Getting to Know UCF Softball's Haley Douglas

Feb. 1, 2011

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By Carlyn Topkin

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Spring is almost here, which means the UCF softball squad is getting back in the swing of things. The Knights are looking forward to a great season led by a few fresh faces, which includes freshman pitcher Haley Douglas (Pleasanton, Calif.).

Some freshmen struggle with being even an hour away from home, but Douglas has one of the longer commutes as she hails from the west coast of California. Douglas relocated to Orlando after falling in love with UCF during her first visit. She is eager to get started and says fans should expect "a lot of wins and a lot of good softball" in 2011.

How long have you been playing softball?
"I started playing softball when I was six years old. My mom coached my softball team and when everyone refused to pitch she was like `Haley, go do it for me,' and that's kind of how it got started."

What's unique about pitching? What goes through your mind on the mound?
"There is always extra pressure as a pitcher, but you just have to be able to deal with it. When I'm on the mound I'm just thinking about doing my job and doing everything right to help my team out."

How does Florida differ from California?
"I absolutely love Florida. The people here are great and a lot more family oriented. I just love everything about Florida."

How has the team helped with any feelings of being homesick?
"The team, especially the feeling of family on the team, has really helped. My three roommates and I are closer than ever. It's like one big family here. "

Where is your favorite spot on campus?
"My dorm room in Tower 4. I like to just go home and not deal with homework or anything and just relax. "

What are you looking forward to this season?
"I expect our team to win our conference and go as far as we possibly can in the NCAA Tournament."

How has being on the team shaped your UCF experience?
"Being a part of UCF Athletics is just a big, huge thing in itself. It's a huge honor being able to represent your school. Walking around campus, going to class with my backpack saying I'm a UCF softball player is a really cool experience for me."

Season tickets for the 2011 season are only $40 and are now available for purchase online at UCFAthletics.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000.

The Knights host their 2011 home-opener Feb. 16 against North Florida at the UCF Softball Complex. UCF head football coach George O'Leary will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the contest, while the first 100 fans through the gate will receive a signed 2011 UCF softball schedule poster.