Hayley Busby has been an infielder her entire career, but a couple weeks ago, coach Kenny Gajewski wanted to give her a look in the outfield.
The No. 13 Oklahoma State softball team have a hole to replace after Rylee Bayless, last year’s starting right fielder and lead-off hitter, graduated after last season. The Cowgirls need someone to fill that void.
Gajewski was impressed with what he saw from Busby. Along with being the best right-handed hitter on the team, he said she has good movement skills, a strong arm and high softball IQ.
She batted .388 last season at Virginia, and her settling in in the outfield will open up the DP spot for another player to take.
The Cowgirls have established players returning to fill the other outfield spots.
Center fielder Cheyanne Factor made a quick first impression in her first season, making the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. She made a couple of defensive highlight plays in addition to her consistent offensive contributions.
She finished fourth on the team in hits, home runs and RBIs.
Michaela Richbourg will likely slide into the other outfield spot.
She packs a punch at the plate, finishing second on the team last season with 14 home runs as a sophomore.
Chelsea Alexander also returns for OSU and is another option in the outfield. Exclusively a pinch runner when she first arrived in Stillwater, Alexander has thrived in her outfield role.
Her speed allows her to cover a lot of ground, both defensively and when running the bases. Offensively, she doesn’t have a lot of power, but is a solid hitter to have round out the batting order.