April 9, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As the softball season continues, purduesports.com checked in with freshman outfielder Gabi Brown to see how things are going, her expectations for the year and some inside scoop on what makes her tick.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I think I'm most excited for just the experience, getting a lot of experience and seeing how things are run at a college level.
What was the most challenging part of the fall for you?
I'd say the most challenging part was when we did the program where the guys came to work with our team. That was really challenging for me, the whole land and water thing we did, I wasn't really able to swim so that was kind of hard. But being mentally tough enough to do that helped me a lot.
If you could look into the future, what would you want to see yourself accomplishing by the end of your senior year?
By the time I'm a senior, I just want to see myself being a key part of the team and helping the team get to post season, and being a big contributor to that. Also just setting a good example and just really being able to help out the team.
What are your goals for your first season?
For this year, my goal is to just get as much experience as possible, and do whatever I can to help us make it to the post season as of now.
What are you most nervous for this year?
I don't think I'm really nervous about anything. Yet.
How has the transition from high school softball to college softball been?
The transition has been a lot different from high school. My high school wasn't the best, I pretty much helped run our program, and here it's a lot more intense and a lot more fast paced. It's just on a totally different level.
What do you feel you bring to the team?
I feel that I bring high-energy, speed and drive, just a strong want to get the job done, whatever it is.
What was it like getting on the bus for your first road game?
It was really exciting. I had an adrenaline rush, so I was just really hyper and excited the whole time. I'm sure the girls would tell you I was just pretty wired and off the wall. I was just crazy excited about everything.
What teams are you most excited to play this year?
I'm really excited to play Michigan, and I'm excited to play Penn State. I really like when we play the higher ranked teams, just to see how we stack up against the best of the best.
What is your guilty pleasure, a TV show, book, song or food you can't live without?
I can't live without McDonald's.
What is on your iPod that would surprise your teammates?
How was it playing in your first college game?
It was really exciting for me. Big adrenaline rush as always, I was just super wired.
Playing in the outfield vs. batting, does it make a difference?
No, I am just excited either way. You know I just have a lot of opportunity here, so I need to take advantage of it any way that I can.