Jan. 30, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In honor of our 30th anniversary of playing fastpitch softball at Florida State, we will be showcasing numerous players this season from throughout Seminole history who have helped set the foundation for what the program is today.
Today's selection is Penny Siqueiros. Senior catcher Celeste Gomez was able to talk to the former shortstop and current head coach at Emory about her time as a Seminole.
1. What years did you play softball for Florida State?
2. What position?
3. What was your favorite memory playing at Florida State?
An equally favorable memory is when we won our first game against Fresno State immediately following that Louisiana regional in the College World Series. It came down to Fresno having the bases loaded and we were up by one run in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Their lefty slapper was up to bat and she could fly. The tying run on second base was Julie Smith, an All-American and Olympian softball player. I could feel at that moment with total confidence that Debbie was going to pitch a screwball for a strike on the 3-2 count. I also was 100% confident that the Fresno slapper was going to slap the ball in the 5-6 hole towards me. I was fully prepared and wanted that play in my hands. Sure enough once the pitch was released the ball chopped into the 5-6 hole. As soon as I touched it I had to get rid of it. As the ball sailed across the field toward our first baseman, out of the corner of my eye I could see Julie Smith rounding third base and going home which eventually would be the winning run if she scored. As the ball hit our first baseman's glove, we all held our breath for a split-second waiting for the umpire to make the call, which seemed like an eternity. OUT! She's out, she's out, she's out! We celebrated so hard and jumped so high that even our third baseman landed on my cleat and punctured a hole in between my big toe and my second toe with her cleat. We both looked at each other and asked if we were okay, we said we were and we kept hugging it out.
4. Did you have any superstitions?
5. Where was your favorite place to play (outside of FSU)?
6. What made you want to come to FSU?
7. Did you have any embarrassing/funny moments on the field?
8. If you could go back in time, would you do anything different?
9. What is your favorite memory off the field with your teammates?
"For our Throw-Back-Thursday I was honored to chat with Penny Siqueiros," said Gomez. "It was so awesome to hear all the stories and memories she made when she was wearing the Garnet and Gold. She had so many funny stories that I know I will be telling others as well. And also "chill-bump moments" like when she was in the World Series.
"Our goal this year is to repeat Seminole history and make it to the Women's College World Series. Then I can be like Penny and have memories to share to the future Garnet and Gold players on how we made it to the WCWS, just like others before our time. Talking to Penny makes me realize you only get so many years to wear the jersey, so make all the memories you can. My job as a Seminole is not only to make my team and coaches proud but to make the ones who wore the colors and jersey proud as well."
Continue to check back to Seminoles.com throughout the season as we continue with the Throwback Thursday and Wayback Wednesday series.