Precious Birdsong Uses Her Speed to Ignite Baylor Offense

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Updated: 5/21/2013 7:28 pm

Chattanooga-(WDEF) Precious Birdsong will be leading the charge for the Baylor softball team on Wednesday as they begin play at Spring Fling. Good luck getting this super fast lead-off hitter out.

There doesn't appear to be a blue print to stop Precious Birdsong from reaching base. Said head coach Kelli Smith,"She puts a lot of pressure on defenses because you really don't know how to play her. They have to come in real tight, and then knowing they have to get rid of the ball so quickly." Said Birdsong,"Sometimes on bunts when they field it, they don't throw it because I'm already there." Added third baseman Haley Andrus,"Like Friday, she was hitting balls to first and second base and getting on base every single time, which is kind of ridiculous."

Birdsong's on base percentage is off the charts. Right coach? "It's really, really high," said Smith. "Again, I don't want to talk about it on camera because she doesn't want to know, and I don't want to jinx that for her."

Reporter-"When you get on first base, is it almost a given you are going to steal second base?" Said Birdsong,"I pray and hope every time I get on first that she gives me that sign. Every time I get on."

Birdsong's speed is also an asset on defense. Said Smith,"She can play infield. She can also play outfield. So she's just so versatile. She teases me all the time about wanting to be catcher. But anyway, I say with your kind of speed, you are going to be somewhere up the middle I can promise you."

Birdsong is a junior, but she has already committed to play college ball at MTSU. "I've always dreamed to go to college and play at the next level. Since it's actually getting ready to happen to me, it's like, whoa. It's all in front of me." Added Smith,"She is among one of the most talented softball players that I personally believe has ever played here at Baylor."

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