With the Stanford softball team off to a an 8-3 start to the 2012 season, senior catcher Maya Burns is hoping to finish her playing career off with a Women’s College World Series title.
While winning the national title has been her goal each of the past three years, she said it carries more weight in her final season.
“While that has always been a goal,” she said, “it’s definitely more evident in your senior year when this is your last time to go the stretch and reach that goal.”
Despite all that, she said she and the other three seniors on the team are not letting it get in their heads.
“We still remind ourselves this is a game that we’ve loved since we were 8 years old,” she said, “and while this is our quote, “last chance to achieve our goal,” it’s also the last time we have to enjoy each other and play with the other 20 girls on the field and on the staff. We’re going to go out with a bang in the sense that when we’re done with collegiate softball, we’re going to probably be done for our lives unless we play for a company team one day.”
The San Mateo native who played her high school ball at St. Ignatius said playing so close to where she grew up has had its advantages, despite the fact that she originally wanted to get as far away from home as possible.
Playing at Stanford has meant that her parents have been able to attend her games and that she has seen her life come full circle from when she was a young player with high hopes.
“There are so many girls who come to our games and look up to all the local Bay Area softball players who have played in the same leagues,” she said. “They see that and they are inspired by us, which is awesome because I remember looking up to the collegiate players and just wondering how they got there.”
The psychology major said she wants to “explore other corners of the world” after graduation, though she is applying to a masters program at Stanford and hopes for a career in managerial consulting when she eventually returns to settle down in the Bay Area.
NEXT GAME: Friday, 3:30 p.m. vs. Long Island and 6 p.m. vs. Oklahoma as part of Cathedral City Classic in Southern California
HOST TOURNEY: Stanford will host the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic March 9-11
NATIONAL RANKING: No. 14 in USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll