April 25, 2013
For each of the next two weeks, one Nevada senior softball player will be featured in a Wolf Pack Senior Profile. These question and answer sessions with the Nevada Media Services staff will center on the experience of a Nevada Softball player and the program's change and improvement in recent seasons.
Lauren Lastrapes is the fourth senior to be profiled. With six games remaining in her career, the Laguna Nigel, California native has made her way into the Nevada top-10 in hits, triples, home runs and RBI.
Over the last four years, what have you experienced as a member of the Nevada softball team?
"It's pretty simple, I've had the time of my life, made the best friends I have ever had and have loved living in Reno for the past four years. I really have loved everything about it, from our coaching staff to the team dynamic. Being a part of this program has been incredible."
Do you have one memory in particular that stands out above the rest?
"Probably not one, but living in the Tahoe area and going to the lake over the summers with the other girls that have stayed is a big one. Doing anything that has helped us bond more as a team and improve the team dynamic has been worthwhile. The team aspect really stands out for me."
A few of your teammates told me that when you guys get together, you never know what is going to happen, why would they say that?
"Because we're sisters. We're all kindred spirits that met as a part of our college experience and took advantage of it. We made memories that will last forever."
How has your on-field success this season affected the team dynamic?
"It has made this a fun season in every aspect. Traveling has been great because we know we can go out on the road and win, beat teams in their ballpark and enjoy our success no matter where we are."
What does it mean to you personally to be a part of this success?
"Athletes say this all the time, but it really is true; I wanted to go out on a high note. This is it for us, and it feels great to have this much success. We all believe in each other. I believe that anyone in our lineup can find a gap or hit a ball out when we need it. That belief is because we have proven we can do it and it makes this a really exciting time for Wolf Pack softball."