Over the next several weeks leading up to the Oregon State softball season opener, we will feature a new member of the softball team. Fallon Molnar is a freshman utility player from Cayucos, California and is majoring in agricultural business.
Why did you choose Oregon State?
For the agriculture program, the location, and I loved the softball team.
What do you enjoy about your major?
The fact that it is preparing me for my future job and that it is fun to learn about something that I love.
What do you like most about playing softball?
The feeling of success after the work is put in and the love and cohesion of my teammates.
What is your favorite thing about playing for coach Berg?
That she is so knowledgeable, laid back, confident, a fun person and fun to play for.
What does your uniform number mean to you?
I have had my number since I played baseball at the age of 8 and it signifies all of the past time and effort I have put into this sport to get here and it still is with me in college where I have always wanted the both of us to be.
What are the team goals for this season?
To play for each other and not ourselves so we can win the series in Oklahoma.
What is your personal goal for the season?
To try 100% for the people around me.
What athlete did you idolize growing up and why?
Sierra Romero. Because she is such a great hitter and person. She broke hitting records and is now playing professionally. I have hoped I could be the Sierra Romero of my generation.
What age did you know you wanted to play softball in college and what made you realize that?
At the age of 13 because 8th grade was my first year playing softball, I had played baseball previously. I could not imagine life without this sport after high school and I wanted to go all the way to the top instead of just going to senior year of high school. I wanted to do it for my family and town because I live in a small town and I am the first kid in generations to play a division I sport. I wanted to be known for something that I am really good at. I can only play softball for so long, but I can rodeo for the rest of my life because I used to want to rodeo competitively when I was young.
What song/band is most likely to be playing on your phone?
Country music. I grew up on a ranch and this is my first time actually living in town. We would have a lot of family gatherings at the ranch and swing dance to country music. I can relate to country much more than I can to any other music. It doesn't just sing about love, it sings about other important things in life such as America, home, family, religion, and rodeo, etc.
Do you have any pregame rituals or traditions?
Usually eating a good breakfast in the morning and relaxing, messing around before the game to relieve the intimidated, yet excited feeling. I am usually wanting to succeed so badly that I get a little over my head and have to think about something else rather than what pitch I am going to hit when I get up to bat.
What reality show could you see yourself being a part of?
Duck Dynasty. Because my family and lifestyle are very similar to theirs.
What is the best thing about living in Corvallis?
How small the town is and how supportive of Oregon State they are.
What is your biggest phobia?
Being helpless in a scary situation such as swimming far into the ocean with a shark sighting, or being alone in a jungle full of tigers... something like that.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Anything on the ranch or in the outdoors. I love to ride horses and rope cattle. I love to camp, hunt, and fish. I love karaoke and dancing.
What is your favorite place on campus to hang out?
The farm on the west side of campus. It's so peaceful and it smells and looks kind of like home.
Go to food spot in Corvallis:
Favorite vacation destination:
Ranch in Montana
Words to live by:
"The greatest conquests in life come not from trying to never fail but continuing to try after you fail."