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    Getting to Know: Senior Katie Mansilla

    Feb. 6, 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.



    Heading into opening day, All-Access has video conversations with all three seniors, today featuring fifth-year senior second baseman Katie Mansilla of Pembroke Pines, Fla. Last year, after missing the 2011 season due to injury, Mansilla served as the Wolfpack's designated hitter and reserve infielder, with 42 starts at DH, six starts at second and one in the outfield.

    Her .290 batting average was the third highest on the team. She also added a double, two triples and one home run. She also led the team with seven stolen bases and seven sacrifice bunts.

    Like Dent, Mansilla will begin her senior season in her home state of Florida. Mansilla played at Archbishop McCarthy High School before joining the Pack.

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