Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lexie Handley of Ohio State University softball for Global Women's Sports Radio. A grad student athlete, Lexie gave me a few minutes of her time while she prepares for a move to Italy to continue her playing career. That interview can be found at On the Beat With Lexie Handley.
From Mogadore, Ohio, Lexie pitched one season with Akron University, followed by three seasons at Auburn. Lexie returned to her home state this season to finish her career with the Buckeyes.
For her career, Lexie was 53-39 with three saves and a 2.72 ERA. She started 98 games, completing 52. Lexie struck out 593 batters, while walking only 266. The Buckeyes finished 36-17 (13-9 in the Big Ten).
Early in the interview, I learned Lexie is heading to Italy to continue her career. She talked about how that came to be, along with learning the language. Once her playing career ends, Lexie plans on a coaching career.
Lexie also talked about her faith and mental health, two very important topics to her and ones she openly discusses. I applaud Lexie and any other athlete, especially young ones, who have the courage to speak about their beliefs and the importance of taking care of one's mental health. As we moved through the interview, Lexie discussed the significance of her number, batting, her weekly schedule as a student-athlete and much more.
I thank Lexie for her time and consideration and wish her a lot of success and happiness in Italy. Lexie also agreed to an update interview following her season in Italy. Check back here for that.