Oklahoma baseball: Decision to stick with OU worked out for Big 12 Freshman of the Year Sheldon Neuse

The freshman from Fort Worth hit .290 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs, led the Big 12 with seven triples and finished second in the league with 117 total bases.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 19, 2014


photo - OU's Sheldon Neuse watches after hitting a pop fly during a Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU's Sheldon Neuse watches after hitting a pop fly during a Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“Once I slowed the game down, it was like any other thing that I’ve done — any other ball that I’ve played,” Neuse said. “The biggest thing was just getting out there and attacking the baseball instead of letting the ball attack you.

“When that pitcher’s in control, it’s really hard to hit. It’s really hard to do to begin with and even harder when you’re letting the guy on the mound attack you.”

Even with his successes this year, Neuse is already thinking ahead to what he needs to improve on his game next year.

At the top of that list is defense.

“My footwork defensively,” Neuse said when asked about his top priority over the offseason. “I want to get back to the middle of the field and be the starting shortstop next year.”

Neuse hadn’t played third until he arrived in Norman.

There’s also plenty of room to improve on the offensive end, in his eyes at least.

“I’m going to get in and I’m going to work on my offspeed pitches, staying a little bit more to the middle of the field,” Neuse said. “I felt like I got away from that this year but the biggest thing for me is just getting my footwork and trying to get back to the middle of the field defensively.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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