April 29, 2002
The experience of attending college is to find out what it takes to be successful in today’s world. Through both baseball and academics, co-captain Lance Rolston has come to the conclusion that hard work and dedication are the keys to success.
Coming into this season, Rolston set a goal to do whatever it would take to help the Buckeyes defend their 2001 Big Ten title. With an impressive 2001 campaign that included playing in 33 games with 14 starts, Rolston compiled a .354 batting average and batted in 11 runs, disguising himself as one of the most feared pinch hitters throughout the Big Ten.
At the end of the 2001 season, Rolston decided to participate in a summer baseball league. He believed his participation would help increase his production at the plate and improve his skills in the field. The college developmental league took place in Minnesota and put players through a grueling schedule of 64 games in 67 days.
Participating in summer ball in Minnesota gave Rolston an opportunity to see time in the outfield, putting him in line to make significant contributions for the Buckeyes this season in the outfield where he has seen considerable time this year.
Rolston is batting .276 with 15 RBI. Of his 21 hits, including three home runs, seven have been for extra bases. While his numbers are down somewhat this season, his dedication and work ethic are not.
Being a student-athlete at Ohio State is not an easy job, Rolston said. An average day for him begins when he gets out of bed at 7:30 a.m., which any college student can attest is a chore in itself. He then goes to class from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.
When classes end each day, Rolston’s focus turns to baseball when he lifts weights and practices until about 5 p.m., with the rest of the day being used for studying.
Rolston has another year of eligibility left for the Buckeyes. He plans on returning to the squad next year provided he can stay healthy and still make a difference in the lineup. His plans after graduation consist of utilizing his knowledge in sports management and possibly becoming an athletics director or directing special events. His ultimate dream would be to become the General Manager for the New York Yankees and work for George Steinbrenner despite the fact he has been a life long Atlanta Braves fan.
With Rolston’s work ethic on and off the field the future looks bright for himself and the Buckeyes, who will certainly have the advantage come tournament time.