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Student-Athlete Feature: Grace Perechinsky

Student-Athlete Feature: Grace Perechinsky

Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.

In this edition, we feature softball senior Grace Perechinsky.

Perechinsky has been a key member of the Bonnies softball lineup since joining the program in 2017-18. In three seasons with the Bonnies, Perechinsky carries a .297 career batting average to go along with 16 doubles, four home runs and 41 RBIs. After batting .348 with 13 doubles and 27 RBIs as a freshman, Perechinsky was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

A native of Scranton, Pa., Perechinsky enters her senior year with 94 career games played and has registered 239 career at-bats.

Perechinsky is a sports studies major at St. Bonaventure.

Who is your favorite artist?
Post Malone

What is your favorite movie?
Moneyball

What is your favorite food?
Chicken Parmesan

What is your favorite place on campus?
Joyce Field

Did you take up any new activities or pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?
Over quarantine I became highly invested in listening to self-help podcasts and books. I took the time to focus on my mental game and what it would take to help me reach my fullest potential.

What is the hardest part about the new life on campus?
The hardest part about the new life on campus is not being able to hang out with my teammates. I do not live with any of my teammates so it's difficult to spend my senior season feeling distanced from the people I would spend almost all of my time with.

What keeps you motivated in these tough times?
What keeps me motivated is my desire to grow as an individual. In times like this, I am in a position as a leader and be there for my team. I hope to always give a bit of myself to everyone. I desire to learn to adapt, overcome and succeed in committing myself to my goals and dreams.

What do you think about this year's team?
This year we have a very strong team that is committed to giving their all in anything they do. We have a fearless squad that dominates at every position. The freshmen have made a statement for themselves this fall season. Above all, everyone is eager to showcase their talent and are all ready to step up to the plate when called upon.

What was your favorite part of preseason workouts?
My favorite part of playing summer ball was getting the opportunity to play. I play for Softball Central in Buffalo with girls from college's all around the area. These girls are current or past players. I love playing beside these girls because we all carry the same love and passion for the game. My favorite part of fall ball was being able to be with my teammates. We had a blast practicing and playing, never taking a second for granted. The fall is my favorite season at Bona's, so enjoying the scenery was definitely a plus.

Who do you look up to on the team or in life in general?
I look up to my teammate, Tierney Fitzgerald. She has great drive and commits to everything and anything she does on and off the field. I look up to her because she gives 110 percent and then some when she steps onto the field. She has a strong mindset and always maintains positivity.

What's your dream in-game scenario?
Ideally, I live for every moment I get on the field whether it's bases-loaded or nobody on. Dream game scenario defensively would be playing first base and the batter goes to bunt the ball. I charge the bunt and dive forward to make a great play to win end the game with a win. Offensively, my favorite scenario would be a contribution from each player in the lineup that would provide me with the opportunity to hit a walk-off home run. Working together as a team and collectively giving a 100 percent to do your own part, is greater than any individual victory.

What is one fun fact you want people to know about you?
I was adopted from Bryanski, Russia when I was 3.