Olivia Gamache concluded her four-year career with the Tiger softball team and placed her name in the TSU record books. Gamache reached the Top 10 in seven career categories and is listed six times in the single-season records. The Exeter, R.I. native appeared in 33 games, starting 22, and tossed 122.1 innings as a senior while earning a win in her final game as a Tiger at Belmont. She struck out a career high nine batters versus North Carolina A&T, while fanning eight against Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State.
Olivia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences on May 10 from Tennessee State.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: TSU has been a great experience. Like most freshmen coming into college I had many ups and downs, it was difficult adjusting to college life but the students and staff here at TSU made it much easier to get used to. I have made many lifelong friends here whom have become more like a family to me. Being a student-athlete made my time here at TSU the most enjoyable.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: I love its location as well as the tradition of the school. Being near downtown Nashville meant that there would hardly ever be a dull moment. The pride that the students and staff show in the schools’ tradition made you realize that you were really in a great place.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: I will miss the atmosphere of the school. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and encouraging of your success on and off the field.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable softball moment at TSU?
A: My most memorable softball moment would have to be getting to travel to Arizona to play against Arizona State, University of Arizona, and Alabama this past year. However I also loved being put up against all the great competition we faced throughout my four years.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-softball moment at TSU?
A: Homecoming week and going to football games.
TSUTigers: How do you feel social networking played a role in this season?
A: Social media was helpful in getting the word out about our games.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: I would have to say my close friends Devin Amar and Robert Meyers. They were able to make it to almost every game and were always rooting not only myself but the whole team on. This was very helpful to me because my family was not able to come down to many games because of the distance.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: I would tell them to work hard on and off the field but still allow themselves to get the TSU experience.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: Ms. Patrice Elder
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: Coach Dabney and our teams Athletic Trainer. I learned so much from coach in my four years here and Danny goes above and beyond at his job, is always there if we need him and has taught me a lot outside of my Athletic Training classes.
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: I will be returning to Rhode Island to coach softball at the high school level and work training high school athletes. I hope to one day be the owner of my own indoor training facility and help high school athletes reach their collegiate dreams!
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: Stay connected with teammates and friends through social media and will be planning trips down during football and softball season to support my TSU family.
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: I learned so much about the history of the school.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: I have learned to be more open to different things.
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: Thank you for the time I have spent here it truly has been a great experience and I couldn’t be more thankful! I’m so glad I went to TSU!! GO TIGERS!