Nov. 21, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Katie Baker, a senior from Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Fla., signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Florida State softball team beginning in 2014-15.
Baker is no stranger to the diamond or Florida State athletics, as both of her parents have put their marks on the Seminole athletic program. Julie Larsen-Baker played softball from 1984-87 and was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. Chip Baker has spent 30 years as a part of the FSU baseball team, with 18 years as an assistant coach and 12 years in his current role as Director of Baseball Operations.
“Katie Baker comes from a long line of ball,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Her mom played here and was on teams that went to the World Series, so she’s heard about it from day one. Her dad is a part of a storied baseball program here at Florida State as the director of operations. Katie has grown up in that environment and is a very hard worker and doesn’t shy away from it.”
A four-time first team All-Big Bend and two-time first team All-State honoree, Baker wants to make an impact right away.
“I want to help get FSU back where it belongs at the WCWS,” said Katie Baker. “Also to be the best teammate I can be and represent the University and softball programs at the highest level.”
A .442 hitter with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs, 15 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 2013, Baker was named Chiles’ Offensive MVP, an award she also won in 2012. She also played for Team North Florida since 2009, a travel team that placed ninth at the 2012 16U ASA Nationals.
“Words cannot describe the feeling in our household,” said Chip Baker. “Julie and I both came to Florida State on the exact same day in 1984, though I didn’t get to know her until she finished playing softball. But to have our daughter follow in her footsteps and be able to play softball here – the same place I’ve been for 30 years – words cannot describe what a good feeling it is.”
“We’re really excited,” said Julie Larsen-Baker. “My playing days are some of my fondest memories of my time at Florida State. To be able have your daughter go through the same wonderful experiences and see it again through her eyes, it is great. We are very fortunate and just so proud of her.”
Baker is also an excellent student, being named to the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll, as well as receiving a Scholar-Athlete Award.
“My parents have influenced me so much because they introduced me to softball,” Katie added. “My Mom played on FSU softball teams and my Dad has coached FSU baseball teams that competed for National Championships at the CWS & WCWS. They have always supported me and it would be an honor to be the first one in my family to win a National Championship!”
“She’s excited about representing the Garnet and Gold, not only for what mom and dad represent, but also for the town,” Alameda said. “Also, for the ability to come in and work her tail off and be a part of the tradition she has been around growing up as a Seminole. We’re excited to get her here. Her game knowledge is definitely going to be big for us.”
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