Lambert sophomore Kassidy Krupit committed to play softball for the University of Delaware. Krupit made the decision to head for the northeast, rather than play for her select choice of a Southeastern Conference school, after “falling in love” with the Newark campus. As it turns out, Delaware also coincidentally is a top school for Krupit's academic plans.
The decision to become a Blue Hen, over programs from bigger conferences, was a no-brainer.
“I already had a hunch going up there. After getting offered I looked into the school and found out it's actually the top school in the country for physical therapy,” Krupit, who plans to study the same subject in college, said. “But once I got to campus, everything just blew me away. It was amazing.”
Krupit also had interest from Georgia, Washington, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Auburn, Charleston, Mississippi State, Central Florida and Oregon State. She also got a call from Stanford two hours before she made her commitment Monday evening. By then it was too little, too late.
When asked what sold her on a Colonial Athletic Association school, rather than an SEC or Pac-12, Krupit said the welcoming environment, academic opportunities and prospects as a player were most preferable with Delaware.
“The coach said I'll be playing, pitching, fielding and hitting. I have to earn it, but I really like that he told me he's looking at me to do a lot of different things,” Krupit said.
Krupit was offered by Delaware's first-year head coach, John Seneca, after Seneca got a look at her during the Atlanta Legacy Showcase over the summer.
“He came out and watched me play, loved me and contacted my high school coach and told me to call him,” Krupit said. “I called coach Jon later that week and scheduled a visit with him, went on the visit and I absolutely fell in love with the campus, it was gorgeous and I met players on the softball team and they were very welcoming and super nice. They said they really would love me to be a part of the family.”
Krupit also spent the end of the summer representing the state of Georgia in the Premier Girls Fastpitch national title game as part of the Georgia Impact, where they finished runner-up to the Orange County Batbusters from California. She was also named all-region and all-county last season as a freshman.
Delaware had a winning season, finishing 30-23 and 6-14 in the Colonial Athletic Conference.
Out of all the things Krupit liked about the Delaware campus, she was most sold on her southern-friendly dining options.
“Their dining hall is brand new and ranked No. 1 on the east coast,” Krupit said. “They even had sweet tea.”