STAUNTON, VA - The Mary Baldwin University softball team celebrated Senior Day on Saturday honoring four seniors.
Sam Bird, a transfer student from Stuarts Draft, VA, is majoring in business and plans to work in Human Resources. Bird made a huge impact last season becoming the first Fighting Squirrel softball player to be named First Team All-Conference in the USA South Athletic Conference. Bird led the team with a .392 batting average and a .742 slugging percentage. Bird also tallied 38 hits, 21 runs scored and 72 total bases last season.
Kate Dickinson, a senior from Pasadena MD, has pitched four seasons for Mary Baldwin. A standout in the classroom as well as on the field, Dickinson is majoring in math with a minor in psychology. Dickinson has been named a MBU Scholar athlete each year that she has been eligibile as well as been named to the USA South All-Academic team each of her four years. She has also been involved in President's Society and Global Honors Scholars at Mary Baldwin.
Pattie Pleasants is a social work major with minors in psychology and sociology. The impressive centerfielder from Virginia Beach is a MBU Scholar Athlete and is also involved in President's Society. A member of the USA South All-Academic team each of her four years, Pleasants is also a member of Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society.
Montana Welcher is a business major from Staunton. Welcher has played in the outfield during her first three seasons but moved to shortstop this season. Also an outstanding student, she earned the honor of being named to the Honor's and Dean's List at Mary Baldwin. The Staunton native currently has 40 runs for Mary Baldwin including 32 RBI's and a .262 batting average.
The day is a special day for the program as family, friends and former players gather and remember what their participation in the program has meant to them.