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Friday, May 4, 2012
I've been blessed to call our stadium home

By Ashley Hansen

Happy May everyone, the best month of the year! So many good things happen in May: beautiful spring weather, the beginning of postseason, my birthday. What more could I ask for?

As many other teams are wrapping up finals, Stanford is in the middle of midterm season. Yes, you heard that right, midterms. Being on the quarter system has its advantages, but right now, it's really tough to focus on studying for my computer science midterm tomorrow night when I have this weekend on my mind.

Can it really be my senior weekend already? I feel like it was just yesterday that Jenna, Maya, Sarah and I were playing in our first game at Smith Family Stadium, and Sunday could possibly be our last. Recently, I've reflected on all the many memories I've had on our field, the good and the bad, and the only thing that comes to mind is how lucky and blessed I am to call that field my home for the past four years. The thing I'll miss most is looking over to my left during a grueling practice and watching the sun set over Hoover Tower. Stanford’s beauty is beyond explanation. But memories are still to be made at Smith Family Stadium, starting with this weekend.

Playing Washington is always a fun series, and I'm excited that my parents, my sister Tara and her two kids will be attending this weekend’s festivities. In addition to the craziness of senior weekend, I’ll also be celebrating my 22nd birthday on Saturday. Having a birthday on Cinco de Mayo is awesome - everyone is celebrating, even if it's not for me! I also love hearing Coach sing me his favorite Cinco de Mayo song, called “Pico de Gallo,’’ although he could use some help with his vocals. After the game on Saturday, we are throwing our assistant coach, Coach A, a baby shower. I’m not sure if it's supposed to be a surprise, so I hope this blog isn't a spoiler!

Sunday is officially Senior Day. My family will get to join me and my fellow seniors, Jenna Becerra and Maya Burns, on the field before the game. We'll be missing one of our other seniors and one of my best friends on the field with us, Sarah Hassman. Due to a season-ending injury that took place earlier in the season, Hass will not be taking part in this year’s Senior Day. She will be back stronger than ever next year, and I can't wait to come back and watch her represent the class of 2012. But it still doesn’t feel right that she won’t be joining us on the field before the game Sunday. The four of us have gone through so much together, and I feel lucky to call these girls some of the best friends in my life.

Although there are so many things going on this weekend, I can assure you that I’m focused on taking care of business on the diamond. After the off weekend, our team bounced back against Santa Clara and put 12 runs on the board. I'm looking forward to carrying that momentum into the weekend against Washington.

Well, time to uphold my title of STUDENT-athlete right now and study for my computer science midterm. Congrats to all my fellow seniors at other schools who have already graduated. Only 45 days left for me!