April 14, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. – Since joining the softball team as a freshman in 2011, Ashley Beza has appeared in 110 games, only 19 shy of the program’s record, posting a 30-42 record with a 3.78 ERA and 315 strikeouts through 475.2 innings of work. During that time, Beza has recorded 31 complete games and six shutouts while picking up four career saves.
Q: What has been your favorite part about being a member of the St. John’s softball team for the past four years?
A: My favorite part about being with this team is having the opportunity to meet and play with new people from different states. I had the opportunity to meet some people that I would consider best friends of mine. I also enjoy being on this team because it’s allowed me to sharpen my skills as a student-athlete and fulfill a life-long dream of mine.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment on the softball diamond during your time at St. John’s?
A: My most memorable moment was in 2012 at the BIG EAST Tournament when we knocked out Syracuse. I pitched in that game and it is a moment I will never forget.
Q: Over the past three seasons, what has been your favorite field to play on and why?
A: My favorite field to play on would have to be USF because the stadium was gorgeous and the facilities were brand new when we played there. They had a loud sound system and a big video board in the outfield.
Q: What game are you most looking forward to for the remainder of this season?
A: I’m looking forward to our Creighton series because I know it will be a competitive game. It’s also on senior weekend so I get to see my parents for the first time in four months.
Q: What is your personal goal for the season?
A: I want to help my team anyway I can, whether it is physically on the mound, emotionally off the field while I cheer my teammates on or help them mentally to learn things I wish I would have known at their age.
Q: Off the field, what has been your most memorable moment at St. John’s?
A: My favorite moments are the fun times I have with my teammates at dinner or just hanging out at the house being goofy.
Q: What piece of advice would you give to an incoming freshman looking to play softball at St. John’s?
A: Work hard every chance you get because the years fly by. You never want to look back with any regrets, so push hard every day. Life goes on, but softball eventually comes to an end.
Q: What are your plans come graduation in May?
A: So far, my plan is to go home and find a career to pursue in graduate school. I’ve applied to some jobs in New York, but if that doesn’t work out I will head back home to sunny Southern California.
Q: If you didn’t play college softball, what do you think you would be doing instead?
A: Softball is probably the only thing I can think of doing, but if I never played I think I would be in a sorority or a club of some sort. I would love to pursue some type of acting or singing hobby if I had the time as well.
Q: What is one piece of advice you want to share with your team before heading into your final season with the Red Storm?
A: My final piece of advice is to live in the present moment. Never let the past or the future bring you down or make you anxious about what’s next. Take one pitch at a time, one out at a time, and enjoy every moment you have out on that field. Play for the “little girl” inside of you that wanted to play softball because it was fun. Play for the dream, but most of all, play for you.
Beza and the rest of the Red Storm will return home after a seven-game road trip to host Seton Hall on Thursday, April 17, in a doubleheader that will be broadcasted live on ESPN3 starting at noon.