Why Kristina Foreman Transferred To Arkansas
Former Duke star Kristina Foreman transferred to Arkansas over the summer.
As a graduate transfer, Foreman only has one season of NCAA eligibility remaining, and she will spend it in a completely different environment and in a new conference in the SEC. Duke's former second baseman is looking to surpass her impressive numbers from last spring, which saw her start all 48 games she played, hit .398, blast 15 home runs and collect 56 RBIs.
Softball America caught up with Foreman to learn why she transferred to Arkansas, her goals for the 2023 season and plenty more.
See below for SA's full interview with Foreman.
Softball America: Why did you choose to transfer to Arkansas?
Kristina Foreman: I chose Arkansas because of the people. Everyone who is a part of Arkansas Athletics is 100% invested in the well-being of athletes. I also chose Arkansas because of the business school and its connections to Walmart's vendors. After I committed to Arkansas, I was over the moon and excited to go to a new city and be a part of a program with a culture of champions. I knew this unique experience would push me to the limit, but I knew I would be better for it.
SA: How did you prepare for the new team culture and environment as well as being in the SEC?
KF: Transferring my fifth year made me feel like I was a freshman again. I didn't know where any of my classes were, and I didn't know how practice ran. But the girls and the staff are amazing and have eased the transition. As far as being in the SEC, nothing can prepare me for it, but focusing on my mental approach to the game has been my focus this fall.
SA: How's the new program treating you?
KF: I love everyone on the team and everyone who is a part of our program. It is very rare to find a place where everyone on staff is fully invested and fully committed to ensuring that Arkansas Softball can be as successful as it can be.
SA: How did your fall ball season go?
KF: My fall went well. It was my first time playing in Razorbacks Unlimited, our version of Athletes Unlimited. It gave me a coach's perspective on the game and the strategies of the lineup, so that was cool. We also won all of our fall games this season, and I earned the name Bogle Bomber for hitting my first home run as a Razorback, so that was fun. I have had some very minor physical setbacks, but they have been resolved.
SA: What are your goals for the 2023 season?
KF: For our team, we want to win the SEC regular season and tournament and be on top in Oklahoma City. My goal for this year is to hang up my cleats with no regrets.
SA: What are you looking forward to during the season?
KF: I am looking forward to being able to play in the Clearwater tournament. It's in my home state and I grew up watching this tournament, so that will be a big full-circle moment. I am looking forward to so many things, but this is my last year of college softball, and I want to relish every moment on and off the field.
SA: What has been your favorite off-field experience so far at Arkansas?
KF: I went camping for the first time in my life this fall in the mountains with no cell service. It was an experience, to say the least. It has been so cool to explore the city of Fayetteville and Arkansas in general.