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Bruin Profile - Julie Hoshizaki
By: UCLA Athletics

May 1, 2002





Julie Hoshizaki



Sport: Softball

Year: Sophomore

Position: Second Baseman/Utility

Hometown: Cerritos, CA

High School: Cerritos HS

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How old were you when you first started playing softball?
5

Name your favorite former UCLA player and why:
Karen Hoshizaki - even though she wasn't a superstar, she contributed to the team chemistry with her leadership and humorous personality

Who inspired you to play softball?
My sister Karen, who I watched when I was two-years old. I couldn't wait to play like her.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career?
The day I saw my nameplate above my locker and realized I was a part of UCLA tradition

What was your favorite moment of last season?
When Stacey (Nuveman) hit a home run and "waved" the ball out with her hand.

Where was the toughest place you've played?
Oklahoma in the summer - the heat and humidity are so bad that your whole uniform is drenched

If you could be a professional athlete in any other sport other than your own, who would you be and why?
Mary-Frances Monroe (soccer) because I admire her passion and ability to overcome adversity. She shows "It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog." She has a big heart.

What was your favorite sport other than softball?
Soccer

Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
On the road everyone in our van has to have a Creme Saver on the way to the game.

What was your most embarrassing moment in a game?
When I ran on the field to pinch run and coach yelled "No, not you - E-Rahn!"

If you could change anything about your sport, what would you change?
Pinch runners should be able to run more than once

I chose my uniform number (#13) because:
My first choice #12 was taken, so I picked the closest number available. Plus, it is the forbidden number that everyone is afraid of.

If you could give advice to a young softball player, what would it be?
If you ever feel pressure, so does the other team. Confidence is key.

What is the one movie you must have in your movie collection?
Dumb and Dumber

What is the TV show you can't miss?
Dawson's Creek

If you could be a character on any TV show, who would it be?
Phoebe on Friends

What celebrity do you admire most?
Oprah

What is the last CD you bought?
Rocky Steady by No Doubt

What is your favorite place on campus?
Powell Library couches

What class at UCLA have you liked best?
Psychology 127 - Abnormal Psychology with Bruce Baker

What is your favorite book?
Green Eggs and Ham

If you could meet any person living or dead, who would it be and why?
Sandra Bullock - I think we have great best friend potential.

If you could have superpowers, what would they be?
I would want to read minds because sometimes I just wonder why people act so crazy.

If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
To win a national championship

If you could know the answer to one question, what would that question be?
Is there life on other planets?

What is your nickname?
Saki or Saki-Bomb

If you could have one last meal, what would it be?
Anything my mom cooks

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

If you could invite someone famous over to dinner, who would it be and what would you be eating?
John Wooden - carbo-load with pasta

What would you never be caught dead wearing?
A mini-skirt

What is your worst fear?
Waking up with no arms or legs

What is your worst habit?
Eating when I'm not hungry

What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I thought I could smash an aluminum can on my forehead and discovered I was wrong.

What is your favorite color?
Greenish-blue

What is your pet peeve?
Girls who giggle excessively in front of boys

What phrase or word do you use way too much?
"Dude"

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Being the first girl picked for kickball.


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