April 24, 2014
Sophomore IF/OF/RHP Jacob Cronenworth was recognized for his strong season on the mound on Wednesday as he was named to the NCBWA Mid-Season Stopper of the Year watch list. Cronenworth currently is 2-2 with a 1.96 earned-run average and eight saves in 12 appearances to go along with four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 18 runs batted in at the dish. Cronenworth chats about being named to the list, coming back from injury and preparing to pitch while still being in the lineup.
Q: You were named to the NCBWA Mid-Season Stopper of the Year watch list yesterday. How does it feel to be recognized as one of the best closers in the country?
A: It feels good. I didn't honestly expect to be named to it this year, and even last year, I didn't even expect to be a closer coming into college. I thought it was pretty cool and was looking who was on there. My buddy from high school, Joel Seddon, he goes to South Carolina and is on there too, so I saw that and it was awesome.
Q: How do you like late in games where you're playing either left field or second base, batting and warming up to pitch? Does it get chaotic or do you like that?
A: It's definitely chaotic at times, but using the mental game stuff that we have learned really helps. It kind of settles things down when I go to warm up, and knowing when I have to pitch.
Q: What have been the differences that you've seen from your freshman to sophomore seasons?
A: I think obviously everybody knows how to pitch you now since it's your sophomore year, so everybody is pitching you differently than last year. Even what to expect out of yourself during the game, last year was like a coin toss when I was going to go warm up to come in and close. This year I know once it hits the sixth inning I need to get a little warmed up before I get out.
Q: How tough was it to come back from your injury and have that summer and fall away from baseball? Also, what did you learn from that?
A: It was definitely frustrating. I wanted to play the whole fall and do all the stuff with the team, but I couldn't, so I had to sit there and be patient. I think that was the biggest key was patience, and I think it has helped out. I never expected to come back with this much strength and be as effective as I have been this whole season.
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