Senior shortstop Tyler Schmidt helped Men’s Baseball reach the Liberty League Championship this past week, though his three hits on five at-bats were not enough to lift the ‘Jackets to victory. Schmidt had an impressive .318 batting average this season and led the team in double plays and fielding assists.
How did you get interested in baseball?
My parents sparked my interest in sports at a young age. Baseball was the one that I enjoyed the most because of the skill that was involved.
What have you enjoyed most about baseball at UR?
The relationships that I have created with my teammates. This is the closest group of people that I have ever been around. These are guys that I will keep in touch with long after graduation.
How have you grown as an athlete over the course of your collegiate career?
I have become a much smarter player. We play around 40 games per season, so the amount of time spent around the baseball field has made me a much better player, both physically and mentally.
What has been the highlight of your baseball career at UR?
Hosting the Liberty League playoffs this year after winning the regular season title.
What has been the most difficult aspect of being a varsity athlete?
It has to be managing your school work on top of playing a varsity sport. Your time-management skills are definitely put to the test.
Who has had the greatest impact on your playing career, and why?
My dad, he was my first coach and biggest fan. I can’t thank him enough for all of the time spent traveling to games and the batting practice.
What are your plans for next year?
I am graduating with a degree in data science. I will be pursuing a full-time position related to my major.
What advice would you give to an incoming first-year varsity athlete at UR?
Love the game that you play and make memories that will last a lifetime!
If you could choose anyone to give a speech at commencement, who
would you choose?
There are so many great speakers around the world. I would choose someone who could connect and relate to every student.