April 29, 2013
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - As the granddaughter of a baseball umpire and the niece of two former Major League Baseball players it is safe to say junior Kapri Angotti has baseball in her blood.
The Fresno State outfielder attended her first game when she was two days old and remembers growing up playing the game with her uncles and grandpa.
"I think watching my uncles' (Marcus and Brian Giles) play made me love the game," Angotti said. "We would always play and growing up I learned the game. It came natural to me, so I started playing softball."
Angotti prepped at Clovis High School and then played two seasons at Fresno City. She helped the Rams to a second place finish and was a two-time first team all-conference selection. Entering her junior year Angotti thought about hanging up her cleats and walking away from softball.
"I wasn't planning on playing softball after Fresno City," Angotti recalled. "I was going to be done and one day I decided I'm going to try out and see how it goes." The junior enrolled at Fresno State for the fall semester and emailed first year head coach Trisha Ford about the possibility of trying out for the 2013 squad. After several emails, Angotti got a try out.
"It was a one day try out and it was very nerve racking," said Angotti. "We threw a little, we did some pop flies and we hit off coach Ford a little bit."
Ford said she would be in touch. It was a long three days of Angotti checking her email and hitting the refresh button before she finally heard that she had made the team. Angotti had tried out and made the team without telling her family and friends.
"I thought if I don't make it no one has to know, so I didn't tell anybody," Angotti said. "Once I made it, I told my family and I think my mom cried a little. Everything worked out for the best, I am glad I tried out."
And so are the Bulldogs. Angotti has moved into the lineup and has started the last 25 games. She is hitting a team-high .355 on the season. Earlier in the season against Cal Poly, the left fielder hit .714 (5-for-7) in the two game span.
"Kapri is an extremely hard working student-athlete," said head coach Trisha Ford. "She has made herself into the player that she is today. We threw a lot of info at her and she just kept plugging along. She came out for several weeks before practice each and every day to get additional reps. Her work ethic is what has earned her a starting position. She continues to put in the extra work and we are so happy that she is a bulldog."
In her first season with the Bulldogs, Angotti didn't expect to start, but wanted to do what was best for the team, whether it was pinch hitting, pinch running or playing in the outfield.
"I came out here and didn't expect to play," said Angotti. "I expected to do whatever the team needed. I just wanted to come through for my team. All of a sudden I got a chance. I am going to keep working hard and show them what I can do."
Angotti has boosted the `Dogs offense providing timely hits and key RBI. In the game against Kanas, she drove in the game-winning run. She also has been helped the Bulldogs defensively. She didn't hesitate to make a diving catch against Pacific.
"I was very intimidated at first," Angotti remembered. "I watched the Bulldogs play my whole life. They're very good players, so I felt like I needed to step up my game a little. At first it was a really hard adjustment, but finally figured it out and it's been going uphill from there."
Angotti's positive attitude and work ethic is what has motivated her and molded her into the softball player she is today.
"I fed off of the coaches noticing how hard I was working and saying I was one of the hardest workers," said Angotti. "I just kept working and showing them what I can do. As long as I kept doing that I knew my time would come."
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Bulldog softball hosts New Mexico for their final three-game Mountain West series May 3-5. Catch the action on ESPN 790 The Deuce, home Bulldog softball. Stay connected with the Bulldogs on Facebook (fresnostateathletics) and Twitter (@FSAthletics).
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