PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 11, 2014) – In advance of the 2014 season, ScarletKnights.com will bring you brief Q&As with all nine newcomers of the Rutgers softball team. This installment features freshman Ashlynn Martinez (Corona, Calif.).
#29 Ashlynn Martinez – Fr.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity player at Santiago HS … team was the league champion in her sophomore year (2010) … as a junior, she earned the Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the athlete with the highest GPA on the team … helped the squad to a 2011 league championship, a 2011 state championship and a CIF 2011 state championship … was a CIF 2012 Division I Finalist as a senior … won the 2012 Scholar-Athlete Award … named National Hispanic Scholar by the College Board … member of the National Honors Society … member of the U-16 Arsenal (2009-2010) … played for Sudden Impact Gold Team (2010-2011), the Triple Crown February Frost Champions and the OC Elite Gold (2011-2012) … volunteered for Relay for Life with Youth Cancer Society and dedicated over 200 hours as a service member of National Honor Society.
Personal Info: Daughter of Ken and Patti … has one sister, Shawnna, who plays outfield for Cal Baptist University … intends to major in biology … born on October 6, 1995.
What made you want to come across the country to play softball?
“A lot of it was because I’m a biology major, so that made it hard finding a school that would allow me to do both. Out here they told me they’d work with it and they would fit everything in, so that was a big thing. I wanted to experience another culture for four years so I figured, why not? “
Was there an adjustment you had to make to the East Coast?
“The first time it snowed I was like ‘whoa.’ I’ve seen snow but it’s never been a time where I wake up look out my window and there’s snow. It was definitely different getting used to that.”
Having other players from California here?
“It’s nice because I’ve played with a lot of them before in travel ball. Coming out here and already knowing someone and thinking ‘OK, they’re going to do the same things I’m going to do’ and that I can talk to them if I need to makes it a lot easier.”
Do you prefer the West Coast or East Coast?
“I like both a lot. My parents are actually getting worried they’re going to lose me to the East Coast. I think it’s nice to go back to 85 degree winter in California, but it’s also nice actually having seasons out here.”
What is your favorite part of this team?
“I love having people there I can talk to and count on. We’re all working toward a common goal, so it’s nice knowing this person is going to back me up no matter what. Even if I mess up they’re going to be right there to pick me up and get me through it.”
Game day superstitions or rituals?
“I have a ring that my mom gave me that I never take off – if I don’t have it for a game I kind of freak out. I wear it when I play on my glove hand and it reminds me that my family is there for me.”
What are your hobbies when not playing softball?
“Being from California, I do like going to the beach a lot, but I also like doing community service. I volunteer at a hospital because that’s what I want to do – be a doctor later on. I also work in a soup kitchen.”
If not softball, what sport would you play?
“I always thought volleyball was fun, so I’d go with volleyball.”
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