When Natalie Cox, senior, stepped up to the plate, she eyed the ball in the pitcher’s hand. Bat in her hand, feet centered, she got into position.
She was ready.
On Friday, Aug. 26,Cox hit three home runs in the Varsity Softball game against Parkway West.
“Most of the time a home run happens once or twice a game, so for one person to get three in a game is unusual,” Cox said.
Cox made the varsity team her freshman year. Over the years, Cox has made successful achievements, like hitting a walk-off home run against Notre Dame in the quarterfinals her sophomore year.
Cox is excited for the remainder of the season as a pitcher and what it has to bring. She plans to take her skills to the next level by playing in college.
John Meyer, varsity softball coach, said he sees a lot of potential in Cox and her softball skills.
“There’s no question that she’s gonna be able to play at the next level,” Meyer said.
Meyer said Cox may be one of the first students in Marquette history to hit three home runs in one game.
“If she were a major league player, it would make headlines.” Meyer said.
Senior Grace Houchin, senior, has known Cox for most of her life and has played on the varsity team on left field with her since junior year.
“She works hard in practice and she’s a powerful hitter,” Houchin said.
For pitchers, Houchin said the three home runs that Cox hit is not easy to do in one game, and that it was awesome for the team. She hopes that the season will go well and that the team’s hard work will pay off for her senior year.
“I’m glad I get to finish my softball career off with Marquette softball.” Houchin said.
Marissa Gress, varsity softball coach, is excited to see where the season takes Cox and the rest of her teammates.
“I have no doubt that Natalie will be successful in the future with softball,” Gress said. “She has a strong work ethic and is able to juggle school and sports very well.”