Redshirting the 2003 season was not an easy pill to swallow for Ohio State hurler Trey Fausnaugh. However, a year away from baseball does not compare to Fausnaugh’s experience this summer when he played in the Northwoods Division in Thunder Bay, Ontario. During his stint in Canada, Fausnaugh lived with a host family and was forced to adapt to a new culture in the hopes of gaining more experience for his 2004 college season. Whether his stint in Canada has improved his game from a year ago has yet to be seen, however one thing is for certain, Fausnaugh has a love for the game.
Last season you redshirted during your freshman season, do you think it was a good thing for you to sit out a year in order to make the transition from high school to college?
“I got a lot of experience watching other guys on the team and how they dealt with certain situations that came up, but at the same time I came in wanting to play. I think this season I am still a little rusty just because of the fact I did not get any game experience and that is a situation that you can’t simulate.”
Do your parents get the chance to come watch you play at all?
“My parents are my biggest fans, they come out to the ballpark whenever possible. I have two younger brothers who play baseball so they practically live at the ballpark.”
Talk about your experience playing with the Thunder Bay BorderCats during the summer?
“Thunder Bay is about 15 minutes into Canada. The team that I played with in the summer plays in a league called the Northwoods League and when I decided to play this summer they said I would be playing in Wisconsin. I would come to find out that the team actually played in Ontario Bay, Canada, which at the time was pretty surprising. I lived with a host family up there and it was a lot of fun.”
What was it like living in Canada?
“It was defiantly an experience living up in Canada. Their customs are different from those in the United States and I think that is what made it such a great opportunity.”
As a star three-sport athlete in high school what made you stick with baseball?
“Baseball has always been my favorite and it has been the sport that I have excelled in the most, but basically I just did not have the size for football or basketball.”
Do you have any pregame rituals that you go through before you take the mound?
“This is the first-year I have not been a starter. When I was a starter I always had a ritual I went through 45 minutes to an hour before the game began. This year being a reliever, I stay focused all the time because you never know when you will be called to go pitch.”
Is it tougher coming out of the bullpen or starting the game?
“For me it is a lot tougher to come out of the bullpen because I have always been a starter and it is hard mentally not knowing when you are going to take the mound. When you come out of the bullpen you never have an off day and you always have to be ready to go out there and pitch.”
Do you have any superstitions?
“I used to have a few when I played in high school, but now I don’t really have any.”
How do you think you season has gone so far?
“I had high expectations coming into this season and I started off the season pitching well when we were down South, but basically I just want to be able to help the team in any way I can.”
What was your first impression pitching in front of the home fans at Ohio State?
“It was awesome. It’s one of those things that you will always remember.”
What was it like to play at Minute Maid in Park in Houston?
“I could not imagine a better place to start a season. Playing in Minute Maid Park against one of the best teams in the country was a great experience.”
What baseball player did you look up to when you were growing up?
“Nolan Ryan was always someone I always looked up to. He is the type of guy that I try to imitate on and off the field. I think he is a classy character who performs the same way on the field that he does off the field.”
What are some of the goals that you have this season?
“My goal is to be consistent whenever I take the mound and keep us in the game or help keep a led.”
What is the toughest thing about being a student-athlete at Ohio State?
“The toughest thing for me is time management. Just trying to get all your work done for class and still meeting all of your requirements for baseball is a tough thing to handle from time to time.”
What is one thing that you have enjoyed most about playing baseball at Ohio State?
“The people I have met here is the thing I have enjoyed most about Ohio State. They are all great people to be around and they are people that I could see myself talking to years down the road not just while I am in college.”
What do you like to do when you are not playing baseball?
“I grew up in the country so whenever I’m not busy with school or baseball I just like to get back out into the countryside and relax.”