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Why Mac Morgan Chose Arizona State

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Arizona State pitcher Mac Morgan is one of the top freshmen in the country this season. Morgan, who was SA's No. 6 recruit in the 2021 class, was previously a star for Aces Fastpitch during her club softball days.

Originally from Garden City, Mo., Morgan attended Sherwood High School and had just 70 students in her graduating class. She's already made her mark at Arizona State, as she currently boasts a 13-1 record with a 1.92 ERA in 65.2 innings of work for the Sun Devils in 2022.

Softball America spoke with Morgan about her journey in the game so far, decision to play college ball at Arizona State and plenty more. See the full interview below.

Softball America: Why did you decide to play college softball at Arizona State?

Mac Morgan: I chose Arizona State because I love the warmth—I thrive in the warmth—and the coaching staff was the biggest part for me just because we have such great coaches and they are fun to be around. Being able to be coached by them is such a great opportunity to learn how I want to coach when I graduate. They don’t just support you as softball players, they support you outside of softball.

SA: How has the adjustment been from playing travel and high school softball to playing for a major D1 program?

MM: I’ve always been a hard worker, but coming from travel ball really made me up my work ethic. When I got here, I worked the hardest I’ve ever worked. It really opened up my eyes to how hard it was (to play college softball) and how much extra work I had to put in.

SA: How did your softball journey begin?

MM: I started playing softball at age three. Growing up, I always played multiple sports including volleyball, soccer and basketball. I played basketball up until my 8th grade year and I loved it, but I chose softball because I had a passion for it and that was when I was happiest, whether it was pitching or playing catch with my mother or brother. Being on the field and playing the game really gets my adrenaline up.

SA: As you continue your academic and athletic career at Arizona State, what are you most excited for?

MM: I’m most excited about playing with this team and playing with all the girls. We have a special bond, as we hang out outside of softball.

SA: Throughout your softball journey, who has been your main motivator?

MM: My mom and my stepdad. They’ve pushed me to be the best I can be, and it has really helped me realize how much talent I have and how much progress I can make with my work ethic. My third person would be Ryan Taylor. He was my travel ball coach and I loved playing for him, as he cared for you and pushed you as a person and as a player. He was the one that helped with my decision to attend Arizona State.

SA: Are there any tips you can give young softball players who are currently going through the recruiting process?

MM: Stay positive about things, really work hard at it and always have a good work ethic because having a good work ethic can go a long way.

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