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O'Donnell Reflects on Time With Softball Program

July 17, 2017

SB: Where Are They Now? - Donna Papa

STORRS, Conn. -
During a transitional period in the UConn softball program, Emily O'Donnell provided consistency and solid foundation in her 200 career starts as a Husky between the 2012 and 2015 seasons.

After completing her junior season under Hall of Fame-bound head coach Karen Mullins, O'Donnell was part of the first UConn team under newly-appointed head coach Jen McIntyre - and arguably the biggest producer.

O'Donnell - a third baseman - ranked first on the team in her senior season in batting average (.346), hits (53), doubles (14), home runs (6), RBI (32) and total bases (89), leading the Huskies to five more wins than they had the season before.

Her ability to successfully adjust to a change in program leadership, as well as her durability in a four-year career where she played in 200 out of 205 possible games, contributed to her stellar career at UConn.

She ranks fourth all-time in home runs (20), including a personal season-high of nine as a freshman, along with 91 RBI in her time in Storrs. She had a career-best 32 RBI as a senior, the same year that she finished fourth in batting average (.346) in the American Athletic Conference.

The Huskies won 78 games between 2012 and 2015, averaging nearly 20 victories per season. UConn finished 26-27 in O'Donnell's sophomore campaign under Mullins, the most wins in a season for one of O'Donnell's teams.

Originally from Niskayuna, N.Y., O'Donnell has managed to remain in her hometown while making great strides in her professional career. Catch up with Emily by reading her answers below in this edition of `Where Are They Now?'

Where do you live now?

I currently live in Niskayuna, New York.

What was your major at UConn?

My major at UConn was human development and family studies.

Where do you work?

I work at Albany Medical Center, where I am a registered nurse on the Neuroscience/epilepsy monitoring unit. 

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment since graduating from UConn?

My greatest accomplishment since graduating from UConn would most definitely be passing the NCLEX and receiving my nursing license. 

What is your favorite UConn softball memory?

My favorite UConn softball memory would be when we went to San Diego for spring break my senior year. A bunch of our alumni made the trip as well to root us on. Overall it was a great trip with lots of softball and sunshine!