There are several new members of the Florida State softball family for the 2014-15 season. Over the course of the remaining months leading up to Opening Day, we will be doing a “Getting To Know” series to introduce the new freshmen and transfer students to Seminole fans. Today, we will be talking with Katie Baker, a freshman infielder from Tallahassee, Fla.
What has your freshman year been like so far?
It has been great. All of the teammates really get along well. The older girls made us feel really welcome. So it’s been great so far.
What would you like to do for a career after college?
I honestly have no idea yet. I just want a job. I don’t know, but I’ll figure that out.
What has been one of the most difficult challenges of transitioning to college?
Definitely the time management. Just going from practice, study hall, workouts, all that. Getting it in and still being good on the field and in the classroom.
What has it been like having both of your parents be so prominent in FSU athletics?
It’s been great. I see my dad just about every day in the training room or eating at Moore (Athletic Center) or just walking. I see him all the time. And just coming over to softball, I see my mom’s pictures everywhere. It definitely feels like home, I guess.
Do you have any pregame routines or superstitions?
I always have to put my socks on before my pants.
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
The summer I went to California with my parents. We went to San Francisco and then drove down the whole Pacific Coast Highway down to LA. It was a good time. I went to a bunch of baseball games.
What’s your favorite memory from playing softball?
My freshman year in high school when I hit a walk-off home run, my very first home run. A walk-off home run to beat one of our in-town rivals. It’s still my favorite memory so far.
What are your favorite things to do when you’re outside of sports or school?
I like to sleep a lot. I like to play with my dog, take him on walks and stuff. And just hang out with friends. And go shopping.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
Looking forward to getting back to the Women’s College World Series and experiencing it. I know all the other girls talk about being there, but us freshmen haven’t been there yet. So that’s definitely the goal.
Describe an event that has helped shape the person you are today:
When I was in sixth grade I shattered my face with a line drive, and I didn’t think I’d ever play softball again. I recovered from that, and here I am today.
If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
To do a back handspring. I’ve always wanted to do it, and I’ve never been able to.
If you could live in any time in history, what would it be?
The fifties. I like the way they dressed back then. It seems like a cool time. Nobody really worried about anything. Everybody seemed chill.