April 23, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -
Senior Keri Sarratt and the rest of the Spartans will host ETSU in an important conference series on Sunday afternoon at Cyrill Stadium. Sunday will also be senior day and Keri Sarratt, along with Monica Hall and Crislyn Chewning will be honored.
Sarratt has started all 45 games at third base for the Spartans in 2010. A season ago, the Gaffney, S.C., native returned after full recovering from a torn ACL during her freshman campaign. In 2009, Sarratt started every game for Upstate and she tied for the team lead with a seven-game hitting streak, while ranking second with five sacrifice bunts.
Sarratt recently talked with Alex Edwards of upstatespartans.com to discuss her playing career as well as plans for the future.
As the regular season begins to wind down, with just six regular season contests left, what are the expectations for the team for the remainder of the season?
Our expectations as a team are always to win every game we play. However, as we come to the end of our regular season, as a team we are staying motivated and willing to go the extra mile. Of course making the conference tournament in our first season of eligibility will be special, but our goals are to win it and advance to the regionals.
What do you think will be going through your mind on Sunday when you step on the field for senior day festivities?
Sunday will be an exciting and sad day at the same time. Sunday's games against ETSU are important conference games and as a team we need to play our best. Sunday's games will also represent the end of a wonderful journey. This year our team has become more like a family and I am really going to miss this team when our season is over.
During your freshman season you tore your ACL, what was your rehabilitation like and how special was it for you to return to your starting role as a junior?
The rehabilitation was a long, slow process. Sitting out my sophomore year was difficult and not what I wanted to do, but it made my desire to get back on the field that much stronger. Gaining the starting position again my junior year helped me to see that hard work does pay off.
What is a typical practice like when the team is preparing for an upcoming game?
Before a game, our practices are relaxed and we just try to prepare for the game by working on things that we feel we are struggling with. We are a close team this year and we have a lot of fun at practice. We know that how we practice is a reflection of how we play, therefore practice is a time for us to prepare for the game mentally and physically.
What advice would you give to a younger player that desires to play collegiate softball?
I would tell them to first make sure they take school and their grades serious. Collegiate sports take a lot of dedication and to play softball you have to have the grades. I would also express to them how important it is to love the game of softball and never look at the game as a job.
What is one interesting thing that people may not know about you?
One interesting thing that people may not know is I never played third base until I came to Upstate. I played shortstop when I was in high school. Coach Hawkins put me at third during the fall of my freshman year and I love all the action that I get at third base.
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete here at Upstate?
My most memorable moment as a student-athlete here at Upstate would have to be winning the conference in 2008. That was a very big accomplishment for our team and it is something that I will always remember.
What are your plans after you graduate from Upstate?
My plan after graduation is to move back to Gaffney and find a job in this area as an elementary school teacher. I am also interested in coaching as well.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
If I could travel anywhere in the world it would be to Hawaii. I love the beach and I have always thought Hawaii was a beautiful place!
If your teammates were to use one adjective to describe you, what do you think they would choose and why?
The one adjective my teammates would use to describe me is country. My teammates and the coaches love to make jokes about my accent and it has become something that I am known for. On away trips I room with the other two seniors, Monica Hall and Crislyn Chewning, who are from the West coast and we always have fun picking with each other on the way they talk and the way we talk in the South.