March 11, 2008
Only 11 games into his freshman season, Troy Scott has established himself as the Huskies' regular first baseman. The lanky left-handed hitter from Auburn had, like many freshmen, a bit of a slow start. But, this past weekend in the series vs. Cal Poly, he began to show the form that made him the MVP of the South Puget Sound League last year, when he batted .600 at Auburn High School. In the three-game series, he went 5-for-9 at the plate, with two doubles, three runs batted in and his first college homer.
Gohuskies.com caught up with Scott today. Here's what he had to say:
gohuskies.com: What has been your impression of college baseball so far?
Scott: It's a little bit quicker. The first couple of weekends really flew by, those weekends on the road. That's new, being on the road. But it's fun.
gohuskies.com: Your stats would seem to indicate that you're getting comfortable at the plate. Is that how you see it as well?
Scott: Oh yeah. The first couple of weeks, I was just getting used to the new pitching, seeing all kinds of pitches. Now I'm getting comfortable.
gohuskies.com: Has the game slowed down for you?
Scott: Yes. The more you play, the easier it all gets.
gohuskies.com: What's your favorite thing about playing Husky baseball right now?
Scott: Finally doing well, I guess. But really, the whole team, all the guys are really cool.
gohuskies.com: Tell us about your first college home run last Friday?
Scott: I thought the wind was going to blow it back in. But it was really a weight lifted off. I started hitting after that.
gohuskies.com: Your brother Ryan is a catcher on the team, but he's three years older. Have you ever had the chance to play on the same team as him?
Scott: Actually, it's funny. Freshman year of high school, I was on JV and he was on varsity. So, we were thinking that was our last chance, because we didn't know that we'd both end up here. We thought we'd never be on the same team, but we used to always talk about it.
gohuskies.com: Has he been looking out for you, like a big brother?
Scott: He helps me through the mental parts of it. Like when I was struggling, he kept telling me, `you're going to hit. You're going to be okay.'
gohuskies.com: Was he being here a big part of you deciding to play at Washington?
Scott: It was a part, obviously. There's no better place to be than being with your brother and being on the same team.