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CP native Schroeder shines at Lewis University

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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:58AM



Lewis University senior Michael Schroeder doesn’t shy away from admitting a flaw in his game.

The first baseman from Crown Point is a streaky player, an issue he tries his best to limit.

“I’m trying to get those streaks to go away,” Schroeder said with a laugh. “In batting practice or in the on-deck circle, it’s just about that mindset and getting that feel.”

Judging by his performances lately, Schroeder is certainly on the right track. On April 15, he was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week, the second time he was awarded the honor this season.

For Lewis coach Tim McDonough, his senior’s streaks have been anything but an issue for a simple reason; the good outweighs the bad.

“Mike has been here for two years, and that’s the case with his streakiness, a little bad, a little good,” McDonough said. “The fortunate thing is that he’s streaky good a lot more.”

In earning the conference honors for a second time this season, Schroeder went a sizzling 10-for-14 at the dish over three games with a two-run home run, two doubles, five RBI and eight runs scored. The senior’s effort helped Lewis complete the sweep of host Kentucky Wesleyan, the Flyers winning 15-1, 7-3 and 14-9.

He went 4-for-4 in the final game of the series.

Schroeder credited some extra time with Lewis hitting coach John Drahos for getting things righted at the plate. The duo didn’t fix any huge glitch in his swing or make any major adjustments. They just got back to basics.

“We worked on discipline at the plate like when I was hitting well at the beginning of the season,” Schroeder said. “I was too anxious and wasn’t looking for my pitch, but the pitcher’s pitch. I was hitting to second base a lot, not spraying the ball to left center like I’m supposed to. It was all about timing and my approach.”

Coming into this weekend, through 33 games played, Schroeder is hitting .349 with five homers, 32 RBI and 25 runs. He hasn’t done his damage at the plate alone though. On the mound, in seven starts, he has a 4-2 record with a 2.79 ERA. He has 32 strikeouts and six walks.

Balancing out the hitting and pitching has become second nature for Schroeder.

“It gives you a lot of confidence because with pitching and hitting, they both tap into the mental aspect of the game so much,” Schroeder said. “I’ve been doing both since I was little so I’m used to it. I’m a huge competitor, and I love competing wherever it is.”

Playing both ways has definitely helped McDonough’s cause filling out a lineup and setting up a rotation from week to week.

“It helps because Mike is such a quality player at both ends,” McDonough said. “He’s an all-conference pitcher and first baseman. That’s a rare combination, especially at the high level he plays. It will be tough to replace him next year.”

For now though, he remains focused on finishing his senior year strong.

“Everything has been clicking for us,” Schroeder said. “The bottom of the lineup has been hitting well and getting around to the top of the order. Small ball has been working for us. I got back to basics and what I know works to gain that confidence. It feels good to be back.”

Schroeder transferred to Lewis from Triton College in River Grove, Ill., following his sophomore season. He graduated from North Newton High School.



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