Started all 52 games as a junior to bring her current streak of games started to 149. Barnes started all games as a sophomore and junior, missing only four career starts. She did play in every game as a freshman and is the only senior to have played in all 169 games since arriving at Oregon. She is the unequivocal leader on the field — ranks tied for seventh all time in career triples (7), tied for seventh all time in career stolen bases (30) and her five triples in 2006 ranks tied for fourth all time on the single season list. With a 3.44 grade point average (Educational Studies), Barnes is also the clear leader off the field as she earned second-team Pac-10 all-academic honors as a junior. Opened the 2006 season with a three-game hitting streak, including going 2-for-6 with two runs scored, a triple and an RBI in two wins over No. 19 Florida as the Ducks opened the season 3-0. A week later, Barnes was the only Oregon player to reach base against fourth-ranked Tennessee at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. For the weekend, Barnes was 4-for-12 (.333) with two runs scored and two RBI as she capped the weekend with a perfect offensive performance (2-for-2; 2R) against Texas El Paso. Two weeks later, Barnes was stellar at the San Diego State tournament, going 6-for-14 (.428) in five games to lead the Duck offense. She had a hit in all five games, including her second triple of the season against San Diego State. Following a 2-for-3 performance vs. Akron on May 26, Barnes’ batting average soared to a season-high .339 and as the Ducks entered Pac-10 play the next weekend, she hit safely in three of Oregon’s first four conference games and her average never dipped below the .300 mark. Had both of her season-high in hits (3) against Pac-10 teams (Stanford, Arizona State) and for the season hit .500 with two runs scored and two triples against the Cardinal. Led the team in average (.320), triples (5) and was second in hits (48) and runs (24). Enjoyed a nine-game hitting streak from May 3-May 12, including a 3-for-3 performance at Arizona State May12. Had the streak snapped in Oregon’s last game of the season.
Barnes is the only Oregon player who started all 61 games for the Ducks in 2005 as she has started 97 consecutive games dating back to 2003. Made all 61 of her starts in center field and hit leadoff for the team in two games, hit second 21 times, but by the end of the season, Barnes settled into the ninth spot (37 games). Clearly the Ducks’ most vocal leader, she came out strong as a sophomore, hitting a home run in back to back games (Riverside, Texas State) on Feb. 12. The following day, Barnes hit her third home run of the season in a 3-2 loss to Oklahoma State. She finished that weekend (Feb. 12-13) going 5-for-10 (.500) with three home runs, six runs scored, five RBI and a double and also set the single game record with four runs scored against Riverside. On Feb. 20, her offense continued to carry the Ducks as she went 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run and three RBI against Portland State. In all, Barnes had four home runs in the Ducks’ first 10 games. On Mar. 9, Barnes’ RBI line drive in the sixth inning led the Ducks to a 2-1 win over Portland State and in the the Ducks’ next victory — a 4-2 win over Longwood Mar. 20 — Barnes’ RBI single in the fifth inning tied the game 2-2 setting up the eventual victory. Was 1-for-1 with a run scored in Oregon’s 3-0 victory over then-No. 2 Arizona at Howe Field Apr. 29 and was 1-for-3 in Oregon’s 3-0 win over UCLA in Los Angeles May 12. Wrapped up the season by going 2-for-3 with a double in the championship game in the NCAA Regional vs. Oklahoma. Had three hits, a run scored, one double and drew three walks in postseason play. One of the Ducks’ quicker players, Barnes is finished the season tied for second on the team with 12 stolen bases and has 20 career steals. Committed just two errors in all 61 games.
After Oregon lost five key seniors from the 2003 squad, the Ducks were going to need to rely on its incoming class in 2004 and Barnes became one of those players. In Oregon’s six fall exhibition games, Barnes established herself as a player that would make an impact in the regular season. Barnes started all six preseason games and led Oregon’s offense, hitting .700 (14-for-20) and also scored 12 runs — another team-high. She had six RBI, two home runs and four doubles to go along with a 1.200 slugging percentage. Despite entering the premier softball conference, Barnes was one of the Ducks’ quicker and more versatile players and went on to start in 52 of Oregon’s 63 games. Barnes’ primary starting post was center field, but she also started five games at second base. After a successful preseason, Barnes started Oregon’s regular season in fine fashion, going 4-for-12 (.333) with three runs scored and an RBI at the Florida International Tournament. During the season, Oregon went on a school-record 14-game win streak and as Northwestern threatened to end the streak at 13 games during the Speedline Invitational in Cleerwater, Fla., Barnes stepped up and helped rally the team to a 9-8 victory. With the Ducks trailing 5-0 in the fourth inning, Barnes came to plate and belted a two-run single to begin a five-run inning for Oregon. It wasn’t the last time Barnes would be key in a close game as she battled Oregon State pitcher Monica Hoffman on March 26, drawing a walk in the bottom of the seventh inning as Oregon trailed 8-7 with two outs. Barnes later scored the winning run as the Ducks opened conference play 1-0 for the second consecutive season. In a remarkable 1-0 win over then-No.1 Arizona at Howe Field, Barnes was 2-for-2 against Wildcat ace Alicia Hollowell . One of Oregon’s quicker players, Barnes led the team in stolen bases (8) and was third among freshman in runs (18) and RBI (11).
Barnes played for the Washington LadyHawks summer team, which finished second at the NSA Western World Series in 2001. Shorecrest High School won the state title in 2001 and finished second in state in 2002 and 2003. Barnes earned All-WESCO honors for her play at shortstop in 2001, 2002 and 2003 as well as for her play at second base in 2000. Finished her high school career with 122 hits, 37 RBI and 40 stolen bases en route to earning first-team all-state honors as a senior. Barnes also plays varsity soccer, club soccer and basketball. She earned MVP honors for soccer in 2002 and was a second-team all-WESCO goalkeeper. Was Shorecrest’s outstanding athlete for spring 2003 and was honored with the Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award in 2002.
Born Susanna Kim Barnes on Dec. 28, 1984 in Seoul, Korea. Parents are Dennis and Sandy Barnes. One brother, Danny and two sisters, Ilana and Naomi.
Quote to live by: "Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for." - David Starr Jordan
Advice to youngsters: Don't fall asleep with gum in your mouth
Three people I'd love to have dinner with: Oprah, Kristi Jorgenson and Michael Jordan
Favorite professional athlete: Steve Nash
Dream pet: Penguin