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Softball star Hunter Levesque rounds the bases as a Pitt Panther. (Matt Hawley/Pittsburgh Athletics)
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In addition to a career batting average over .300, Levesque worked hard on her defense to earn a starting spot in her freshman season in the outfield. That proved to be a challenging experience; she was a pitcher and shortstop prior to college during her high school and travel softball days. She was a fast learner. She has made six errors in her four seasons, with no errors in the last two seasons.
“They threw me in the outfield, and, I tell you, that was a big transition for me,” she said. “The game is full of failure, but I’ve learned from those failures. As a defender I’m very vocal out there, and I’m always looking to get my pitchers out of an inning. I’m the only senior in the outfield now, and the other outfielders look up to me. So I have to be that vocal leader and push them and challenge them.”
She is jokingly self-deprecating when commenting about highlight reels of her diving catches on NCAA softball websites.
“Maybe I need to get faster so I can stay on my feet,” she said.
She hopes to stay in the game post-graduation by coaching young girls in Pittsburgh. Her parents moved from the Brunswick area of Troy to Pittsburgh, and she has made the Steel City her home.
“Once softball is over I’ll probably just try to pick up new hobbies and stay around the game as much as I can,” she said.
She wants to give back to the softball community because the sport she started playing at the age of 4 has given her so much.
“I definitely love inspiring young girls to chase their dreams,” Levesque said.
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