Freshman Focus: Abbey Smith – Auburn College Athletics
As fall makes its presence known on the Plains, Auburn softball begins a new chapter in its rich heritage. A group of nine freshmen join the team, ushering in a new twist and attitude for the Tigers. Before Auburn wraps up their fall roster this weekend, we’ll feature one of the newest members of the Auburn softball family who is already making an immediate impact. Next up is Abbey Smith, an outfielder from Austin, Texas.
Q: What made Auburn stand out from other schools in your recruiting process?
Smith: Auburn stood out from the first moment I walked into this campus. I knew Auburn had a great softball program, but for me there was so much more to consider when choosing a school. I loved everything about campus and immediately felt like a second home to me. I knew I could see myself living here and going to school here, while playing softball.
Q: What jersey number will you wear and does it have special meaning for you?
Smith: I’ll wear 20. I’ve been wearing 20 for six years. I changed my number to 20 because of Breja’e Washington, who played at the University of Texas. She was my mentor when I started slapping. The number has stuck with me ever since.
Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
Smith: In addition to playing softball since I was four years old, I have been doing gymnastics for nine years, volleyball for three years, and track and field for six years.
Q: If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Smith: Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, and George Strait because I love country music, and those are three of my favorite artists.
Q: What is your favorite professional sports team?
Smith: Coming from Texas, I’m a huge fan of the Houston Astros. I’ve always been a fan of the Astros, but from 2013 to 2017, I competed in softball / baseball representing the Astros. Since then, I love them even more and I was even able to get a personalized jersey signed by the whole team.
Q: What makes Auburn’s coaching staff different from other coaches you’ve had in your career?
Smith: Since we see them almost every day, whether it’s on the court, in the weight room or at team dinners, they know all of our sides. They are able to connect with us in many ways, which helps them to interact and specifically coach each player individually.
Q: If you could be on any TV show, which one would you choose?
Smith: I would love to go to Fear Factor. All of the insane stunts people have to complete on this show look so fun, although I would be absolutely terrified of some of those things that contestants have to do.
Q: If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would you choose?
Smith: It would be 100% a monkey. I love monkeys and see videos of people having them as pets all the time. It makes me want to have one so badly.
Q: What is the best vacation you’ve ever had?
Smith: Growing up, most of my vacations revolved around softball tournaments. However, my favorite family vacation was going to Las Vegas. It was such a great getaway, and I had so much fun spending time with my family and not on a softball field.
Q: Which Auburn tradition are you most excited to discover?
Smith: The most exciting tradition in Auburn is to ride Toomer’s Corner after a sport has won a big win. It’s so much more special because it’s something that doesn’t happen in other schools.
Q: What makes Auburn softball special?
Smith: Auburn softball is such a special program to be a part of. The connection that this team has not only on the pitch, but also off the pitch, is so great. We’re all friends and hang out off the pitch all the time. However, when we step onto the pitch we know very well that it is the time of the game and the time to focus and lock in.