MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - When Rainbow Wahine softball coach Bob Coolen recruited Kelly Majam, he knew he was getting a special player.
But I doubt anyone knew she's be this good this fast. Majam has made defensive plays that have turned games in Hawaii's favor. And she's been red hot at the plate, a true freshman sensation.
"Putting her in the number one slot in our lineup is something we were looking at the whole time once we graduated Tanisha Milka last year," Coolen said. "Someone to get on base, but also had the home run power to set the table and give us an instant run leading off the game. She's done that and more or us."
In 33 games this season, Majam is hitting 394. She's got seven doubles, two triples and 15 home runs. That's a lot for anyone in just 33 games, but for a freshman who stands just 5-foot-3, 15 homers is amazing.
"When I hit I use my whole body. I'm not very big. I think that's where it comes from. I just try my hardest," Majam said.
Majam may set a new school record for home runs. Kate Robinson hit 21 long balls two years ago. That's the record now. But at her current pace, Majam will hit 24 or 25.
"I take it one at bat at a time and one game at a time," she said. "I'm not really pushing for a certain number. If it comes it comes and I'm really happy with it."
Coolen recruited Majam out of Pine Valley, California, just east of San Diego.
But in December of 2008, she tore her ACL. She missed all of last season, but instead of allowing her to stew over her injury, Coolen took her on road trips even through she couldn't play.
"It made her anxious to really get out there because she saw that we were so competitive," Coolen said. "We were so close to making things come to fruition in regards to winning the WAC."
The Wahine finished a half a game out of first place last year. This year, with Majam's help, they may win the WAC.
The conference season starts Friday against San Jose State.