Both were student-athletes at Azusa Pacific University, as he was on the baseball team and she was on the basketball team.
Following her team banquet during her senior season, Alyssa returned to her apartment with Stephen to get some homework done -- though he had a different plan in mind.
Says Alyssa: "We walk into my apartment to see the entire living room cleared out. He had his teammates set up a zigzag path of rose petals and tealight candles with four art easels set up at the end of each turn of the walkway. There were a dozen roses underneath each easel and a picture on each easel. Stephen proceeded to explain why each picture was special and the moment that it represented in our relationship."
There was one final picture at the end of the walkway:
"It was covered and surrounded by a semi-circle of candles and vases with roses," Alyssa remembers. "He told me to close my eyes, and I opened them to find a blown-up picture of the ring revealed and Stephen down on one knee. He proposed, I said yes, then he had an area set up as a dance floor on the other side of the room. We danced to Lonestar's "Amazed" and then sat down on the floor and reflected for about 45 minutes.
"Stephen had arranged for all of our friends to show up at my apartment and we immediately had an engagement party that night. Truly a romantic night I will remember forever."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.