Written by: Gracie Murray (women's basketball)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Savannah Lee (Lascassas, Tenn./ Oakland High School) is in her sophomore year at Birmingham-Southern College. She came in on fire last spring for the softball team, earning the Southern Athletic Association Newcomer of the Year award. Lee is studying business and hopes to go into sales after graduation.
She started at Birmingham-Southern as a biology major with a focus in pre-health, but realized quickly that she did not want to pursue a biology degree. She then shifted her focus in hopes of becoming a physical therapist. After a pre-health internship in a physical therapy clinic, Lee knew it was not for her and began to focus in sales for business.
"I know that I want to do something in sales whether it be in medical sales or transportation, I am not sure just yet," explained Lee. "My high school softball coach's husband does transportation sales and he reached out to me to have lunch with him and one of his colleagues. I found it interesting and it made me realize I wanted to do something in sales."
The summer before her junior year of high school was the first interaction Lee had with BSC. The softball coaches were recruiting her during her travel ball season. "I had originally planned on playing division one softball when I was in high school, but I decided to come on a visit to get one under my belt," said Lee. It was on her visit that Lee fell in love with Southern and got to experience the people and hear their stories of their experiences on the Hilltop.
"All the statistics and information I got on my visit was crazy and comparing that to a state school, I just saw myself being more successful here," she said. "I did come to BSC for softball, but I also had to consider academics. After college there is not anything for softball players to go and make any money in, so academics were a big deciding factor for me. This was definitely the school that had the best academics and stood out the most to me."
Lascassas, Tenn. is only about three hours from BSC, so Lee's parents come to games on the weekends when they can to her support. "We play a lot of weekday games so it is hard for them to get down here with work," said Lee. "But my whole family subscribed to the online streaming last season and watched all my games. This year we are actually traveling to Texas and they are planning on flying out to watch those games."
Family is an important aspect of life to Lee. One of her favorite childhood memories comes from one of their family trips that they often take. "I was maybe ten years old," she explained. "We wanted to do the Grand Canyon and all of those things. What makes it so funny is that this entire trip, my dad just had the worst luck. The very first day, he got really sick with food poisoning. And the very next day, he split his pants going horseback riding. Then towards the end of the trip, we ended up driving over boulders that had fallen into the road and we only had one spare tire with two flats. It was just a lot of bad luck for him."
Lee has many fond memories from those family trips, but said that that is always the one that gets reminisced over. She has traveled all over the south eastern region of the United States for softball tournaments, and has traveled abroad once in her life. Her family took a mission trip to the Dominican Republic to help build a church and bring a community filtered running water.
"I would encourage anyone to go," said Lee. It was such an amazing experience."
Lee helped the Panthers to a 2016 regular season conference championship wand was ranked nationally in eight different categories. She was also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Third Team, first-team all-conference first baseman, and a member of the SAA Academic Honor Roll.
She is not only an involved member on the field, but is she is active on campus as well. Lee is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and serves as the vice president of membership programming in her chapter. She is also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Sigma Alpha Pi, which is a national society of leadership and success; a member of the pre-physical therapy club; and serves as a member of the student athletic advisory committee.
What is your favorite food?
Mac & cheese.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite band?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people chew with their mouth open.
What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween. I love being a little kid and dressing up.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Somewhere with insanely clear water. I want to be able to see my feet through the water.
Are you a cat or dog person?
What is your favorite sports team?
Tennessee Vols and Auburn Tigers.
What is your favorite TV show?
What could you binge watch on Netflix?
That 70's Show.
Who would you drop everything for to see in concert?
Anything country or alternative.
What is your favorite room in your house?
Our bonus room. It's where we always had girl's night in and watched movies.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I want to travel to the seven wonders of the world, or at least see as many as I can.
What is the last book you read?
Where The Red Fern Grows. And I remember this because we were reading it in the car and we were all crying.