Tarah Black

Tarah Black

Player Profile


Portland, Ore.

High School:
Central Catholic HS





2009 (Junior):
Tarah Black appeared in 41 games, starting 28 in mainly right field with three outings at first base ... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors ... Hit .301 with eight runs and 11 RBI ... Tallied a home run, triple and six doubles ... Started the season on a five-game hitting streak, including a perfect 3-for-3 performance against Southern Utah (Feb. 15) with a double and three RBI ... Crushed her lone triple against Santa Clara (Mar. 7) on a 1-for-2 outing with two RBI ... Belted her lone homer at Portland State (Apr. 8) ... Tied together a six-game hitting streak with a pair of multi-hit games against Portland State (Apr. 8) and Oregon (Apr. 11) ... Finished the season on a three-game hitting streak with all three hits, two singles and double, in pinch hitting appearances ... Stole two bases on three attempts ... Walked four times and hit by pitch three times ... Earned a .974 fielding percentage with 36 putouts and two assists ... Helped turn three double plays.
2008 (Sophomore): Appeared in 47 games, starting 34, mostly in the outfield or as the designated player ... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors ... Hit .248 with 15 runs and nine RBI ... Belted a pair of home runs with three doubles ... Nailed first home run against Utah State (Mar. 15) and then against No. 22 California (Apr. 12) ... Had back-to-back three-hit games at Florida International (Mar. 9) and Mississippi Valley State (Mar. 12), posting a perfect 3-for-3 appearance against Mississippi Valley State with two runs and a RBI ... Had five multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game ... Tied her career-high four RBI against Utah State ... Stole six bases on six attempts ... Walked six times ... Posted a .962 fielding percentage with 43 putouts and seven assists ... Helped turn one double play.
2007 (Freshman): Appeared in 29 games, starting 14, mostly at catcher ... Tallied five runs and three home runs with nine RBI ... Scored game winning home run in the top of the seventh against UNLV (Feb. 15) in her first career at bat ... Hit first career grand slam against Boston College (Mar. 7) adding another run as a pinch runner ... Hit the game winning three-run home run against Liberty (Mar. 9) in the bottom of the sixth ... Pinch hitting against Idaho State (Mar. 25) went 1-for-1 with a run ... Stole three bases on four attempts ... Posted a .986 fielding percentage with 65 putouts and seven assists.

Four-year letterwinner and starter for coaches Cristina Costa and Jim Taylor ... Team captain for two seasons ... First team All-Mount Hood Conference catcher in 2005 and 2006 ... Second team All-State catcher as a senior ... Team's Most Valuable Player as both a junior and a senior ... Second team infielder in 2004 ... Played in the senior All-Star game ... Also won two letters in basketball as a point guard and played outside hitter for the JV volleyball team ... Named most improved basketball player in 2004 ... While a member of the basketball team, Central Catholic earned a fourth place and a sixth place finish in the state tournament ... member of the National Honor Society ... Honor Roll student ... Rambassador ... Math Club member.

Born in Portland, Ore. ... Daughter of Cindy and Don Black ... Has an older sister, Jessica ... Majoring in Exercise and Sports Science ... Considering a profession in physical therapy ... Cousin, Chase Bains, currently attends Oregon State and is a softball team manager ... Former prep teammates playing NCAA Division I softball include current Beavers Dani Chisholm and Kelly Dyer, Emily Reilly at Utah State, Ashley Martens at Utah State, and Sarah Clark at Oakland University ... Lists Alex Rodriguez as her favorite athlete ... Biggest athletic thrill to date was playing in Beijing, China against the Chinese Olympic team ... Chose Oregon State because, "I wanted to play at the highest level of competition and the girls and coaches really made me feel like part of the family."

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