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Rounding the Bases with Tiffani Smith
Today's "Rounding the Bases" segment features Tiffani Smith, a junior right-handed pitcher from Hanover, Pa.
Smith has appeared in 35 games for the Lady Flames this season, starting 19 contests in the circle. She is currently 18-6, which gives her the third-most single-season wins in Liberty program history. She also leads all Big South Conference pitchers with 192 strikeouts and a .193 opposing batting average, and has been named the Big South Pitcher of the Week three times this season.
Smith, the daughter of Phil and Paula Smith, is majoring in elementary education at Liberty.
Getting to know Tiffani Smith
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Joshua 1:9 – This verse motivates and encourages me to be strong and confident, on and off the field.
I know it's not good for me, but I love to eat …
Girl Scout thin mint cookie blizzards from Dairy Queen!
What was the best movie you watched over the last year?
I came to Liberty because …
I wanted to play Division I softball and compete while giving God all the glory. Also, to earn my degree in elementary education.
My earliest memory while competing in my sport is …
When I played on a 12U team, I was pitching and broke a little girl's hand, sending her to the hospital immediately.
The best part of being a Liberty student-athlete is …
Being recognized for all the hard work and time put into my classes and performances on the field.
My dream job would be …
Teaching elementary school kids and coaching softball.
The team that I'm most looking forward to competing against this year is (and why) …
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Fly – that way, I wouldn't need a car and have to pay for gas, or deal with traffic.
If I were named "Coach for a Day", I would make my coaches (and why) …
Run our mental toughness run each week at 5 a.m.!
My favorite thing about being a part of the Liberty softball team is (and why) …
Traveling and eating.
My personal goals this season are …
Staying strong from beginning to end, mentally and physically.
What is the most exciting thing you did this summer?
I went to Cape May, N.J. with my mom and two sisters for a day trip to the lighthouse and the beach.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Any beach or mountains – camping and relaxing.
Do you have any pre-match habits/rituals, and what are they?
Yes, but I can't tell you!
What is the best advice you have ever received, and who gave it to you?
"Never limit your challenges, but challenge your limits." –my Daddy