March 13, 2014
Junior outfielder Jackson Glines was named the Big Ten Baseball Player of the Week on Monday (March 10). Glines hit .529 (9-of-17) with six runs scored, five doubles, a triple and eight RBI in the six U-M contests. He also had a .667 on-base percentage and a .941 slugging percentage. Gilnes leads the team with a .369 batting average in 2014 and leads the conference in hits (24), doubles (8) and total bases (38). We asked Jackson about his hitting approach and his path from California to Michigan.
Q: Talk about your path from California to Michigan. When did you first receive interest from the coaches?
A: I was in a super regional my freshman year at Fresno City College. I hit a couple of triples and they saw me there. They were at Maryland at the time and they were there checking out one of our pitchers. Then they were here at Michigan so they checked me out again. They saw me, got a visit organized, and I ended up really enjoying it.
Q: You're off to a great start to the season. What has been your approach at the plate?
A: I'm more of a see ball, hit ball type of player. I'm basic. I'm a caveman. I just get in there, get comfortable, see the ball, and hit the ball. I don't think too much.
Q: What positives have you seen from the team in these first four weeks?
A: We're a bunch of grinders. We grind bats out, we grind pitches out. We're out there trying to win. Even though we've stumbled a little bit, we're still out there fighting. It's good to see. We're getting better, too. Good things are in the future.
Q: How excited were you to get the Big Ten Player of the Week and does that align with your personal goals?
A: It's nice to get recognized. Hard work pays off. I'd rather see Michigan get Team of the Week, though. It's kind of like a win-lose, as far as I'm concerned.
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