Vogelbach having successful freshman campaign
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 23:03
While any freshman can have trouble adjusting to life in college, Chase Vogelbach is thriving in his first season of Marshall University baseball.
Vogelbach was born in Charleston, W.Va. near one of the team’s home parks, Appalachian Power Park. He later moved to Florida where he finished up his high school career at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. He batted .398 and helped the school win the district championship.
This season, Vogelbach, who plays in left field, is batting .327 through the team’s first 14 games, which ranks third on the team. He is also third on the team in hits, with 16.
Vogelbach said the transition from high school to college has been a challenge, but playing a game he loves has helped.
“It was kind of hard at first because I was a little nervous about the transition,” Vogelbach said. “Once I got going and got the first game under my belt, I was fine. I just get to play the game I love. The hardest part is probably being away all the time.”
The team has certainly been on the road for many games early on in the season. Since Feb. 15, when the season started, Marshall’s baseball team has been on the road for 16 games, not including travel days.
Vogelbach said working on classwork can be tough on the road, especially when compared to the workload from high school.
“Yeah, college is definitely harder, but during the season you have to just stay focused and work on some work at the hotels and do that,” Vogelbach said. “Even though you’d just like to hang out with the team, if you don’t do your work, you’re going to have a hard time.”
Vogelbach’s senior teammate, pitcher Terrence Moore, said newcomers get to experience pressure they might face during the season throughout the fall semester.
“I think that the freshmen get a good look in the fall and they get used to it, and our coaches do a good job of keeping the pressure on us,” Moore said. “We almost get more pressure in the fall so that we can learn how to play in the spring.”
Moore also said the team is always ready to help the freshmen or first year transfer players with big and small issues.
“We’re always there for the freshmen, to give them a heads up on the little things like going to the hotel on the road and how to act there,” Moore said. “It’s always fun to show these guys the experience of playing at these new stadiums, but it’s almost easy because they’re our friends.”
The team’s leadership has helped make Vogelbach one of the leading statistical players this season.
Through the team’s first 14 games, one thing looks clear for Marshall’s baseball team: Chase Vogelbach might be a freshman on the roster, but he does not look like one on the field.
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