STARKVILLE, Miss. – Caroline Seitz, a freshman infielder, was a four-year starter at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala. Seitz left as the program’s career record holder in home runs with 37 and earned a pair of selections to the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Class 6A All-State Team. She was also a member of the ASWA Super All-State Team as a junior.
Seitz registered a .446 batting average with 12 home runs, 64 runs batted in and 27 stolen bases as a senior, when she was named the Shelby County Reporter All-County Softball Player of the Year. She led the team in nine offensive categories during her final campaign and helped the Eagles to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A South Central Regional semifinals.
Seitz spent some time with HailState.com this week as she prepares for her first spring season as a Bulldog.
Q: What’s it been like for you being here this fall and being a part of this team?
A: It has been very exciting and enjoyable. I love everyone here and it has been a great experience.
Q: You’re from Alabama. Is it nice to go to school somewhere that’s not quite right next to home, but is not too far, either?
A: Yeah, I really like the distance. It’s really easy to go home, but it’s still far enough away where I’m on my own.
Q: During the recruitment process, what about Mississippi State made you decide to come here?
A: When I came on my visit I just fell in love with head coach Vann [Stuedeman], [assistant coach Beth] Mullins and [former assistant coach Alan] Reach. I loved the coaches and knew this is where I belonged.
Q: What was it about Vann that let you know you really wanted to play for her?
A: She was just so excited about everything that’s happening with the program. She said that she was going to work as hard as she could to make it the best program possible. It was really exciting to me.
Q: With this program having been to the NCAA Tournament the previous two seasons, is it exciting for you to be able to come in and help build on that success?
A: Yeah, for sure. I definitely want us to go farther this year than the team has ever gone before. We have a ton of potential and I think we’re going to show that.
Q: How important is it for you, as a freshman, to have a fall season to get adjusted to playing at the collegiate level?
A: It was awesome. Now I feel a lot more prepared for the spring. You kind of get all of the nerves out in the fall, and you’re able to come back and work hard in the spring and not worry about the nerves.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the spring?
A: The first SEC series. I’m really pumped for that. It doesn’t get any better than the SEC.
Q: In a softball sense, can you tell how much you have improved as a player from the beginning of fall to now?
A: Oh, yes! I’ve improved a ton already. That’s another thing I’m excited for in the spring.
Q: What are some areas of your game that you improved on?
A: Using my legs with my swing. Coach Mullins has just drilled that in and it’s already paying off.
Q: What’s it been like being a student here at Mississippi State?
A: I really like it! I love the campus, and people are so nice here. My professors have been nice as well, and I’ve just really enjoyed it.
Q: What’s it been like living in Starkville?
A: I like Starkville. I’m a big-city girl, so coming here was a very different experience for me. I really like it, though, and Starkville has really good shopping.
Q: What’s your favorite place to shop in town?
A: Deep South Pout.
Q: What’s your favorite place on campus?
A: Probably Chadwick Lake across from the softball field because it’s so pretty.
Q: Best place to eat on campus?
Q: Best place to eat off campus?
A: Sweet Peppers Deli.
Q: What’s your favorite sandwich from there?
A: The club
Q: What are you most looking forward to over Thanksgiving break?
A: My birthday!
Q: What’s one aspect of softball you need to improve on before the spring softball season?
A: Working with my legs. I’ve definitely improved them already, but I know there’s always room to get better.
Q: Is there any advice Vann has given you that you think about on a daily basis?
A: Just how to be a better person in general and to never give up. That you can always push yourself harder and accomplish things that you thought you couldn’t.
Q: Is the softball team like a second family?
A: We’re definitely a family. It’s nice to have 20 other girls who you know are always going to be there for you. From the seniors down to the freshman, we’re all like sisters.