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Members of the Virginia softball team – both student-athletes and coaches – will be revealing 20 random facts about themselves to each weekday leading up to the team’s season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 13th at the Elon Tournament in Elon, N.C. Up next is freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell, a native of White Plains, N.Y.

1. My favorite place in the world I have been to is Japan. I want to go back again one day.

2. I play every sport left-handed except for softball. I also write and eat left-handed.

3. I am an only child.

4. I am a huge Phantom of the Opera fan. I really want to see it on Broadway.

5. I took Spanish every year fromfourth grade up through my senior year of high school.

6. I am a Boston Red Sox fan and my best friend is a New York Yankees fan.

7. When I was 11 years old, I got a brand new bike for Christmas. The first time I rode it, I ended up riding it into a ditch filled with water.

8. I can go somewhere once and remember exactly how to get back there.

9. Growing up, I wanted to be either a cheerleader or a gymnast. I gave up on those dreams once I figured out that I would be close to six feet tall.

10. I used to have a black and white Siberian husky named Titan.

11. When I pitch, I always wear a polka dot bow in my hair.

12. I’m allergic to freckles. (Not really, but I love telling inside jokes).

13. I love animal print anything – clothes, shoes, purses, scarves, sunglasses, etc.

14. My favorite movie is Major League.

15. I have donated 10 inches of my hair to “Locks for Love” twice.

16. When I was born, my grandfather gave me a basketball in hopes that I would one day grow up to playbasketball. It didn’t exactly turn out that way, as I am terrible at basketball.

17. I am addicted to Trail Mix.

18. I am also addicted to the TV show Glee. I also watch SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight way more than any one person should.

19. I broke my wrist skateboarding when I was 7. I haven’t been on a skateboard since.

20. I am a grammar nerd. I even use complete sentences and punctuation when I text. But I’m an engineering major. Go figure.

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