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(In conjunction with D1Softball’s Top 50 Programs of the last decade project, staff writer Rhiannon Potkey will be providing an inside glimpse at a few of the programs and what’s helped make them successful. From unique traditions to milestone moments to program-changing players, all different angles will be explored)

Gabi Martinez tried everything possible to make her academic schedule fit with her softball schedule during her senior season at Boston University.

But with an internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center added to her class load, Martinez couldn’t avoid missing Friday practices. She approached head coach Ashley Waters about the conflict, and was relieved by the answer.

“She told me academics always comes first and it wouldn’t be a problem,” said Martinez, a 2017 graduate. “But she knew I still needed reps, so she offered to meet on Friday or Saturday mornings to make up that time one-one-on with me. It made me feel good to know she supported me and I wasn’t losing out on anything.”

Waters goes out of her way to ensure her players can pursue any major they want at BU, no matter how rigorous. She knows recruits commit to BU with more than softball in mind. They want a quality education and meaningful degree. 

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