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June 28, 2012

Fischer beats longshot odds to represent mid-major programs with Team USA

NORMAN — The odds were stacked against Samantha Fischer. Coming from Loyola Marymount University, she wasn’t considered a favorite to even be invited to the USA Softball Women’s National Team selection camp, much less make the team.

However, Fischer’s name was called to become part of Team USA.

“It’s like a dream,” Fischer said. “It was always a dream; now it still feels like a dream. Being able to live it out has been the greatest experience. Some of the best softball players I’ve ever seen and played with. It’s just been the experience of a lifetime, and I’ve only been doing it for a week.”

The 18-member USA Women’s National team will compete in six different events in the United States and Canada. That includes the World Cup of Softball VII, which starts today at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

A year ago, Fischer would not have been able to imagine touring the country with the best players in the nation. She was just heading into her senior season at LMU looking to improve her game.

But after the Simi Valley, Calif., native finished the year leading all NCAA Division I players with her .492 batting average to go along with 23 home runs and 59 RBIs, she became the Lions’ first All-American. Then a dream she had as a kid resurfaced once again.

“It’s always something I dreamed of,” Fischer said. “Just the biggest dream. When I was younger it was, ‘How cool would that be?’ As I got older I started to get a little more realistic. How many girls get to play for Team USA? Not that many. Then my senior year came around for LMU and I had a big year. So I was like, ‘Maybe I can be one of those few girls.’”

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