Baylor pitcher Whitney Canion has taken a lot of friendly ribbing from teammates over the course of the season. And she takes it well.
She joked earlier in the week that players referred to her as the team mom last year, when she was a fifth-year senior. As a sixth-year senior this season, she said she’s the team grandmother now.
After two trips to the Women’s College World Series and two major knee injuries, Canion’s college softball career ended with a 5-3 loss to Florida on Sunday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium — ironically, the same team she faced in her first career game in 2009.
Q: You looked sharper on Sunday than you did in Saturday’s game against Kentucky. Did you feel better?
A: I've been struggling a little bit with not getting my rise ball where I wanted. I thought I came out and really used my other pitches a lot. Used my screw ball, drop curve and change-up and relied on those and got a lot of foul balls and pop-ups and ground outs because of that. I was trying to work ahead and get them to foul pitches off and get them to chase after that. My body felt better and just felt like, at the same time, toward the end of the game, I was really just going off adrenaline and knowing that this team, we could come back and score six or seven runs in the last inning. So I just had to keep the team in it.
What have you learned about perseverance in your six years at Baylor, and how have you translated it to the field, pitching in tough situations?