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Canadia, Catholic, co-captain brings diversity
By Ross Weener
Becky Austen
Becky Austen (Pembroke, Ont.)

Canadian, Catholic and a co-captain, Becky Austen has brought diversity to the Calvin softball field. A native of Pembroke, Ont., and a graduate of Fellowes High School, Austen carried a 3.7 GPA and was a leader on a young Calvin softball team this past spring. She has been a eight-time member of the Calvin Dean’s List and a four-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. This spring, she was named to the the Verizon Academic All-District IV softball team for the second time in her career.

Along with working hard in the classroom, Austen has also worked hard on the field, starting all four years at either shortstop or second base. Austen played the bulk of her games this year at second base. She finished the year with a .340 batting average, 19 runs scored, 18 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .407. The number-two hitter in the Calvin lineup, Austen also collected a team-high 17 sacrifice hits. In addition, she swiped 12 bases in 13 attempts finishing her career with 28 stolen bases on 30 attempts. Defensively, Austen was superb, compiling a .961 fielding percentage, committing just six errors in 155 fielding chances.

School and athletics also had to be juggled with Becky’s part-time job as an athletic trainer for many of Calvin’s sports teams.

“I got into sports medicine because I missed the gym. I played so many sports in high school that when I got to Calvin and only played softball outside, I missed the gym,” she said. “I loved the role of being ‘a mom’ and helping with physical healing as well as the emotional and psychological issues associated with team sports.”

Being a Catholic at Calvin helped Becky develop and defend her faith beliefs. “When you go into a situation where others are not familiar with your faith, it is vital to know your own faith well. I love talking to people about truth and trying to learn more about truth through reading and conversation.”

This fall Austen is headed to South Bend, Ind., to attend Notre Dame Law School.

So if law was the intention all along, why a degree in exercise science with a concentration in sports medince? “I wanted to learn about the body. It will be practical knowledge that I will be able to use everyday. I don’t regret it at all.”

For Becky the path ahead leads through Notre Dame where battting gloves and ground balls are traded for case studies and law briefs. Said Austen about her Calvin experience: “All in all I feel like the education I received was well worth the money I paid.”