There are several new members of the Florida State softball family for the 2015-16 season. Over the course of the remaining weeks 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 Mia Lacy, a freshman infielder from Woodbridge, Va.
Lacy attended C.D. Hylton High School where she broke the single-season strikeout record with 274 and tied the Virginia state record for strikeouts in a game with 22. She was the conference player of the year during her senior season and was a four-time All-District selection and three-time All-Region honoree.
How has your freshman year been so far?
At first, it was a little rough. The first 100s test I struggled on. But it just gave me motivation to keep working hard and take in everything that the coaches told me to get better. Coming in the summer for Summer Bridge really helped me. Sabrina and I had class together, so we got lost on campus almost every day. But during the fall, it was nice because we knew our way around and had already made some friends so it didn’t feel like such a big campus anymore.
What would you like to do for a career after college?
I’m not really sure. I’m trying to get into the business school and either do marketing or sales of some sort. But I’m not really sure exactly what I’d like to do.
How has your time at FSU differed from your expectations?
It is really been everything I expected it to be. The weather is great, at home they have a bunch of snow, so that’s a plus. With softball, it’s everything I expected. I knew it was going to be a lot to take in, but it is really fun coming out every day and practicing, learning something new, setting goals and achieving them. Just trying to help the team and be out here with my friends.
What made you choose Florida State?
Being from Virginia, I wanted to come down south. I came to camp here and I loved it. I came for an unofficial visit and told my mom that I wanted to come here. She told me to wait and see what else was out there. But I would go to other schools and I would like them, but it wasn’t like Florida State. And I would always find myself googling stuff about Florida State and pictures of the Westcott building and being in love with the whole place.
What is your favorite memory from playing softball?
My friend Madison passed away recently, but it was when we were playing 14U with the Baseliners. It had all of my friends and it was the most fun team. We didn’t have the best talent, but we placed fifth at nationals just because we got along so well. Everything we did was super fun and it was great.
Are you a good cook and what is your favorite thing to make?
I don’t cook that often here at FSU, but I wouldn’t say that I am bad. When I’m at home, I like to make a buffalo chicken loaded potato casserole. You make the potatoes, then add the chicken, and then you add cheese and bacon. So it isn’t very healthy, but it is very good.
What are things you like to do for fun or to relax when you are outside of sports or school?
I like to go to the mall. Sometimes I don’t even buy anything, I just like to go and look. I love to hang out by the pool and be in the sun. I like to do a lot of outdoor things like hiking, and in the winter I like to snowboard.
Describe an event that has shaped the person you are today.
When I was in eighth grade, I was playing basketball and got kneed in the leg. It’s a long story, but I ended up with a strep infection and for a month I couldn’t walk or anything. I had surgery and had to rehab to get back to softball and school and everything. It was a long process, but it made me realize that I can overcome anything. A lot of people doubted whether I would play again, but I am here now and it is rewarding.
What is one thing you really like about yourself?
I like that I have an outgoing personality. So it is easy to make friends and I like to make people feel welcome.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?
I would want an unlimited supply of money. Then I could go traveling, donate to charities, go shopping and help out people who need it.