Feb. 21, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - If an all-time Top 5 of great softball players in Cal State Northridge were selected, Beth Onestinghel-Woll would definitely be on the list.
Because of her outstanding exploits on the field while a member of the Matador softball team, Onestinghel-Woll is one of four former Matador student-athletes, two former Cal State Northridge head coaches, and one NCAA championship team who will be formally inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame on March 1 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.
Onestinghel-Woll distinguished herself on the CSUN softball team as a member of the 1985 and 1987 NCAA championship softball teams. Onestinghel-Woll gained All-American honors and was a four-time all-conference selection. She still holds the school record for triples (22) and is still ranked in the CSUN Top 10 in many categories.
"When I first heard the news, I was in shock," said Onestinghel-Woll. "After all these years, I wasn't sure it would happen or that I even deserved the honor. When I think about all the other people already in the Hall of Fame, I am humbled to be included among such a group."
Despite all her impressive individual honors, Onestinghel-Woll remembers the exceptional team chemistry that Cal State Northridge enjoyed.
"I think what made us so unique was that we played as a team," remembers Onestinghel-Woll. "We always stuck together and supported one another. Everyday there was a new hero for the squad and because of that, we are still very close today. We were such a team. We worked hard as a team and did everything together."
Onestinghel-Woll also gives credit for her success to her family.
"I would really like to thank my dad John, my mother Patricia and all of my family for all of their support. My dad was probably my biggest fan and a huge part of my athletic career. Also, I would like to thank coach Torgeson, coach Debbie Ching and Dr. Stutts for all their support during my playing career."
Onestinghel-Woll was coached by Gary Torgeson, who is also a member of the Matador Hall of Fame.
"Beth is very deserving of this honor," said Torgeson. "She worked extremely hard and was a great clutch hitter. Beth always had the ability to come up with the big hits and focus on the task at hand. She was always willing to take risks and get the job done. Some athletes can't do that. Beth was also a great team player with a strong arm. Beth was a natural, a great leader, a great teammate and competitor. She was always an easy person to coach."
Current softball head coach Barbara Jordan played with Onestinghel-Woll on those championship teams.
"She was one of the most clutch players I ever played with," said Jordan. "When the game was on the line, it was great to see her up with runners on. She always came through when it counted most. She was a great teammate and a good person with a good family. Her attitude and the way she carried herself was indicative of the type of person she was. She has good values. She was always a good role model off the field and made good decisions. Here we are 20 years later and she's still ranked in the Top 10 in numerous categories and we're playing in Division I with new technology. That is indicative of what a good hitter she was."
Onestinghel-Woll will join Marcus Brady (1998-01, football), Brian Heinle (1997-01, basketball) and Jeff Kubiak (1985-87, swimming) into this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees.
The two former head coaches are Marwan Ass'ad (men's soccer, 1983-98) and Dr. Barbara Swerkes (track & field, 1972-80).
The 1970 Matador baseball team, which captured the NCAA Division II national title, will also be inducted into the CSUN Hall of Fame, the first time in school history that a team will be honored in such a manner.
The 2009 inductees join 99 other distinguished members of the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, Marwan Ass'ad (men's soccer, 1983-98) will be profiled.
If you would like more information on the Hall of Fame luncheon on March 1, please contact Megan Norman at 818-677-3208 or at megan.norman@ csun.edu
Beth Onestinghel-Woll - Softball (1985-88)
*** A member of the CSUN national championship softball teams in 1985 and 1987
*** A 1988 first team All-American
*** A four-time first team all-conference selection
*** A three-time All-Region selection (1986-88)
*** Still the school record holder in triples (22)
*** Set a single season school record with 14 triples in 1988
*** Still ranked in the CSUN Top 10 in many categories including career games played (#2, 257), single season rbi's (#3, 47, 1988), career rbi's (#4, 124), career hits (#5, 227), career runs scored (#6, 105), career batting average (#10, .320)