Who is she? Marisa Bast, a former all-star third baseman for the Northwestern Wildcats.
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What is she known for? Bast spent all four seasons of her Wildcat career on the left side of the infield, including starting every game of her final three seasons at the hot corner. She was a four-time all-conference selection and an all-American in 2012; she finished one home run shy of the conference's Triple Crown award in her sophomore campaign. She was a top-nine finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and her school's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in her senior year, as well.
Here's something interesting… Marisa is the great-niece of Ted Tanouye, a Japanese-American soldier who served in the US Army during World War II. Tanouye posthumously received the Medal of Honor, among other awards such as a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Marisa attended the medal ceremony in 2000 and met then-President Bill Clinton. "As I look back on those memories," Marisa says, "I am humbled by and in awe of the fact that this is a part of my family history."
Quotable quote: “The funny thing about softball is, one pitch can change an entire game. I’ll never forget the pitch that forever cemented this in my mind. We were playing a Big Ten game and the opposing team had the bases loaded in the last inning. I remember noting the score in my head and thinking “One more out.” The batter swung at the next pitch and the ball went sailing out of the park. In a couple of seconds, we went from being one out away from walking off that field with a win, to losing on a walk-off grand slam. Take the game one pitch at a time. Take every rep, swing, out, play, one pitch at a time and give your 100% effort to that present moment. The game will feel slower and you are able to control your effort, attitude, and focus in that one moment.”
What's she up to now? After graduating from Northwestern, Marisa began her career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) in downtown Chicago; at present, she works as a senior analyst in Business Development at the company. In addition to her "day job", Marisa coaches the 10U Bash Bombers travel club and competes in Crossfit.
Connect: You can find Marissa on Twitter @mbast21.