On The Road Again ~By: Ali Adelman #1

This is the time of year when all the airports are full of college students flying to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Miami, and all the other typical spring break destinations; their suitcases packed full of bikinis and tanning lotion.  We, on the other hand, were on our way to Georgia with our bat bags and suitcases full of extra softballs, our uniforms, and issued sweats!  (And also some bikinis!)  UCSB is now on our second trip of the season, and currently on a 4 game winning streak!

Last weekend we escaped the tundra of Storrs, Connecticut and flew down to Boca Raton, Florida.  We went from 10 degrees to 80 degrees in about 3 hours!!!  We were able to go straight from the airport to the Florida Atlantic University softball field to practice before our first game the next day.  We needed to get used to a REAL field again, and to deal with REAL sunlight (as opposed to the lights in Shenkman).  It felt great to be back playing on dirt again.  Just ask Andrea Huelsenbeck and Julie Towers, they could probably tell you what the dirt at Florida Atlantic tasted like, they were diving all over the place.  Anyone who saw them probably thought UConn added dirt brown to its color scheme.

If anyone knows the UConn softball team, they know we can eat.  And we ate.  If any of us go to Boca again, we know what deli to go to for a good sandwich.  We ordered subs from a deli called Too Jays three different times, and the sandwiches included about a pound of meat each!  That didn’t bother any of us!  Neither did the black and white cookies that came with them.  We also enjoyed Macaroni Grill, and maybe ate a little too much at The Cheesecake Factory.  But who can resist a piece of cheesecake?  We soaked up the sun, and some girls soaked up a pretty good farmers tan (*cough cough* Katelyn Callahan).  We had a little bit of a rough start, but have been improving ever since.

When we got back to campus Sunday night, no one could wait to get back to the south.  This past week at school consisted of freezing rain and an average of about 3 exams per person.  We couldn’t wait to get back down here to play again!  And here we are now.  Our team was again mistaken for the UConn basketball team at the airport.  We are sort of used to it by now.

We had a relaxed practice at a softball complex on Thursday night to prepare for the tournament, which started Friday.  We were accompanied by some adorable little leaguers, who were there practicing too, and they gave us some sound hitting advice!  =)

Today we broke out our long sleeves for our uniforms for the first time, but were still pretty cold.  But that didn’t stop us!  We hit for a combined 20 runs on the day against the Akron Zips and the Alabama State Hornets, beating them both! Not too shabby.  Hopefully we will keep up the offense for our games tomorrow against Jacksonville State and UNC Greensboro and for the rest of our spring break.



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