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|Guidroz goes to bat for Tigers|
Mallory Guidroz described her second semester as a sophomore at LSU as simply as she could.
"Classes, classes, classes and work," she said.
Guidroz certainly doesn't have a lot of free time as a student while also working at the law firm of May and Blaize in Baton Rouge.
But it doesn't end there. Guidroz also spent time as an LSU batgirl.
"I saw it posted and decided to put in an application," said Guidroz, who was one of about 100 applying with only 60 being interviewed. "A couple of weeks later they contacted me for an interview. They ask some strange questions, such as if you were a concession stand food, what would you be. I put nachos. I really don't know why."
Guidroz was originally listed as an alternate.
"They ended up needing 33 instead of 30 and asked if I was still interested," Guidroz said. "I went to the first batgirl meeting and was told what we would be doing and picked up my uniform."
Guidroz, who posted a 3.5 grade point average this past semester, found out the position of batgirl is more than just picking up bats.
"Our main purpose is marketing," Guidroz said. "We sell baseball programs and volunteer for promotions. I attended and helped out with a first-pitch banquet in which baseball supporters pay a certain amount of money to meet and have dinner with the players of the team."
On the field, batgirls retrieve bats and balls and supply the umpires with water.
"The umpires are really nice," Guidroz said. "I didn't realize they are from all over the country. I met some from Minnesota and Washington."
Guidroz is the second straight Vidalia girl to serve as an LSU batgirl. Aubrie LaSyone served in that position last year.
Guidroz said the fun part of the job is the games.
"We'll work one game out of a weekend series and every couple of weeks work a game on Tuesday or Wednesday," she said. "It's interesting and really fun being right there on the field and seeing how everything works and how the coaches talk to one another. When I worked for the home team I was right there with Coach (Paul) Mainieri. He does a great job of encouraging the players. I've never seen him yell at a player or raise his voice. He'll run out and tell them good job when they do something good and then talk to them and offer suggestions or build them back up when they do something bad, which I think is cool.
Guidroz said it was frustrating during the losing streak before the Tigers regrouped to win the SEC Tournament title. LSU is headed to the UCLA Regional.
"It wasn't that anybody wasn't trying, because they were all playing hard," she said. "I think it got a bit discouraging when things didn't go right. But none of the players were getting on other players. It was tough after a game because some people were highly upset in the stands. But there were never any arguments among the players."
Guidroz said she was surprised to find out how many new friends she would make as a batgirl.
"I didn't realize I would get to know as many girls as I have," she said. "I've got four girls I consider best friends now. I didn't realize the type of bond we would form doing this."
Guidroz said it is also great to be working with players who she knows will one day play professional baseball.
"I knew Buzzy Haydel and Blake Dean previously through a friend," she said. "I'll see Blake in the bullpen and he will speak. That's pretty cool having people know you who are going to be big one day."
Guidroz said she hopes to serve as a batgirl for the Tigers her junior year, as well.
"I have to see how my classes lay out," she said. 'It's very time-consuming. Each game you have to put in about five hours and then have a meeting once a week that lasts about an hour. We also have office work. That's the only setback. But I certainly plan on being back."
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