Jan. 21, 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, a shortstop who set a school record last season with a batting average and on-base percentage.
On this year's roster of 14 players are three sophomores: Davis, pitcher Emily Weiman and outfielder Sara Lippard.
Davis had an outstanding first season with the Wolfpack with a .362 batting average and a .450 on-base percentage, finishing second in the ACC in batting average. She led the team with 55 hits and had 14 multi-hit games.
A native of Texas, Davis is a multi-talented person who played clarinet in her high school marching band.
Tomball High School
Favorite movie: The new Batman series
Favorite song/band: Fun.
Favorite class/subject: Economics/business management
Favorite flavor of ice cream: Blue Belle vanilla with cookie dough
Ideal fast food meal: Whataburger chicken sandwich, Bojangles biscuit, McAlister's sweet tea, Boberry biscuit.
Favorite meal at a full-service restaurant: Fajitas for one at Los Arcos with charro beans.
Favorite “home-cooked” meal: brisket, sausage, mom's BBQ sauce, potato salad and banana pudding.
What other languages do you speak: Spanglish
Musical instrument you play: Clarinet
Career ambition: Coaching
What specific things did you do between the end of fall practice and the start of the spring semester to improve your game? I went home and practiced with old coaches and players I used to play with.
What is your favorite training/practice activity? Reps at shortstop.
What is your least favorite training/practice activity? Don't really have one.
When did you first start playing softball, and did you play other sports before it? When I was 4, and no.
All sports you played in high school: Just softball unless marching band is counted as a sport…which, honestly, it should be.
iphone or Droid? Droid
Song/artist most played on your MP3 player: “Some Nights” by Fun.
Song/artist on your iPod that you are embarrassed to admit that you listen to: Danny Elfman film scores.
The TV channel or show you most watch: “Chopped” on Food Network
TV show you are embarrassed to admit that you watch: “Charmed”
ESPN/MTV/Food Network: Food Network
Favorite accessory in your wardrobe: Any of my work out clothes.
Give your dress style a nickname/explain: Random… It all depends on the mood I wake up in.
Celebrity doppelganger: Johnny Depp
Something that you cannot live without: Softball
Besides NC State, what place do you like most in North Carolina: Washington, N.C.
YOU & YOUR TEAMMATES (Feel free to vote for yourself)
Best dancer on the team: Scout Albertson
Best cook on the team: Me
Best dresser on the team: Caitlin Dent
Best jokester on the team: Sara Lippard
Best singer on the team: Emily Weiman
Favorite (non-athletics) activity with your teammates: Random trips with Hayley Stowe.
Based on your experiences last year, what advice do you have for this year’s three freshmen? Work hard, never lose sight of your dreams/ goals, and trust yourself.
Siblings: 2 sisters and 1 brother
What/how many pets did you have growing up: a lot… dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, birds, rats, spiders… whatever I brought home that mom let me keep.
Favorite vacation location: Hayley's parents’ mountain house!
Any famous relatives: Not that I know of.
What’s the thing you miss most about home (besides family): The food.
ALL SPORTS, ALL THE TIME
Sports idol as a child: None
Most famous athlete you have ever met: Jennie Finch
Favorite teams: Texas Rangers
Person in sports that you would most like to meet/why: Don’t really have one.
Proudest moment from last season: Receiving ACC Freshman of the Year Award.
Most gratifying community service you have performed as a team: Delivering Thanksgiving meal to a family.
A unique talent that either you have: I am pretty good at playing several different instruments.
Something that not many people know about you: I love dancing.