WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y -In high school at Williamsville North Corrin Genovese starred in both softball and basketball. Now she's taken her softball talents to the University of Missouri. Genovese recently finished up her first full season of college softball at the University of Missouri.
Not only did Genovese impress her teammates and coaches, but also the rest of the country. Genovese was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as voted on by the Big 12 coaches. The shortstop made just six errors on 177 chances in 61 games on the season. She committed just two errors in 90 chances in Big 12 conference play.
The best part about Genovese might not even be her glove. Her dedication to the game makes her a one of a kind team player, "I'm going to dive and make a play because I want to get my jersey dirty for my pitcher," Genovese said.
Genovese's Missouri Tigers fell just one game short of the Women's College World Series this year as they lost in the NCAA Super Regionals to the LSU Tigers in a best-of-three series. Regardless of coming up just short of the ultimate goal, Genovese says the experience was like none other, "The intensity that each playoff game brought, every time we went to the next level of the playoffs it was the biggest game that I've ever played in my life."
Genovese is now back in the East Amherst, New York area for the summer working on improving her skills for next season. She plans to participate in several softball tournaments throughout the summer to continue to get better.
While Genovese starred in the field, she says she could improve at the plate. The soon to be sophomore says that one of the biggest adjustments from high school to college softball has been the pitching, "The biggest adjustment would be the pitchers and how they use their off speed pitches instead of mostly just fastballs," Genovese said.
Genovese hit .220 in 164 at-bats smacking four homeruns and collecting 23 RBI's. She also stole eight bases in her freshman season.
Next spring, Genovese and the Tigers will try to improve their 47-14 overall record they put up in the 2012 season. The ultimate goal remains a Women's College World Series Championship.
Some video in the accompanying story provided by KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.