The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 28th student-athlete selected this year is softball senior Cassie Phillips.
Cassie had an incredible week for the Hornets. She posted a slugging percentage of 1.054, which included three home runs and eight RBIs. Two of the home runs came in the first win over the #24 Virginia Wesleyan Marlins on Sunday. The first was a bases-clearing grand slam, and the second was a solo shot over the left field fence.
How do you think being a student-athlete has affected you personally in your time at LC?
Being a student-athlete has made my experience at LC even better. I immediately became friends with an amazing group of girls and have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love while having fun at the same time.
What is your favorite moment thus far as a Hornet?
My favorite moment so far has been this year when we were put into the national rankings. When we beat ranked Salisbury and swept CNU the rankings really showed how much our hard work has paid off. I've never been happier than after that week of play and seeing that we were being recognized as one of the best teams in the nation.
How did the softball team affect your decision to attend Lynchburg College?
When I was recruited to play here, I knew how good the softball program was and their past success. Once I got to know the girls and coaches, it made my decision that much easier. I loved LC's campus and the fact that they had my major, but the softball program was what got me interested in the school and made me want to come here to extend my softball career.
How did it feel to have a slugging percentage over 1.000 and help the team go 4-0 in key ODAC games this weekend?
It was an amazing feeling to be able to put up that many runs against a really good team. It's great knowing that my contribution helped us sweep the weekend, but all four games were a team effort and we won because all three factors of the defense, pitching, and offense clicked.