April 2, 2013
Throughout the 2013 season, each Seminole softball student-athlete who appears in the program's Q&A section will also be featured on Seminoles.com. The seventh student-athlete is sophomore pitcher Lacey Waldrop.
1. A week ago you had the performance of your life at No. 3 Florida, striking out a career-high 18 batters. What was that moment like for you?
Wow that was an absolutely amazing experience. Playing in front of over 2,000 fans is an incredible feeling. There were a few big moments in the game where I just took a second to stand behind the mound and take it all in, I looked around and I didn't even mind that most of the fans weren't cheering for me because I was in sheer amazement of the atmosphere surrounding the field. Moments and games like that are why as a little girl I wanted to play college softball, I've dreamt of success in those huge moments for a long time and to be in the biggest game of my college career thus far and have success against such outstanding opponents was really a blessing and just brought together all that we work for and play for day in and day out. I just can't wait for the rematch!
2. This season you have shown a big improvement in striking batters out. What do you credit that to?
I would definitely credit my higher strikeouts this year to the work put in during the off season and to Coach Alameda really working with me on developing the mental aspect of pitching. Half of pitching is having confidence in what you're doing on the mound and I think that is something that has really changed in me this year. During my freshman season I really battled with having enough confidence in myself and what I was doing on the mound and I think this year after developing my pitches more over the fall and working on the mental side of things I know I have the ability to strike people out, so I'm a little more relaxed on the mound which helps to give the ball more movement.
3. Name one thing you miss about being a little kid and why?
I really miss the freedom of being a little kid. Now that I'm older I have a lot more responsibilities, as I should, it can create a lot of stress. Dealing with academics and athletics at the same time can get a little hectic. I think a lot of the time I get worried that I don't have enough time in the day to get things done, but when you're a kid you don't think about any of that. When you're younger all that matters is playing outside and spending time with your family, and I wish that sometimes I had the ability to just sit back and enjoy being carefree and spend some extra time with my family.
4. Outside of softball, what are some of the ways you like to spend your free time?
During the summer I really love to spend a lot of time on the river. Growing up we always had a boat that we took out most weekends on the James River, and to this day there is hardly anything I would rather do than enjoy a day on the water wake boarding, tubing, and relaxing with my mom and dad on the boat.
5. What is something the state of Virginia or even the city of Chester offers that you cannot get in Florida?
I think there are so many great things about my home state! Not only can you enjoy the river as I mentioned in the last question, but it is only a short 2 hour drive from Chester to the beach as well as the mountains, and I don't think there are many other places that can offer that kind of diversity. Also one of the most beautiful things that I miss about being at home are the vibrant color changes in the leaves during fall. If anyone hasn't had a chance to really experience fall I would definitely recommend taking a trip up the the Appalachian mountains during October and taking in the beautiful display of colors on the trees.
6. If you had a movie made about you, which actress would you like to have play you and why?
I would love Blake Lively to play me! I'm a huge Gossip Girl fan (so is Celeste Gomez just so you all know) and I think she is a great actress and has amazing style! It also helps that she's tall and has blonde wavy hair like me! A lot of the times when I want my hair done I give my mom, who is a hairdresser, pictures of Blake to go off of.
7. Is there an item out there that you own and you should probably throw away but you never will?
The only thing I can really think of is this grey army t-shirt that my dad brought home for me one day when I was really young. When he first got it for me, it completely engulfed me and I believe it went almost down to my knees, but over the years I grew into it and now I'm sure it's way too small. I think it's still in my dresser back home and I will probably never get rid of it.
8. What are three words to describe assistant coach Travis Wilson? Elaborate on why you chose these words.
Hilarious - because everything he says in his New Zealand accent is funny, and he comes up with some great one liners!
9. If you could go on a road trip with any person (deceased or alive), who would you go with and where would be the final destination?
I would love to go with my parents to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I know that isn't really a road trip, but let's just say we're talking about going on vacation. My parents really got me in to snorkeling when I was younger and it has always been a dream of mine to explore the Great Barrier Reef ever since. To be able to snorkel around the Reef with my parents would be an unforgettable experience.