It felt like home.
That's why Logan Foulks decided to transfer to Mississippi State to play softball.
While growing up in Douglasville, Ga., Foulks remembers seeing some of the same things that are in Starkville.
"You come in and see the ponds, pastures and lakes," Foulks said. "I fell in love even before I saw the campus."
Foulks was also welcomed quickly by the coaches and players.
"They're awesome," Foulks said. "I can't get enough of it."
When the Bulldogs open the season Thursday against South Alabama, Foulks will get her first time to help the program.
MSU head coach Van Stuedeman said Foulks fits right in and was like a relative that had only been out of touch for a long time.
Stuedeman has already noticed the spark in Foulks' eyes and the commitment shown to contribute.
"Logan fell in love with our facilities and knew some of the players, which was definitely a huge positive," Stuedeman said. "She spent the fall working on her GPA, got here in January and here we are. We were very fortunate that she was available in the summer. She's great personality-wise, academic-wise and she loves Mississippi State and our players."
Foulks comes to the Bulldogs from North Carolina, where she finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year with a .596 slugging percentage.
MSU assistant coach Alan Reach believes he can identify the characteristics that make a good hitter and Foulks has those.
"You can see who's a hitter by their body language and the way they approach batting practice," Reach said. "She approaches hitting with a strong mentality. She has a really good swing and experience in the ACC and experience in the SEC just playing out of conference. You can tell a lot about a hitter if they have more walks than strikeouts; if they take good pitches and know which pitches they are going to crush."
Stuedeman is anxious to get all three transfers, Foulks, Julia Echols and Alison Owens, into the loop with the squad.
"All three of them were very well connected with players on our team, so it was a pretty easy transition for them," Stuedeman said. "I think probably the hardest part was getting to know the coaching staff. Alison and Julia came just one semester after me, so we're all very eager to get them into their uniform and on the field."
Foulks said the transition for her was easy because of the energy that Stuedeman puts into the program.
"I love her enthusiasm and excitement for every player individually and for the team," Foulks said. "Everything she does is 110 percent and she's always enthused at everything she does from tying her shoes to winning the World Series. I love that and the whole team feeds off that. I know I do."
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