By Kacie McMahon
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Texas A&M Alex Reynolds envisioned her collegiate softball fate from a young age.
“When I was 8 years old, I told my dad I was going to come to A&M and play on scholarship for the softball team,” Reynolds said. “I pretty much loved it from the get-go.”
The third baseman is the first Aggie in her family and had no particular reason for wanting to attend Texas A&M. However, the softball program has benefitted from having her.
Now a senior on the team, Reynolds is having the season of her career, hitting .328 with 23 runs, 11 doubles, three homeruns and 29 RBI. She credits her success this season to her ability to overcome the mental block that hindered her performance in previous years.
“I came into this year saying, this is it! I'm going to give it my all and quit worrying about other things and it's turned out to be successful,” Reynolds said.
“She’s put even more hours in this year than she has before, which helps her feel prepared and she can relax and play,” Head Coach Jo Evans said. “She seems to be letting herself have some fun and is not putting too much pressure on herself.”
One of only three seniors on the team, Reynolds has known success since her freshman season—a year that created expectations for the remainder of her college career. The Aggie softball team went 46-14 that year and ended their College World Series appearance drought.
“Going to the College World Series for the first time in 20 years,” Reynolds recalled as being one of her favorite memories. “At the time, I didn’t know what was going on but now that I look back, that was so amazing.”
The following year, the Aggies went 57-10 and advanced all the way to the College World Series Championship where they eventually fell to Arizona State.
The team is now working on making it back to the tournament, as they lost in the regional round in 2009. Reynolds said she, as well as the other upperclassman, need to lead by example for the team and begin to play with more balance. Coach Evans couldn’t agree more.
“Certainly [the seniors] have been a part of some of the most successful seasons at A&M so it's important that they lead this team,” Coach Evans said. “We talk about them putting this team on their shoulders down the stretch here when it comes time for post-season and conference races, that they show these underclassmen how you’re supposed to play the game.”
Reynolds also stresses the team’s need for consistency if they’re going to be successful in postseason play.
“We have to learn to be consistent and play every team the same,” Reynolds said. “It doesn't matter if they’re ranked No. 1 or No. 55. We can’t be any more scared of the No. 1 team and we can’t play the No. 55 team like we're entitled to something.”
For now, her focus is on the remainder of a season but Reynolds anticipates the close of her senior year.
“I can’t believe how fast it’s going but at the same time it hasn’t hit me,” she said. “I think when it does, it will be really emotional.”
Reynolds’ post-graduation plans include applying to grad school and hopefully attending the University of Houston to work on her master’s in Business Administration.
She is ready to move on to the next step in her life and is excited about the legacy that she and seniors Macie Morrow and Bailey Schroeder will leave for the Aggie program.
“We want to make sure that when we leave here, the program is in just as good of a place as when we started,” Reynolds said.