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Shape the 'backbone' of the Bulldogs in softball

May 6, 2014

Mississippi State's Heidi Shape (22) makes contact with the softball during the final regular season home game against Arkansas. (Photo by Lee Adams)

Coach Vann Stuedeman calls her the “backbone of the team” and while watching the Mississippi State softball team in action, it is easy to see why.
This season alone senior Heidi Shape leads the team in walks with 39 and hit by pitches with 18. Combine those together and Shape has the highest on-base percentage on the team at .455.
“That is a result of trusting herself and being confident,” Stuedeman said of Shape's ability to get on base. “You have to be confident enough to know that if you get the one pitch, you are ready to hit it, but you are going to make sure they bring you your pitch. You have to be patient and confident you can execute that plan.”
Through her senior season, the Duluth, Ga., native has racked up a .237 batting average with a team leading 32 runs off 33 hits and has provided 26 RBIs.
It takes work to put up those numbers and according to Stuedeman, Shape is not one to shy away from the fight.
“Heidi is a blue collar, hard worker, who has scratched and clawed for everything she has earned,” the Bulldog coach said. “She has been a staple and started every game in her Mississippi State career. She has been the backbone of the team and captain of the infield. She may not be the loud, boisterous cheerleading leader, but instead she leads by her actions and example.”

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