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    Getting to Know: Freshman Pitcher Chelsea Stanfield
    Freshman pitcher Chelsea Stanfield
    Freshman pitcher Chelsea Stanfield

    Jan. 7, 2013

    NC State’s 2013 softball season begins on Feb. 8 at the Florida International Panther Invitational in Miami, with a new excitement as the fast-pitch program enters its 10th season under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik.

    The squad returns three seniors – Caitlin Dent, Katie Mansilla and Bethaney Wells – as well as 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year Renada Davis, who set a school record last season with a batting average and on-base percentage.

    Over the next five weeks, get to know the 14 players on this year’s roster, beginning with the three newcomers, freshmen Chelsea Stanfield, Hanna Sommer and Lana Van Dyken.

    Stanfield is a lefthander who will join sophomore Emily Weiman as the Wolfpack’s two starting pitchers this season. During her prep career, Stanfield compiled a 17-3 record with an 0.85 earned run average and 134 strikeouts. As a righthanded hitter, she batted .472 with 11 doubles, one home run and 30 RBIs as a senior and .544 with six doubles and 23 RBIs as a junior.

    A native of Franklin, N.C., Stanfield is proud of her mountain roots and loves outdoor activities. Here’s more about one of the Wolfpack’s three newest players.

    Chelsea Stanfield
    Franklin, N.C. (Franklin HS)
    Position: Pitcher
    Throws left, bats right
    Major: undecided                                                                                  

    Favorite movie: The Water Boy
    Favorite magazine: Field & Stream
    Favorite song/band: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, by Jason Aldean
    Favorite class/subject: Math
    Favorite flavor of ice cream: Vanilla
    Other talents: Archery, Snowboarding
    Ideal fast food meal:

    Meat: Chicken Strips from Zaxbys
    Side Item: Onion Rings from Sonic
    Drink: Sweet tea from McDonalds
    Dessert: Milkshake from Cookout

    Career ambition: Broadcasting, Coaching
    What did you do between the end of fall practice and the start of the spring semester to improve your game? I continued to work on my pitching by throwing three times a week and doing spins in my dorm room.
    What is your favorite training/practice activity? I really enjoy doing my charting pitching workout. You throw each pitch 6 times into a net and chart where the ball hits. You do this two times and it shows you how accurate you are.
    What is your least favorite training/practice activity? Definitely dirty dozens!
    When did you first start playing softball, and did you play other sports before it? i started playing softball when I was 7! I also did baseball, ballet, soccer and gymnastics.
    All sports you played in high school: Softball and volleyball

    iPhone or Droid? iPhone
    Song/artist most played on your MP3 player: Any Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan songs is always on replay.
    Song/artist on your iPod that you are embarrassed to admit that you listen to: “Best of Both Worlds,” by Hanna Montana
    The TV channel or show you most watch: “Big Bang Theory”
    ESPN/MTV/Food Network: ESPN
    Favorite accessory in your wardrobe: Cowboy boots
    Fashion style: Country. If I'm at school I like to be comfortable and wear sweatpants. If I'm at home everyone is more country so I wear my boots, camo hats things like that.
    Celebrity doppelganger: I'm not really sure. Maybe Jennie Finch?
    Something that you cannot live without: My inhaler and deer jerky.
    Besides NC State, what place do you like most in North Carolina: The MOUNTAINS!!!

    Best cook on the team: Katie Mansilla
    Favorite “home-cooked” meal: Deer meat, rice and gravy
    Best dresser on the team: Caitlyn Dent
    Best jokester on the team: ME!!!
    Best singer on the team: Leah Jones
    Most likely to play professionally: Lana Van Dyken
    Most likely to be voted into NC State Athletics Hall of Fame some day: Ranada Davis
    Favorite (non-athletics) activity with your teammates: Hanging out at Emily’s, Katie’s and Kirsty’s.

    Siblings: J.D. Stanfield
    What pets did you have growing up: dogs, cat, fish, iguana, rabbits, birds.
    Favorite vacation location: Lake Chatooga
    What’s the thing you miss most about home (besides family): My friends, home cooked meals, the mountains.

    Sports idol as a child: Jennie Finch
    Most famous athlete you have ever met: Jennie Finch, Lisa Fernandez
    Favorite teams (any sport): Atlanta Braves
    Person in sports that you would most like to meet/why: Cat Osterman, because she is a very successful left handed pitcher.
    Proudest moment: Signing with NC State
    If you picked your “team’s song” for this year, what would it be: “Hall of Fame” by Script, because I believe this is our year.
    Something that not many people know about you: I go deer hunting with my dad.
    Most memorable moment from last season: Being named the two-time player of the year in high school.



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