Feb. 25, 2014
Junior utility player Kyle Jusick is off to a hot start at the plate. The Portage, Mich., native is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with four runs scored and four runs batted in in seven games. He also has a hit in all seven of Michigan's games this season. We asked Kyle about the beginning of the season, his summer workouts and if he plans on toeing the rubber this season.
Q: You're off to a hot start this season. What has been your approach at the plate?
A: I think it's just an accumulation of the approaches we've had with coach. I think we've been very prepared so far, and I think it's just really the approaches we taken so far, that execution, and that's been able to help me.
Q: What did you work on over the summer?
A: This summer I stayed in Ann Arbor and worked a lot with (strength and conditioning) coach (Jason) Cole, getting stronger so I could continue to possibly hit for more power and improve my swing. I spent a lot of time in the cage, and I think eventually I just got stronger.
Q: Your position on the roster is a utility and you never know if you're going to play in the outfield, first base or be the designated hitter on a certain day. Is there a different mindset going into playing each position?
A: I feel like I usually get a gauge of where I'm playing kind of the night before, so I'm able to prepare with that. But honestly, as long as I'm in the lineup and able to help this team, it doesn't really matter where I'm at, whether it's left field, first base, DH, as long as I can help that's fine with me.
Q: Describe your recruiting process and have you always wanted to be a Michigan Wolverine?
A: Ever since I was a little kid, I always knew I wanted to come here. I had gone to Michigan football games since I was a little kid so it was always my dream school, and then my senior year in high school, I was pretty late in the process and I really started getting recruited hard by the previous coaching staff. Then, once I got the opportunity to come here, it was a very easy decision to make.
Q: You can pitch as well. Have you ever talked to (pitching coach) Sean Kenny about coming in for a couple of batters?
A: Well, we tried that out a little bit last year, but I think those days are over with, those are in the past.
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