This year, Seattle University’s baseball team experienced its best season of the program’s history. The team won 31 games and made it to the WAC championship series. After winning the first game of the series Seattle U unfortunately lost the next two, but there is plenty of optimism heading into next year as there are several players returning including junior pitcher Skylar Genger.
Genger led the team with 100 innings pitched and 120 strikeouts which ranked him seventh in the nation. He will be looking to build on that success as the team looks forward to next season.
“My goals for next season are pretty high,” Genger said. “We have the ability to go back and compete and win the WAC championship. With the players coming back, our talent level and recruiting has gotten so much better so we will be hunting for that title.”
Prior to playing baseball for Seattle U, Genger played Little League baseball in Kent, Washington. Growing up, he had the opportunity to play with and against several of his current teammates. He had also developed a relationship with Seattle U’s baseball coach from the time that he was 12 years old.
“Going to Seattle University seemed like a priority,” Genger said. “They don’t just care about your athletic ability but about your family life as well, and how you adjust. [They] were really good to not just be about being here to play sports but to be here to develop your whole person.”
Along with playing baseball, Genger is also studying management and is set to earn his degree at the end of next year. Following graduation, he is hoping to get into coaching.
“I have been talking with my coaches about the path they took to get into coaching,” Genger said. “It’s something I want to do to give back to the game.”
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Harrison Bucher is a business management and marketing major in his second year at Seattle University. This year he joined the Spectator as a writer. He enjoys writing, movies and sports.