LYNCHBURG, Va. – Two months in to the NCAA baseball season and College Baseball Central has another feature spotlight to shine. This time Liberty University baseball junior infielder Ryan Seiz (Perkasie, Pa. / Christopher Dock HS), turns our watchful eye. Seiz is crash colliding with baseballs at the dish this year with authority.
The 6 feet 1 inch 225 pound senior leads the Flames in batting (.442), hits (49), and runs (31), in addition to home runs (7) and doubles (14). His 27 RBIs is one behind the leader (Alex Close, Hoover, Ala.), and his .741 slugging percentage is team leading furthermore.
“One of the main things that I have been really focusing on right now is just staying within myself,” Seiz responded when asked what’s clicking. “I have been hitting in the zone as well, I used to have a problem with swinging out of the zone and this year I’ve been able to stay patient and let pitchers come to me, instead of me going after them.”
Being a devout Christian, Seiz gives the glory to God and somehow things on and off the field are in gear. The former two year Louisville Cardinal hits from both sides of the plate, and has produced per capita. Seiz played two years at Louisville before he realized his calling was at Liberty.
“I found the Lord when I came to Liberty, and the whole switch hitting thing has been nice,” the former Under Armour Preseason All-American added. “I get flip-flopped probably twice a game, and I have been able to adjust well and not try to do too much with the ball.”
The Flames have been moving around the college baseball landscape undetected for the most part. However, if you look at what they are doing and listen to the conviction coming from these Liberty voices, there is hint of calling associated with this program. Liberty baseball brandishes a 22-8 record and is dominating in whatever situation you place them in. On the road they’re 12-3, on a neutral field they’re 3-2, in the conference they’re an opposing 8-1. They are about to set off some alarms.
“It’s awesome,” Seiz exclaimed. “Our whole lineup, I mean up and down the lineup, we can hit the ball out, and we’ve got some scary pop in the lineup. It’s great to have the guys around me that I do. “
In college baseball the emphasis placed by coaches to have a solid approach to hitting at the plate, is extraordinary. Of course emphasis is placed in all areas, nevertheless, if you apply the right approach to an at-bat runs get on the board. Seiz explained his approach.
“I kind of take an approach similar to the one Chipper Jones had,” Seiz explained. “I will just sit at the plate, one pitch dead red, and then not swing until I get it. If I see something different I have been able to react to it well.”
Seiz and the Flames head into a three game series at home against Virginia Military Institute April 4 – 6. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 3 Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EDT..