Q & A with Brittany Lastrapes

July 23, 2009

You head off to Japan next week, have you ever been to that side of the world?

I have never been to that side of the world. I'm so excited to see what its like over there.

You went through tryouts with some of the best athletes in the world and after all the hype, after all the time and effort you have put into it, you finallyget the chance to represent your country. How does this make you feel?

My experience that I had on the Junior National Team showed me that there is nothing more gratifying than putting that jersey on and representing your country. When you play internationally, the name on the back of the jersey doesn't matter at all. When people see you wearing that USA logo you get an automatic sense of respect from them.

What is the Arizona team doing to get ready for next season?

We made some necessary changes to our rosters and I think this year's team is going to be more focused and driven to get the job done.

You were a starter as a freshman and sophomore. Going into your junior year, what lessons have you learned on the field and in the classroom that will help yousucceed through your graduation?

I've learned so many lessons on my own and from my older teammates in the past and I'm excited to give those lessons to the underclassman now. I've learned to believe in the process that becoming a national championship team is a long and hard road. I may have failed in that quest twice, but I'm willing to change the things that didn't work in the past.

Have you had a chance to hang out with the new batch of Wildcats?

I actually haven't had a chance. I'm just hoping that they are ready to put in the amount of effort, attitude and dedication that it takes to be an Arizona Wildcat softball player.

Tell us a little about the teddy bear that you take on road trips?

Well, her name is Spot and I've had her since I was 5 years old. Spot has been all over the world with me and on every road trip I've ever been on. She's actually never been washed in her 15 years of existence, but she's still very beautiful in my eyes.

If you didn't play softball, what would you do?

If I didn't play softball I think I would be interning trying to eventually make it onto Sportscenter.

Who do you model your game after?

My sister (former Washington All-American Dominique Lastrapes).

What do you like most about being the leadoff hitter?

Being the leadoff hitter is very stressful, mostly because I put the stress on myself. But the stress makes me perform better. When I'm under pressure it seems to bring out the best softball player inside of me. I love knowing that if I start off the game or the inning with a hit it gives my team so much more confidence that we can score and eventually win.

Which would you rather have: a chance to represent your country or a national championship?

Definitely both. Representing my country has always been a goal of mine and I never thought it would happen so soon in my career, but there is no better feeling to know that you are not just playing for yourself or your team, but for the entire softball world. Winning a national championship has been my biggest dream since I can remember. I think that winning a national championship would be the best feeling in the world especially because I get to share it with my teammates and people I do most everything with all year around.

Before leaving Oklahoma City this past season, you were confident in saying that you 'were going to win a National Championship.' Is your confidence the key to your success on the diamond?

It's not my confidence, because if you ask anyone on the team I'm actually not very confident all the time. But when I was young I set a goal for myself that I was going to know what it felt like to become a national champion like all the other girls I watched year after year on television. I worked so hard to get to Arizona because I wanted to make my dream a reality, but getting to Arizona isn't good enough. I'll do anything to make my dream come true.

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