Thursday's Conversation With Fresno State's Brenna Moss

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Welcome to Thursday’s Conversation. Each week, one Mountain West student-athlete will be featured by answering a series of questions.

Joining the conversation this week is Fresno State’s Brenna Moss. The senior from Bakersfield, California, is the starting centerfielder for the Bulldogs. Last season, Moss was named the MW Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team All-MW selection for the second consecutive season.

Moss is currently leading the Conference in batting average (.500), hits (48) and stolen bases (17), while ranking second in total bases (59), runs scored (31) and on-base percentage (.566). Moss and the Bulldogs (19-10) begin MW play on Friday in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a three-game series against Colorado State (18-13).

Question: Conference play begins for the Bulldogs and the rest of the Mountain West this week. What’s it going to take for Fresno State to earn its first-ever MW Championship in softball?

Answer: I think we’re on the right road. This team really comes out with a lot of heart and we comes out swinging and aggressive. We have to be fearless and take no prisoners.

Q: The non-conference schedule can be a grind, playing as many as six games in three days. How does playing such a grueling schedule prepare the team for what you’ll face in Conference play?

A: The range of competition that we played in non-conference showed us to that we have to play our game no matter what. We can’t worry about who is in the dugout across from us; we just need to play Bulldog softball.

Q: What is “Bulldog softball”?

A: Speed has always been a big thing for us. We have a lot of it, but we have some power as well. For us, we have to work together as a team to generate runs. It doesn’t come down to one person, it takes a team and we’ve really worked on that this year.

Q: You were the MW Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and by all accounts are having another stellar season in the outfield. What enables you to be such a solid defensive player?

A: It’s really my coaches just pushing me to be the best I could be. I didn’t realize my full potential until the coaches here pushed me and made me be a better player with the things they’ve taught me.

Q: To be a good defender requires a certain amount of instinct when it comes to playing the ball. Is that instinct something you’ve always had?

A: You can work on that, but I think it’s something you’re just born with. I can remember being young and having the same instincts I do now.

Q: In addition to being a good player on the field, you’re also putting up good marks in the classroom, as evident by your two-time selection to the Academic All-MW team. What’s your secret to being a good student?

A: The main thing is staying on top of school work. You can’t fall behind. We all have rigorous schedules and you really just have to make it a point to stay on top of your work.

Q: Graduation is only a few months away. What are you getting your degree in and have you begun to think about what you’d like to do once school is over?

A: I’ll be getting my degree in psychology. I would like to play professional softball if that’s possible. I am also going to apply for a master’s program in criminology.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Honestly, just relax. We’re so busy and always going it’s nice to watch a movie and not worry about anything for a while.

Q: Growing up, was there an athlete or celebrity that you looked up to?

A: Yes, it was actually Laura Berg, who played centerfield here at Fresno State. I always looked up to her because she’s a great athlete. I had a chance to talk with her at an alumni dinner after her jersey was retired earlier this season.

Q: What did you talk about?

A: A lot about softball. She said that she liked the way I played the game and I was really speechless when she made that comment because it means a lot coming from someone that was as good as she was in the sport.

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