Feb. 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State's 2013 softball season begins on Friday at the Florida International Panther Invitational in Miami, with a new excitement as the fast-pitch program enters its 10th season, now under the guidance of 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, a shortstop who set a school record last season with a .362 batting average and a .450 on-base percentage.
On this year's roster of 14 players are five juniors: Scout Albertson, Kirsty Grant, Leah Jones, Hayley Stowe and Chelsea Tate.
Stowe is in her second season with the Wolfpack, after joining the program last season as a walk-on. She saw action in nine games as a sophomore and scored four runs.
She is an NC State Park Scholar who was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Washington High School. Stowe's father is an NC State graduate and she is a descendant of Harriett Beecher Stowe, the author of anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Washington High School
Favorite movie: Star Trek (All of them)
Favorite magazine: National Geographic
Favorite song/band: "Carry On" by Fun.
Favorite class/subject: Genetics
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Moose Tracks
Your ideal fast food meal: Hamburger Steak Jr. from Chargrill, Bojangles french fries with extra seasoning, McAllister’s sweet tea, Cook Out milkshake.
Favorite meal at a full-service restaurant: Chili’s Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla.
Favorite “home-cooked” meal: Chicken and pastry.
What other languages do you speak: Spanish…...enough to survive at least.
Musical instrument you play: Violin
Career ambition: To become a practicing oncologist.
What is your favorite training/practice activity? Reps in outfield
What is your least favorite training/practice activity? Conditioning
When did you first start playing softball, and did you play other sports before it? I've been playing so long I can't remember when I started. I played basketball and soccer first.
All sports you played in high school: Tennis, basketball, soccer and softball.
iphone or Droid? iPhone
Song/artist most played on your MP3 player: Maroon 5
Song/artist on your iPod that you are embarrassed to admit that you listen to: I still do NSync/Backstreet Boy throwbacks on occasion.
The TV channel or show you most watch: "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
TV show you are embarrassed to admit that you watch: "Star Trek"
ESPN/MTV/Food Network: Food Network
Favorite accessory in your wardrobe: Watches
Give your dress style a nickname/explain: Classic
Celebrity doppelganger: Katniss Everdeen
Something that you cannot live without: My Nook
Besides NC State, what place do you like most in North Carolina: Washington, N.C.
YOU & YOUR TEAMMATES
Best dancer on the team: Scout Albertson
Best cook on the team: Katie Mansilla
Best dresser on the team: Caitlin Dent
Best jokester on the team: Bethaney Wells
Best singer on the team: Leah Jones
Most likely to be voted into NC State Athletics Hall of Fame some day: Renada Davis
Favorite (non-athletics) activity with your teammates: Going on adventures with with Renada.
Based on your experiences, what advice do you have for this year’s three freshmen? Don’t procrastinate. Once you get behind it is hard to catch back up.
Brothers/sisters: Erin Stowe, sister
What/how many pets did you have growing up: A cat and a dog
Favorite vacation location: Roan Mountain, Tenn.
Any famous relatives: Harriet Beecher Stowe
What’s the thing you miss most about home: Going out to eat with my best friend Tatum Edwards.
ALL SPORTS, ALL THE TIME
Most famous athlete you have ever met: David Thompson
Favorite teams: NC State Wolfpack