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Paige Affleck

School

BYU

Position
Pitcher
Major
Exercise Physiology
ERA
2.90
W-L
7-9

Classroom

Affleck already completed her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at BYU and is currently working on her master’s thesis in exercise physiology. She maintains a 3.5 GPA in graduate coursework and expects to graduate in August 2011, after which she intends to apply for medical school with the goal of entering into a MD/PHD program to become a research physician. During the winter and spring semesters of 2010, Affleck volunteered her services as a tutor to fellow softball and baseball players. She tutored as many as 43 student-athletes in a variety of subjects, including statistics, nutrition, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology. She volunteered to help fellow softball students in order to keep her team stay in top performance in the classroom as well as on the field. In addition, Affleck is a three-time Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-MWC honoree.

Character

As a junior, injuries forced Affleck to handle most of the pitching duties and she responded by compiling the most single-season victories for a pitcher in school history and helping BYU advance to the NCAA Super Regionals. Affleck is committed to her religious beliefs and strives to bring honor to a school centered upon those beliefs by living her life with personal integrity and service to others. Affleck’s strong work ethic continues in the offseason, in which she utilizes diverse training such as CrossFit and kick-boxing to maintain her physical development as well. She enters her senior season as a team captain.

Community

Affleck has spoken to numerous young people about being a student-athlete and using sports to earn an education and continue to pursue life goals after participating in college athletics. In the spring of 2010, Paige accompanied the BYU softball team for a visit to Lava Hills Elementary in Santa Clara, Utah, and spoke to the students about the importance of working hard in school in order to be able to achieve your goals in life. In August 2009, Affleck provided two weeks of volunteer service in the Hunan Province of China at the People’s Regional Hospital in the City of Changde working in several capacities. She assisted plastic surgeons in cleft lip and palate surgical repair cases as an operating room surgical assistant, and she worked in some cases as an anesthesia and nursing assistant. Outside the operating room, she helped transport patients and comforted infants during recovery. Affleck also enjoys volunteering time playing the violin for various events. For example, she plays at community events and school functions as well as for residents of local rehabilitation and elderly care centers throughout Utah and in Boulder City, Nevada.

Competition

Affleck enters her senior season as the program’s career leader in victories (65), strikeouts (569) and earned-run average (1.42). A two-time All-MWC honoree, she has led the Cougars to the last two MWC championships and an NCAA berth all three years in the program. Last year Affleck was named to the MWC first team after becoming the first BYU pitcher to win more than 30 games in a season. She finished first in the MWC in victories, innings pitched, appearances and games started while finishing second in earned run average and strikeouts.