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Lovena Chaput
Player Profile:
Lovena Chaput 17470
Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Other Position: Volunteer Coach
City/State: Tualatin, Ore.
High School: Tualatin
Club: Oregon Sun Supply
Club Coach: Tim Hill
Experience: 1st Year


Started all 58 games for Ducks in left field her third straight year of +50 starts. Moved into 10th place all-time for UO in career doubles (28). Stood fourth on team in homers (6), sacrifice flies (2) and putouts (64). Started season off on a tear at the plate with four-game hitting streak and hits in 6 of first 12 at-bats (2 doubles, home run) along with a walk. Had season-high three RBI’s vs. North Dakota (State (1-2, triple). Knocked in three RBI’s again vs. Towson State (2-2, double, homer), part of a four-homer barrage in an eight-game stretch that also included dingers vs. California, Stanford and Idaho State. Hit back-to-back two-run homers in a 4-3 win over California on March 30, and in an 8-0 shutout of Stanford the following day. Added her third home run against Pac-10 competition No. 3 Arizona on April 21. Her RBI double off the right field wall at No. 16 Stanford on May 10 scored the game-winning run in the Ducks’ 5-4 eight-inning victory and gave UO the season series over the Cardinal for the second consecutive year.

Followed her impressive freshman season by improving in several offensive categories, including doubles (12) and RBI (27) and enters her junior season just four doubles and one triple shy of the top-10 UO list. Started 50-of-52 games as a sophomore and committed just two errors throughout the season. Chaput’s 12 double in 2006 ranks tied for eighth on the single-season doubles list. Began the season by going 1-for-3 in a 5-4 win over No. 19 Florida and in Oregon’s next game (also against the Gators), Chaput went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. The following weekend, her offensive play continued to carry the Ducks as she finished the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with a .466 (7-for-15) average, four runs scored and three RBI. Within the span of a week, she had three RBI in two games (Oklahoma State, Northridge) as she homered in both games. Conference play didn’t phase Chaput as she opened league play by going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI against eventual national champion Arizona. She followed that performance against Stanford the following week with a 3-for-3 offensive outing and also hit her fourth home run of the season in that game. Later in the season, Chaput was 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored in back-to-back games vs. Oregon State and Stanford. Hit safely in eight Pac-10 contests, including a string of three-straight games the weekend of May 11-12 against the Arizona schools. Hit her fifth an final home run against the Wildcats on May 11.

Although just a freshman, earned the team’s top offensive player award after a fine freshman season in which she led the squad in hits (57), which was tied for ninth in the Pac-10, runs scored (34), doubles (10), triples (3) and total bases (88). Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as well as a Pac-10 player of the week nod during the season. Was second on the team in average (.310) and home runs (5) and Defensively, committed just four errors. Was one of just three players to play in all 61 games this season, making 56 starts in left field and two starts at shortstop. Came off the bench in the Ducks’ second game of the season and went 1-for-2 with a double. Then had a hit in the Ducks’ next four games and during a six-game hit streak (Feb. 25-Mar. 4), Chaput had a double in three consecutive games, including a 3-for-4, one double, one home run performance against Florida Atlantic Feb. 26. Embarked on another six-game hit streak Mar. 26-Apr. 6 and earned Pac-10 player of the week honors Mar. 28 after leading the Ducks to four wins over Nevada and BYU on Mar. 25 and 26, respectively. Chaput went 6-for-13 (.642) at the plate, including a home run and drove in three runs. She scored two runs and accumulated a .692 slugging percentage. Chaput also drew two walks and tallied nine total bases. More impressively, the freshman leadoff hitter continued her strong play as Pac-10 play began and went 4-for-9 with four runs scored, a triple and an RBI in games vs. Washington and UCLA. Led the Ducks to a sweep over the Bruins at home and opened Pac-10 play with a four game hit streak. In all, Chaput had at least one hit in 13 of 21 conference games and scored at least one run in 28 of the Ducks’ games. Went 5-for-10 with three runs scored and two RBI in three games vs. defending national champion UCLA and was 4-for-9 with three runs and two RBI against Stanford, which won a share of the Pac-10 title. Scored at least one run in three of Oregon’s four postseason games, drew three walks and had one RBI. Played summer ball for the Stratford (Conn.) Brakettes and played in 58 of 61 games (shortstop). Finished the summer leading the team in runs (46) and was fourth in average (.303). Also hit nine doubles, three triples, three home runs and had 21 RBI.

High School
*2001 - First-Team All-League
*2002 - First-Team All-League
*2003 - First-Team All-State, First-Team All-League
*2004 - First-Team All-State, First-Team All-League

A versatile athlete who earned nine letters between four sports (softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball) at Tualatin High School, Chaput brings a resume full of awards and honors from a decorated high school career. After Tualatin was eliminated in the first round of the OSAA state championships in Chaput’s first three seasons, the team led by Chaput’s .469 batting average and stellar defensive play made it to the OSAA championship game in 2004. Chaput’s leadoff single in the first inning sparked a Tualatin rally and the Timberwolves led 2-0 early, but in the end were narrowly defeated by Westview, 3-2. Tualatin finished the season 27-4 and were perfect in Pac-9 play. Chaput earned first-team all-state honors after also earning the honor as a junior in 2003. As a junior, she led the team with a .448 average, 23 runs and six doubles as Tualatin won the Pac-9 championship. Her offense led to a team MVP honor as a junior, but her defense matched and she was named Tualatin’s "Best Defensive Player." Chaput’s offense began as a freshman and her average between her freshman and junior seasons was .444 a Tualatin High School record. Chaput played for the Oregon Sun Supply summer team and helped guide the squad to the junior Olympic National Championship game by scoring the only run in the championship game in 2003. Chose Oregon over Oregon State, North Carolina, Rutgers, St. Johns, Southern Mississippi and Hawaii.

Personal Has one brother.

Chaput Career Statistics
Year     AVG   GP‑GS     AB   R    H   2B   3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO   SB‑ATT
2005    .310   61-58    184   34  57   10   3    5  17   18  39    7-9
2006    .277   51-50    148   20  41   12   2    5  27   14  25   16-23
2007    .182   58-58    154   21  28    6   1    6  24   14  54    3-4
Totals  .259   170-164  486   75  126  28   6   16  68   46  118  26-36



Favorite book: It's Not About the Bike - Lance Armstrong

If I weren't playing softball, I'd be playing: Basketball

Favorite professional athlete: Derek Jeter

Dream vacation spot: Australia

Favorite softball moment: Winning ASA 16U National Championship

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