When Texas A&M senior Celena Massey exited USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday, heading toward the team bus, she was met with a very special surprise.
Her father, Buck, greeted her with the home-run ball she belted over the left-field wall in her final collegiate at-bat. It was the brightest spot in the Aggies' 8-2 loss to UCLA in the Women's College World Series.
Staff members of the WCWS had retrieved the ball from the fan who caught it and exchanged it with another softball, Buck Massey said. As the game and A&M's softball season came to a close, Massey's parents were presented with the home-run ball, Buck Massey said.
The seventh-inning, pinch-hit homer was the fifth homer of Massey's career. The previous four were hit in 2015. This season, the senior had collected just two hits in four at-bats.
"Honestly, I didn't know what the bat was going to be like and I just went up there hacking and after that, I saw them jumping and I was like, 'Holy moley, it's out,'" she said. "I just got so excited with them."