CORTLAND, N.Y. - This week's State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Q&A is with Softball Pitcher of the Week, Katie Quagliana (East Amherst, NY).
Quagliana continued a stellar freshman start to the season for the Hawks by pitching her first career no-hitter and just the fifth no-hitter in program history against defending SUNYAC Champions SUNY Geneseo. Quagliana threw all seven innings, giving up no hits or runs and just two walks with a strikeout in a 2-0 win over the Knights in game one of the double header Friday. Quagliana got another start against Brockport the following day and pitched another complete game, throwing eight innings, while giving up just seven hits, three runs and just two walks with three strikeouts. The Hawks have a big conference weekend coming up as they travel to Cortland and then Oswego for two doubleheaders.
1. If you had to choose another sport to play in college what would it be and why?
I would choose Ice hockey because I love hockey and I used to play travel. It's the only other sport I continued to play for many years other than softball.
2. What's your favorite pro sports team and why?
My favorite pro team is the Buffalo Sabres because they are so much fun to watch. I grew up watching hockey and I'm from Buffalo, NY so we have a huge fan base for all of our sports teams.
3. Do you have a hidden talent, if so what is it?
A hidden talent I have is being able to do a handstand and walk on my hands.
4. If you could have one song play every time you score/get a hit/win a race what would it be?
The one song I would choose would be POWER by Kanye West.
5. What's your favorite professional sports memory?
My favorite pro sports memory is watching the Buffalo Sabres go on a 10 game winnings streak.
6. What's your favorite sports movie?
My favorite sports movie is The Miracle.
7. Do you have any pre/in game rituals? What are they?
The one pregame ritual I have is I always tie my left cleat first and they are always double knotted and I don't touch them after that. My in game ritual Is every time a new inning starts and my team is in the circle with me, I have to stand on the mound.
8. If you were stranded on an island, who would you want to be there with you, and why?
If I was stranded on an Island I would definitely want my entire family. My mom, dad, two brothers, and sister. My mom and dad just know how to do everything so they would definitely be helpful, my older brother is in the Army so he definitely has some useful skills, my younger brother and sister just are fun people to be around. I think it would make being stranded on an island kind of fun.
9. Who inspired you to play your sport?
My mom definitely inspired me to play softball. She used to play when she was younger and then she put me in it. She was my coach for many years, she drove me to so many hitting and pitching lessons. She pushed me everyday and I wouldn't be the player I am without her.
10. What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is a tiger shark.