Bach Balances Academic, Athletic Excellence

By Carin Dominguez

Hillary Bach is the fourth person in Arizona State history to pitch a perfect game. She is currently second in ASU's record book for all-time wins with 85. Her 31 wins as a freshman in 2009 are good for third place all-time in single-season history. She was the third ASU freshman to start a Women's College World Series game, recording three starts in Oklahoma City. The Akron Racers of National Pro Fastpitch also drafted her seventh.

Despite all the history-making, she still found time to be an outstanding student, graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business, one of the top-ranked business schools in the country, in just three years with a 3.73 grade point average.

"It's really just a matter of being passionate," said Bach. "I love the business program and softball. I really enjoy both of those things, so it's been pretty easy."
 
Named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team in early May, Bach is the president of the Arizona State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) where she has worked with school administrators to help improve student-athletes' experiences.

Bach is currently continuing her education at the business school and is expected to graduate with her MBA in 2012.

"I wanted to do marketing. I like the creative aspect it brings," said Bach. "But I have really grown to love business administration. It has definitely been influenced by my experiences as a student-athlete."

Bach says her ability to balance such a hectic schedule has been supported by her coaches teaching the team that greatness does not just happen on the field. Instead it is a way of life.

"It's being great in the classroom. Being a great sister, daughter, teammate, friend. Just being a great person. That is really important to me," said Bach.

Looking to the future, there are a few goals she still wants to reach. Her immediate one is winning the Tempe Regional of the NCAA Tournament that starts Friday at Farrington Stadium. She suffered her first loss of the season last Friday against Pac-12 champion California.

"Cal is an incredible team. We competed at the highest level," said Bach. "It was great preparation going into the postseason."

Bach said her dream job would be a business administration position in athletics. She has no desire to part from the Pac-12 and had some advice for incoming student-athletes.

"Make the most of your opportunity. You're going to come in contact with a ton of knowledgeable people, make the most out of it," said Bach.

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