Watten On Bessho: "Brit is definitely one of the biggest leaders on this team because she's so vocal, positive and hungry. She's eager and she's definitely one of those catchers that you absolutely want on the field somewhere all the time because she's such a strong influence on everyone. She keeps everyone up and she's just got good energy. She works really well on the pitchers. They're really comfortable throwing to her and she can call her game. She's one that we really want to keep out there all the time."
As a Junior (2007):Started 38 games in her first season as a Terp and appeared in 45, seeing extensive time at catcher and third base ... began slowly, but excelled late in the season ... recorded a nine game hitting streak, third longest on the team, and tops among returning players ... also holds top average (.292) and slugging percentage (.348) among returnees ... hitting streak included eight hits in five games against Virginia Tech and NC State, who had the top two records in the ACC ... had multiple hits in five games ... had two runs and two RBIs on two doubles in four at-bats in an upset of ACC Champion Virginia Tech (4/22) ... team went 18-12 when she started at catcher.
Before Maryland: Played the 2004 and 2005 seasons at the University of Tennessee, making 64 starts at catcher during her time in Knoxville ... started 31 games as a freshman in 2004, when she caught four no-hitters ... appeared in 64 games (33 starts) as a sophomore in 2005, batting .236 and finishing with a perfect (1.000) fielding percentage ... helped lead the Vols to their first WCWS appearance in 2005 ... Vols finished third in the WCWS, posting an overall record of 67-15 (tying the NCAA mark for most wins in a season) ... saw action in 10 NCAA tournament games in her Tennessee career ... captured her high school's Most Athletic Female award at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, Ga., where she was a standout in softball, basketball and lacrosse ... a four-time all-county selection in softball, helping Lassiter to a regional crown and a state tournament berth in 2002 ... led her team in hitting three years ... played on the Atlanta Vipers club team which advanced to the ASA Gold Nationals.
Personal: Born Sept. 14, 1984 ... daughter of Bob and Tricia Bessho ... has a brother, Nick ... named to the SEC "Good Works Team" for her community service efforts while at Tennessee ... enjoys listening to country legends George Jones and Willie Nelson ... dreams of vacationing in Italy ... majoring in food science.
Bessho at the plate ...
Year G-GS Avg. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB 2004 UT 46-31 .217 69 6 15 3 0 0 6 0-0 2005 UT 64-33 .236 123 9 29 4 1 0 15 0-0 2006 Sat out after transfering 2007 45-38 .292 89 9 26 3 1 0 7 1-1 Total 155-102 .249 281 24 70 10 2 0 28 1-1