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Senior Profile: Stephen McSherry

SPORTS EDITOR

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 02:04

Photo by Michael Rezin

McSherry is leading the team in doubles this season with eleven two-baggers.

Photo by Michael Rezin

McSherry has stolen three bases this season on only four attempts this year.

Senior Stephen McSherry has been patrolling the outfield of Houlihan Park since joining the team as a freshman four seasons ago. In that time, McSherry has been a staple in the Rams’ offense, seeing significant playing time every year. During his career at Rose Hill, McSherry has been to the Atlantic 10 tournament two times, and the Rams are in position to make another run at the tournament this season. He compiled a .273 batting average this season, the third-best on the team, while also knocking in 20 runs.

 

The Ram: You recently had a nine-game hitting streak snapped. What was your mentality during it?

 

Stephen McSherry: I had been struggling before then, and I was just trying to simplify my swing. I had a couple of good at bats and then eventually the games just kind of strung together. I was just trying to go up there and get hits.

 

TR: A lot of players have some kind of superstition when they are going through a streak like that.

Did you do anything?

 

SM: No, not really. I’m not too superstitious so I didn’t really have anything.

 

TR: You led the team last season with six outfield assists, and you have six so far this season. How do you go about throwing out someone from the outfield?

 

SM: I just try to be accurate. It’s not all about strength, but the accuracy is the most important thing. I try to keep it on a line and put the ball in a place where the fielder can make a play on it. I’m focusing on not giving them an in-between hop while being accurate.

 

TR: There has been a lot of discussion this season about the dimensions of Houlihan Park. What is it like to play in an outfield where the gaps are so big?

 

SM: It’s pretty spacious and there is a lot of room out there. We just depend a lot on communication and knowing where each other will be. I have to always be aware of where I am in the field, but that can be hard since we don’t have any warning tracks. 

 

TR: You have switched your number a couple of times over your career. Why is that?

 

SM: I came in and the number I wanted, number nine, the number I wear now was not available. So I just took the lowest number that was available, which was 16. But once number nine opened back up, I asked our coach [former Head Coach Nick Restaino] if I could switch, and he said he didn’t mind.

 

TR: You have also played in a number of different jersey designs. Which one has been your favorite?

 

SM: I have really enjoyed the new camouflage jerseys that we just got this year.

 

TR: Since the jerseys were a part of the Wounded Warrior Project, did playing in a game with a special cause have an important meaning for you?

 

SM: I think it was a great cause and something that everyone enjoyed. Also, I have a brother in the military, so it was pretty special to be able to give something back to all the soldiers.

 

TR: The team has a losing record overall , but a winning conference record. How do you explain that?

 

SM: We just take it one game at a time. We may lose one game but we just got to keep staying positive. The conference games mean more because the postseason is on the line, so we get more fired up for those games.

 

TR: You’ve seen a lot of playing time for the Rams. What has it been like to play so much during your time here?

 

SM: I love it. Sometimes you wake up and you’re sore and tired. You wonder what it’s like to be a regular student, but it’s been great to play a game that I’ve been playing since I was six years old, make so many new friends and have so many memories. I’m going to miss it.

 

TR: What has been your favorite memory of all the games you’ve played at Fordham?

 

SM: Making the A-10 tournament twice was great. We played in a minor league stadium in Dayton my freshman year and an independent team stadium my junior year. It’s exhilarating and exciting to play the top notch competition with a spot to the College World Series on the line.

 

TR: What are your plans for after graduation?

 

SM: I will be interning at Ernst and Young this summer and then I’m going to the graduate school of business at Lincoln Center.

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