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Senior Spotlight: Hayley Bettles

By: Samantha McGarry

In the past three seasons, senior Hayley Bettles has appeared in a total of 48 games with 24 starts for the LIU Post women’s softball team. In 2011, Bettles notched 22 strikeouts over 26.2 innings pitched with a 2.62 ERA. In 2010, Bettles posted an 11-4 record, picking up her first win of the season against the University of the Sciences after pitching four scoreless innings. In her 2009 season, Bettles finished with a 3.06 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 48 innings. So far, in 2012, she has maintained a 3.14 ERA over 48.2 innings pitched for the 19-11 Pioneers.

Name: Hayley Bettles

Sport: Softball

Position: Pitcher

Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C, Canada

High School: Frank Hurt Secondary

What made you choose to come to LIU Post?

My old coach used to play here and coached here for a while. I was also really drawn to New York City, and I have always loved it.

What do you think the top priorities of a college athlete should be?

Being committed to your team all the time and time management

If you had to describe your team in 3 words, what would they be?

Family, Dedicated, and Special

What is your favorite part of being a student athlete at LIU Post?

Missing classes for games!

What is your favorite memory at Post overall?

Winning super-regionals and going to the World Series in Virginia in 2011

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Derek Jeter, obviously, because he is cute and good, too.

Any favorite pro sport teams?

The Vancouver Canucks and the New York Yankees

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to go back home and become a teacher.

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