The accomplishments of Jennie Finch have made her the most recognizable name in women’s softball history. Over the course of her softball career, she accomplished feats including being a three time All American at the University of Arizona, earning the Honda Softball Award for National Player of the Year, and being the National Pro Fastpitch Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2005. Her collegiate and professional experiences helped put the game of softball onto a bigger stage, including the Women’s College World Series. This year, all games at the Women’s College World Series will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2 and Finch will be a color analyst for ESPN’s Women’s College World Series telecasts. I spoke with Jennie Finch about her terrific collegiate and professional career, this year’s Women’s College World Series, and her role with the Capital One Cup.
MH: What are your thoughts how the Women’s College World Series has played out thus far?
Jennie Finch: There were some great games yesterday. For teams and players at this point, the stats and numbers and what you’ve done in the past means nothing, it’s all about playing hard and who wins this week. There were some great, close games yesterday. I came in with Oklahoma as my favorite and they are the team to beat coming into the Women’s College World Series. They’re definitely a talented group of athletes.
MH: How did your great college career at Arizona shape your successful professional career in the National Pro Fastpitch softball league?
Jennie Finch: It was great to play the sport that I love, get better and improve, and to be surrounded by incredible teammates and to be coached by the best coaches in the world. It was a tremendous opportunity to play at the college level and compete for a National Championship every year. I learned so much in those four years about becoming a better player and better person and I have some incredible memories to go with it.
MH: Based on your college experience, what words of advice would you give to collegiate student athletes?
Jennie Finch: Make the most of it. Utilize all of your assets and make the most of it because there are so many things to gain experience from that you have at your fingertips being a student athlete. People are willing to help and assist you so use all that you can to become better from it.
MH: Why did you want to be involved with the Capital One Cup?
Jennie Finch: It is an honor to be on the advisory board for the Capital One Cup. College was such an important time in my life and I enjoyed being a complete student athlete. I am honored to be on the advisory board and representing Capital One, which supports NCAA athletics. If fans want to check out their school and where they rank they can go to www.capitalonecup.com.
MH: Thank you for your time.
Jennie Finch: Thank you.