April 25, 2012
BERKELEY - With Senior Day just a couple weeks away, CalBears.com caught up with senior outfielder Jamia Reid to reflect on her time in Berkeley. From the get go, Reid left her mark on the Golden Bear program by breaking the single-season steal record as a freshman. In 2010 as a sophomore, she catapulted her way to the All-Pac-10 first team and the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region First Team. After owning a team-high .497 slugging and 31 steals and second-best .394 batting average, Reid became an All-American. Heading into this weekend against UCLA, Reid ranks second in batting .397 with an incredible 38 steals.
CalBears.com: What will you miss most about Cal?
Jamia Reid: I am definitely going to miss my teammates. I've spent four years with these girls, and even the ones I got to know this year, I was able to build friendships with them. I love these girls.
CalBears.com: Has Cal lived up to or has it been different or better than the expectations you had of it as a freshman?
JR: Cal has certainly lived up to my expectations. With every year that went by, I found something new to eat or a new place to shop.
CalBears.com: What has been the most embarrassing or funny story in your years at Cal?
JR: I would have to say this year, when we were playing Oregon. I was stealing second base and the ball was hit to the left fielder, so I ended up rounding the bag. The left fielder ended up catching the ball, and I just ran back to first. I definitely made it back to first; however I never touched second base. Live and learn.
CalBears.com: What advice would you give to freshmen?
JR: I would have to say focus on your school work because the year goes by very fast, and it's okay to have a social life. Also be ready to become extremely responsible because after freshman year - you have to pay bills.
CalBears.com: What was the best class you took?
JR: I would have to say Sociology 167. It was a class about the internet and it is a good class to take.
CalBears.com: What is your favorite place to eat or go in Berkeley?
JR: Tako Sushi, Gordo's and I.B.'s Hoagies
CalBears.com: What memories or games stick out in your mind from your time in the Blue & Gold?
JR: I would definitely say going to the World Series last year because it was an amazing feeling. I didn't realize I was actually at the World Series till I put on my uniform.
CalBears.com: What does it mean to be a part of Cal softball?
JR: I feel proud to be able to represent the Cal softball team. Cal softball is a team to watch out for. Every year that I have been with this program, it just gets better and better. The coaching staff is there when you need them. I'm just proud to be a Bear. I wouldn't have it any other way.