Frost stays ready for when Stanford softball calls her name

May 12, 2016

Lauren Frost

Lauren Frost

Eagle River’s Lauren Frost never knows when her name will be called off the bench with the Stanford University softball team.

The freshman infielder has played sparingly but stays ready.

She proved that earlier this week when she drove the ball up the middle for a pinch-hit single in the fifth inning of a 10-4 loss to Arizona State.

It was her first at-bat since March 30.

Frost, of Eagle River High fame, is hitting .220 in 22 games, including 13 starts. Five of her nine hits have gone for extra-bases, including four home runs.

She didn’t play softball in high school and instead was an all-conference infielder for the Wolves. Her dad Gregg was her coach.

She is the first Stanford softball player from Alaska and one of the few to play in the Pac-12.

Frost ranks third among the Cardinal with a .537 slugging percentage, despite getting half as many at-bats as most of her teammates.

During an eight-game stretch in late February and early March when she filled in for an injured starter she ignited Stanford’s 5-3 record – the team’s best showing during an otherwise difficult 13-33 season.

Frost had a .400 batting average on 8-for-20 hitting. She collected 12 RBIs, 10 runs and four home runs. One of her homers was a pinch-hit grand slam during a 12-4 win over Coastal Carolina.