Prep Baseball Report

Inside the Recruitment: '16 2B Tyler Roushia commits to Adrian

Tyler Roushia, 2B, Bryan HS, Class of 2016

PBR: Why did you choose Adrian?

Roushia: One of the most attractive things at Adrian is that I can major in Business Administration, with a minor in Sports Management, and get my Master’s degree in five years in Sports Administration. Not only can I save money, but I can continue the game I love, baseball. Adrian’s baseball program is a winning program and I felt like I would fit in well there. They have very impressive athletic facilities that compare to, or are even better than some Division 1 schools. I also believe I will receive a quality education while at a smaller private college. It is also very close to home, so my family can come and watch me play more often.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Roushia: I was also considering the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

PBR: Where did Adrian first see you? How did your relationship develop with the coaching staff?

Roushia: Coach McLaughlin first saw me at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati during a Cincinnati Flames Tournament. Coach Rainey then saw me during a game at Springfield High School in the Black Swamp Tournament. I received an email from the coaches and then we proceeded to talk on the phone a few times. After that, I visited campus and we continued to communicate about once a week with a few more trips to campus.

PBR: What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?

Roushia: Coach Rainey expects me to come in and compete for playing time right away at either a middle infield position or corner outfield.

PBR: What summer team do you play on and how has travel baseball helped your development as a player?

Roushia: I play for the Lima Locos Express. Travel baseball has really helped me develop into a better player by playing in tournaments filled with talent. It helped me realize that the talent levels are totally different than high school baseball. Travel ball has challenged me to be more of a utility type player, to find a spot in the lineup.

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?

Roushia: Bob Wisler really taught me how to work hard at every aspect of the game. He taught me how to be self disciplined and to push myself. Kris Thacker also has had a huge impact on me. He has been a great role model not only as a coach, but as a father-figure.  

PBR: What were your stats last spring?

Roushia: BA .381  OBP .519  Runs 17  RBIs 6  SB 4  QAB% 59.26  F% 1.000

PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher that you have faced?

Roushia: Shay Smiddy, Louisville Commit, out of Defiance High School. He can throw a high 80s fastball, with a plus plus curveball, and a plus changeup.