May 8, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Freshman pitcher Lexy Moore has been a mainstay for Purdue in the circle throughout the 2012 season, appearing in 37 of the team's 50 games. With the regular season wrapping up, purduesports.com sat down with the rookie and talked about the season thus far, mental toughness and her love of sugar packets.
What was the most challenging part of the fall for you?
I think just adjusting to what the team was like because I've played on the same team most of my life and I've been very close to my teammates. I think adjusting to that and adjusting to being on my own and not with my family. Also, just practicing every day was really hard. Conditioning at six every morning was tough, but I actually liked it because I'd already be up for class. I couldn't go back to sleep.
How was your transition from high school to college softball?
College softball is way more mental. You kind of have to live and breathe it. You have to make sure you're focused. You have to make sure you keep that you keep it as one of your top priorities, not above school though. You have to just keep it in the back of your mind when you want to do stuff. You have to make sure you're focusing on softball so you can get better.
Talking about the mental part of the game, it seems that is even more important for you because you are pitching so much. It seems like the more you pitch the less you get rattled when something bad might happen. Do you feel like you've kind of developed that over the fall and over the season so far?
I think the more I pitch the more confident I get. I feel like at first it was really nerve racking for me because I hadn't pitched a lot. It was just kind of like `whoa this crazy, I'm going in and we're playing big teams.' I feel like pitching when we weren't playing as tough of teams and winning those games boosted my confidence and made me so I'm more confident when I pitch now.
Now, do you feel like you can just shake it off and know that you can go after the next batter?
Yeah, especially when someone gets a hit. I've been reading that this book that we read with our team called Heads-Up Baseball. It just kind of says you have to shake it off and you just have to go to the next play because you can't fix what just happened. It happened and you just have to move on.
What were you most nervous for this season?
At the beginning of the year, I was most nervous about just letting down my team. I want to make sure that I hit my spots and that I am getting my ball to move to make sure that we can field the balls that the other team is hitting. I wanted to make sure that I was doing the most I could to get the outs.
I always get nervous, but I definitely feel like my nerves have calmed down a lot I feel more confident.
Obviously your goals have changed since the beginning of the season because you didn't know you were going to be pitching so much. What were your goals for your first year and how have they changed?
My goals at first were just to try to get playing time and just do my best. They changed a lot because I definitely didn't think I was going to be pitching as much as I am now. I feel like now my goals are just trying to keep my team in the game, cheer for them and do the best that I can.
When you look into the future what do you hope to accomplish by the end of your senior year?
I'm going to be a dietitian so I want to be sure that I graduate and get all of my credits. I do want to have a family someday -- not at the end of my four years, but someday. Softball wise, I just want I just want to go to post season; that's one big goal for me.
What do you feel like you bring to the team besides pitching?
I feel like I'm loud in the dugout, I keep everybody up. I'm very nice and I'm positive.
What was the first road trip like for you? How is the travel now?
It was definitely awesome. I was excited. I didn't know what to expect at first. I was really nervous. It was really exciting though. We were all really crazy and ready to go; it was fun. I feel like now it's more of a nonchalant thing, but it's still exciting even though I'm used to it.
Were there any teams you were excited to play or that you're still excited to play?
I really like travelling for Big Ten games. Traveling preseason was still pretty exciting because we went to California and Florida, but I like going to and playing at other Big Ten schools. Going to IU was really exciting, but I feel like we just need to make sure we are ready to play no matter where we are. I'm so excited to play Michigan because they are number one in the conference right now.
What is you're guilty pleasure: a TV show, song, or food that you can't live without?
Vampire Diaries. Food wise, I love packets of sugar. I don't know why but I just love packets of sugar; I'll just eat them plain.
What's on your iPod that would surprise your teammates?
Madonna . I'm really trying to think of a good one that I really like, an old one. Anne Murray is on my iPod. That's my mom's favorite singer. You have heard that song -- "Even though we ain't got money..." (Danny's Song)... Oh, and I have Michael Jackson; I love Michael Jackson.
What was it like playing in your first game?
Awesome. It was very exciting for Coach Maher to read off my name as part of the lineup. I was really nervous at first, but I feel like I got more confidence as the game went on. It's still exciting to hear her call my name and I still get a little nervous.
What's harder for you: fielding a grounder after pitching or throwing the perfect pitch?
You have to be very mentally tough as a pitcher. I think making sure that I'm staying ahead in the count is the hardest thing. I don't really worry about throwing the perfect pitch or fielding grounders.
Your family has made it to a few games. What is it like for you having that extra support there?
I kind of block out everybody, but I'll look and see them. It's awesome. I think next year since my family is moving to California they probably won't be here as much, but this year it has definitely helped a lot. I just love seeing them there and having that support system. My grandpa texts me before every game whether he's going to be there or not and says good job or good luck. It's awesome.
Who is your hero or someone you look up to? What impact did have they had on you?
My mom. She has definitely helped me through a lot. When I was younger she was my coach. She also helped me through my recruiting process. She has just always been there for me.