Junior outfielder Sam Forrest came to UCA from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where she has been a Bear for three years.
“I grew up in Broken A r r o w , Oklahoma, and went to Broken Arrow High S c h o o l , ” Forrest said.
Starting softball at a young age, Forrest has always been a softball player, never playing anything else with the same competitive spirit.
“I started playing softball at age 4,” she said. “I never played any other sport competitively and my focus has always been on softball.”
She succeeded in high school, getting not one, but two state championships.
“My best memory of high school is winning the state championship both my freshman and sophomore years,” Forrest said.
Going to UCA wasn’t her dream growing up, though.
She wanted to be a University of Missouri Tiger, Oklahoma State University Cowgirl or an Oklahoma University Sooner.
“My dream schools growing up were Mizzou, Oklahoma State and OU,” she said. “I wanted to stay somewhat close to home.”
When she came to a UCA camp, she loved the campus.
“I was originally committed to Wichita State, but stuff fell through and I ended up coming to a UCA camp,” Forrest said. “I immediately fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere.”
She chose to be a Bear because of the coaches, the faculty and the university’s overall welcoming atmosphere.
“I chose UCA because of the amazing connection I made with not only the coaches, but the faculty, too,” she said. “Everyone was so welcoming here at UCA and it was like home away from home.”
Forrest wants to finish her business management degree at UCA before returning close to her hometown and attending the University of Oklahoma—Tulsa to get a degree in physical therapy.
“I eventually want to own my own physical therapy place,” she said.
In 2013, Forrest started and played in all 58 games.
She had a .387 batting average, which led UCA and was fourth in the Southland Conference.
She led the team with 44 runs, which was third best in the SLC.
In 2014, she started and played in all 57 games and had a .338 batting average.
She had 198 at-bats with 67 hits and 41 runs.
She also had 43 RBIs and had a .571 slugging percentage.
Forrest and the rest of the UCA Bear softball team will be back in action at 5 p.m. tonight against the University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff Lady Lions.