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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Senior Day an emotional one for me

By Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen

I could not have asked for a better way to celebrate my birthday and senior weekend than a big sweep against Washington. Any time you sweep a series in the Pac-12 Conference, it’s a big deal and something to be proud of. This weekend was our second sweep of the year, and it felt just as good as the first. Teagan (Gerhart) and Nyree (White) shut out the Huskies, not allowing a single run the entire weekend.

Every game is important leading up to postseason, especially for us. I want to host a regional. With the sweep against Washington, our team inched its way closer to achieving that goal, which would give me one more opportunity to play on our home field.

Senior Day on Sunday was an emotional day. After warm-ups and before the game started, my family joined me on the field to celebrate four incredible years at Stanford. I was doing everything I could to hold my momma together and still stay focused on the game ahead. It was such a special moment walking onto the field with the people that got me where I am today.

After the game, the entire team and our families and friends gathered in the Grove behind the field to enjoy a delicious BBQ. At the BBQ, the juniors continued a Stanford softball tradition by giving a speech about each senior. It was a special day full of laughter, emotions, good friends and good memories.

Now, however, my attention is on the next series. We take off Wednesday morning for Salt Lake City. Since Utah was just added to our conference this past year, it will be my first and only trip there. From here on out, it’s important to treat every game like it’s a playoff game. The selection show is Sunday, but I don’t have time to think about that right now. It’s time to catch some sleep and dream of some more W’s!