Freshman RHP Wil Jensen has begun his first year off strong and has earned the role as the Waves' Sunday starting pitcher. He speaks about being a first-year student-athlete on the baseball team and at Pepperdine, along with the challenges that come along with that:
Q: As a freshman, you came in and were immediately being put into a starting role. What has that been like?
A: It was definitely unexpected, but I have been super happy to have the chance to come in and show them what I have to offer, and hopefully I get the chance to continue to do so.
Q: What were the nerves like in the first couple outings, and how did you overcome them?
A: To be honest, I'm not sure if I truly overcame them, but rather I tried to use them as a motivating factor rather than a hindrance.
Q: How has the transition from high school to college been athletically?
A: With pitching, your
mistakes hurt you a whole lot more in college. If you miss your spot, the
hitters will really take advantage of you, where in high school, I had a little
more leeway with the mistakes that I made.
Q: Has the transition academically been as easy as athletically?
A: Pepperdine is
definitely a tough school academically. There is definitely way more work than
in high school, and the work is more vigorous. It is hard, but still fun at the
Q: As a freshman, you are obviously going to be here for at least a couple years. What are your goals for this year, your first in college baseball?
A: My goals this year as a
freshman are to keep my ERA below 5. I definitely think that is reasonable and
attainable. I also want to help the team make a regional, and then a Super
Regional as well.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Pepperdine to play baseball?
A: I chose Pepperdine for two very specific people: pitching coach Rolando Garza, and strength and conditioning coach Stew Gonzales. Those two individuals together made Pepperdine the best place for me to come and improve. Those two coaches along with the academic reputation of the school made it an easy choice.
Q: Being from Utah, what have been both the hardest and easiest parts of coming to school here?
A: When I first moved to college, I didn't think that being away from home was going to affect me as much as it does. Not being able to see family is tough. However, meeting the people that I have and making the personal growth has made coming to Pepperdine completely worth it.