With returning experience and new blood recruited by head coach John Malgradi the T-Birds are looking to go far this yearOne of the returning players that is expected to have a big impact is sophomore pitcher Tiffanee Frampton.
Frampton who received all-conference and all-region awards last year isn’t satisfied with achieving those same accolades this year.
Besides having a team goal of making it further in postseason play than last year, Frampton hopes to perform well enough this year to leave no doubt that she’s an All-American.
The Thunderbird ace feels no pressure trying to back up her performance from last year saying that she feels more relaxed this year, allowing her to be more aggressive on the mound. When approaching batters on the mound she put it simply that, “it’s a pitchers count, not a hitter count.”
She mentioned how being new last year might have caused her to be a little a shy but with a full year of college under her belt she feels comfortable enough to consider herself as one of the louder teammates.
Frampton, a business management major, who verbally committed to BYU Hawaii, hopes to someday open up a cupcake bakery. Frampton called TLC’s hit show Cupcake Wars, her favorite.
Frampton believes that growing up and having to compete with her older brother and seeing his strong work ethic has made her a better player. She believes that having him be a good example has shown her how she should go about her business.