Maryland softball team manager, Ben Kessler, recently sat down with four-year seniors Amanda McCann and Candice Beards for a Q&A to recognize their dedication to the program since 2011. Today's spotlight features Beards. Click here to view McCann's Q&A.
A mainstay in the Terrapin lineup since arriving on campus in 2011, Beards has appeared in 191 games (163 starts) throughout her illustrious career. A career .290 hitter, she has proven to be one of the most dangerous hitters in the middle of the Maryland batting order. Beards currently ranks fifth in program history in walks (78), eighth in RBIs (98) and eighth in doubles (33).
Best Moment of Maryland Career?
My favorite moment actually came from this year when we played at North Carolina and had a great team-hitting day and beat them off Shannon Bustillos' home run!
What advice would you give an incoming freshman?
I would tell them to never take anything for granted, stay true to yourself and never change. I would also tell them to focus on academics and have a plan with what you want to do in life so you don’t wait until the last minute scrambling.
How have you improved as a softball player in your four years?
I am not afraid to take risks on the field anymore; I played scared my freshman year and I have really grown from that.
Best softball trip during career at Maryland?
When we went to Seattle for NCAA Regionals in 2012
Role model in softball?
U.S. Olympian softball player Natasha Watley
What is your favorite part about UMD?
The pride the school has and the state flag.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned from being a student athlete?
I’ve learned that you have to compartmentalize things in your life. Also, that you have to always be 15 minutes early or you are late!