As Corban senior softball player Stephanie Nippert approaches the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' (NAIA) all-time career home run record, the soft-spoken two-time Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Year is getting a lot of media attention from around the state of Oregon.
Coming into her fourth and final season in a Warrior uniform, Nippert was 23 home runs away from tying former Lubbock Christian All-American Kim Frazier at the top of the list. Just past the midway mark of the conference schedule, Nippert had pulled within one of Frazier's record with 12 games left in the regular season and that is when the media blitz began.
Last Tuesday, KPTV Fox 12 Oregon reporter Laura Rillos traveled down to Salem and interviewed Nippert, her parents, and head coach Nathan Ohta for a special that ran April 21 during the weekly “Oregon Sports Final” show.
Nippert, who was poised to tie the all-time career record this week, only got one chance against rival Northwest Christian, as the Beacons intentionally walked her six times in seven plate appearances.
On the same day that KPTV was at Corban, sports reporter Timm Collins of the “Statesman Journal” interviewed both Nippert and Ohta for a story that ran one day later highlighting her accomplishments so far during her career as well as the success of Corban this season.
This week's coverage came to a head today when John Canzano wrote a column in Sunday's “Oregonian” talking about the similarities between Nippert and Frazier, as well as enlighting the reader about both players away from the diamond.
On Friday April 19, Nippert tied the NAIA record with her 76th career home run in Game #1 against Southern Oregon. She will have a chance to break the record in front of the home crown this weekend when the Warriors close out the regular season against Concordia and Northwest on Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27, respectively.