As a student athlete at the University of Florida, Ensley Gammel is not only competing at a high level on the field, but also in the classroom. A star player on the Gator softball team, the senior knows a thing or two about competing. Last season, Gammel was named to the 2012 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll for her work in the classroom. In April 2010, she was named SEC USA Softball National Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week. Gammel made the move from Bakersfield, Cal., to Gainesville after graduating from Centennial High School in 2009. Even though she’s been here close to four years, Gammel still misses home from time to time.
Ensley has done a lot of growing at Florida. As a freshman, she appeared in 29 games, 46 as a sophomore, and 60 last season. This year as a senior, she hopes to help the younger girls grow as well. Gammel enjoys watching the team’s younger girls learn and develop their skills. She tries her best to be a good role model for the underclassmen and hopes they turn to her when looking for guidance.
“I like to lead by example and also just try to be their friend,” Gammel said. “Everybody likes to have a friend, somebody they can come and talk to, or hang out with. That’s kind of my role.”
There’s a higher level of competitiveness required in order to be a Division I athlete. For Gammel, there’s no question what she wants to accomplish this year. She wants to compete as an elite athlete and be part of a team which excels on and off the diamond.
“We want to go out and just give it 100% every game and leave nothing behind,” Gammel said. “Our goal is to go out and win every game, one game at a time.”
Gammel has the ambition and dedication needed to help guide her team to success, and with the season quickly approaching, her and the rest of the team are getting excited. Florida’s first pitch of the softball season will take place on Feb. 8 in Tempe, Ariz., when the Gators will travel to play Creighton, Oregon, Cal State Northridge, Cal, and Arizona.