Bella Espinoza - San Diego State
Let’s start things off on the west coast down in San Diego, California with the RED-HOT Bella Espinoza (2021) at San Diego State. The talented lefty-slapper went 6 for 10 (.600) with five runs scored as the Aztecs swept Colorado State to open Mountain West Conference play for 2022. For the third time this season, Espinoza was honored by being named as the MWC freshman of the week. An amazing feat to accomplish is such a short period of time. With the six-hit weekend against the Rams Bella pushed her batting average up to an impressive .409 for the season. Getting on base has proved valuable for both Espinoza and the Aztecs with Bella having scored 23 runs and stealing 10 bases leading San Diego State to a 19-10 record and the 3-0 start in the MWC.
Firecrackers Softball: You are off to an amazing start and are making college softball look so easy. What is the secret and how are you doing it?
Bella Espinoza: I feel like my preparation for the games starts in the beginning of the week with practice. Practice helps me physically and mentally prepare for the upcoming weekend so when game time comes I am ready to go. When I get out on the field I remind myself what my role is and to stick to the plan when I am at the plate hitting. I remember to take deep breaths, play calm and have fun.
Firecrackers Softball: You have been batting a lot of lead-off lately. Do you prefer leading off or batting down in the order? While on the topic of preference, would you rather play second base or be in the outfield?
Bella Espinoza: I really like batting leadoff because I feel like I can set the tone for our team by applying pressure on the defense. Right now, I am switching off between second base and the outfield. I feel I am learning to like the outfield a little more because I feel more of a sense of calmness out there. Either way though I love making plays behind my pitcher.