is the daughter of Eric Monsrud, a former BSU men's hockey and baseball player who is the current color analyst for the Beaver men's hockey games on Lakeland Public Television. The younger Monsrud has gotten off to a strong start this season from the lead-off position as she is hitting .349 in 15 games this seaosn. She currently leads the team with eight runs scored and four stolen bases.

As a freshman, what has your adjustment been like to the college game?

In high school it’s a lot slower, and in college it’s really fast pace.  There’s a lot of stuff to learn other than in high school when you just go through the motions.

What is your mentality when you are at the plate?

I try to connect with the ball. I want to hit it down usually, if I hit it up it’s a popup and they can usually catch it.  I can’t really hit line drives very well.

You are known as someone who likes to use their speed on the base paths. Is that something you have always done or is it something that you have tried to develop in college?

I’ve always done that, when I steal I just keep running and I’m like oh my gosh I’m stealing and then I have to run a little faster and get there.

What is it like being able to play softball at Bemidji State, in your hometown?

I just want to make a name for Bemidji High School softball players, because being from Bemidji they’re only into hockey and stuff like that but we’re not just hockey players. 

You come from a hockey family with your dad and uncle both playing here. What do they think about you being able to continue the Monsrud tradition of playing collegiate athletics but on another playing surface?

They really like it. They knew I wasn’t into winter sports or anything.  My dad also played baseball and my grandpa coached baseball so they’re both really happy that I’m sticking with it.

What has your dad tried to teach you from his experiences in terms of being a collegiate athlete?

My dad is really supportive and he tries to teach me how to play like him because he was a really good athlete and he always says I play like him so that’s a compliment.

How has senior Courtney Loegering helped you transition into being a collegiate outfielder?

She helps a lot.  I really look up to her on the team. Even before we started the season I kind of just knew I was going to look up to her just because she’s fast, she plays center, we’re both outfielders.  We mesh well together. 

What is something about yourself that not everyone knows?

I used to bat right handed.

Why did you make the change to batting from the other side of the plate?

My dad said it looked weird so he changed it.

Do you think the switch has helped you at the plate?

I guess I didn’t really have a lot of time to see if I was good at batting right handed because I started playing in eighth grade and just switched.

What do you and your teammates like to do in your spare time?

We haven’t really had time to hang out and stuff like offseason but whenever we do we have bonfires and stuff and just team bonding.

You just had a chance to play 12 games in Florida over spring break. How was that experience?

That was so fun, I have never done anything like that before.  I never really went anywhere out of Minnesota to play so it was really fun. 

How do you think the games in Florida helped to prepare you for the tough competition you will see in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference?

I think it helped us prepare a lot because we saw some really good pitchers and some really good hitting teams.