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First-Year Sun Devils: Harleigh Braswell

Oct 19, 2020

Harleigh Braswell Bio | Softball 2019 Signing Class

TEMPE -- Looking forward to the 2021 season, we sat down with the new faces of Sun Devil Softball for a socially distanced Q&A. The freshman class, made up of two outfielders, three infielders, a catcher and a pitcher, was named the No. 12 recruiting class by FloSoftball, and is comprised of players from four different states. Head coach Trisha Ford and team also welcomes one junior transfer for a total of eight first-time Sun Devils. 

A multi-sport athlete out of Amador High, Harleigh Braswell has been a standout athlete on the softball diamond as well as the soccer field, while also excelling in the classroom. A three-year varsity letter winner, Braswell entered her final season of high school softball having played in 68 games, where she has hit at a .545 clip - showing a prowess for power-hitting, Braswell has tallied 56 extra-base hits, including 21 home runs. Following her freshman campaign, a year that saw Braswell hit for a .477 average, the talented backstop was awarded co-offensive MVP honors by her team, while also collecting a First-Team All-League honor. She would follow that effort with a Second-Team All-League honor the very next year while being tabbed a First-Team All-League honoree for the second time following last season's efforts.

Get to know California catcher/utility, Harleigh Braswell: 

Q: What is something unique about your hometown?      
The California gold rush started in Sutter Creek
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Arizona? 
Q: Do you have any game day superstitions?         
I have to listen to the same playlist before every game
Q: If you could meet any professional athlete/celeb who would it be and why? 
Kobe Bryant, I grew up a Lakers fan and grew up watching him. RIP Mamba
Q: What sold you on Arizona State?
Coach Ford 100%. I knew I wouldn't find a better coach.
Q: What is your go to warmup song?          
A lot by 21 Savage
Q: Best softball memory?     
Hitting the winning home run to beat a team my high school hadn't defeated in 10 years.
Q: What hobbies do you have outside of softball? 
I play the guitar and piano and I enjoy chasing sunsets.
Q: If you had to play another sport what would you choose?       
Soccer for sure
Q: What do you enjoy about ASU most?     
The college town atmosphere and softball, obviously.
Q: What is your go to mantra?         
If you ain't first, your last. -Ricky Bobby.
Q: Something many people might not know about you?   
I accidentally killed 2 ducks when I was 2 years old because I hugged them to death.
Q: How do you typically spend your off days?        
Doing homework or just vibing with friends.
Q: What about your jersey number is significant to you?  
My number is 44 and that was my dad's football number in high school :)
Q: Goal you aspire to achieve as a Sun Devil?         
First Team All-American and to be a WCWS champ. Period.
Q: A pro tip on how you balance school and athletics?      
Don't wait until the day assignments are due to start them, start them earlier in the week.
Q: Favorite ballpark food?    
Corn dogs, hands down.
Q: What is your dream vacation?    
To go to Italy and visit the coliseum in Rome.
Q: Who is your biggest hero?           
I have 2, my Mom and Dad, 100%.