Pogue using first season at Texas Lutheran as learning experience
By Keith Sparks
In spring 2018, Garrett Pogue was on the mound for the Panther baseball team. This spring, he was on the mound for the Texas Lutheran University Bulldogs.
After a year of college baseball under his belt, Pogue is as motivated as ever, feeling like he’s significantly improved his control as a pitcher. His freshman season came with its lumps, however, which he’s turning into learning experiences.
“Definitely the hitting,” Pogue said. “I definitely threw pitches in college in spots that I could get guys out on, but in college, they would hit those pitches, so I had to adjust.”
As far as life away from baseball was concerned, Pogue said the transition from high school to college was easy. A big part of that, he said, was Texas Lutheran’s small class sizes that allowed him to get to know his professors on a more personal level – an advantage that isn’t typically offered at larger schools.
“All the guys made it real easy, made it an easy transition from high school to college,” Pogue said. “School was easy. Small classes, kind of like just being in high school. You get to know your teachers and everything.”
Many freshman athletes struggle to balance the workload of being a college athlete and a university student, but Pogue said his schedule made things relatively easy, all things considered.
“In the spring semester, we’d take all of our classes in the first half of the day, then we’d have practice right after that at 3 p.m.,” Pogue said, “so normally I would go to class and I wouldn’t start studying until after practice, so it was basically just go to class, go to practice, then after practice, around 6 p.m. study. I’d have later classes, so I could stay up a little longer studying and stuff like that, so I’d pretty much do all my schoolwork toward the end of the day.”
Socially, Pogue said being on the baseball team made the move from Liberty Hill to Seguin an easy one. In fact, Pogue already knew a handful of his baseball teammates before stepping foot on campus.
“Being on the baseball team definitely helped,” Pogue said. “I made so many new friends, but I actually did know my roommate and a couple other people that I played baseball with before, so that was helpful.”
Although he only saw action in a few games this season, which is par for the course for freshmen, Pogue hopes that a dedicated offseason will earn him a few more appearances on the mound as a sophomore.
The TLU Bulldog baseball team went 31-14 in 2019, making it all the way to the Regional Tournament before being bounced by Trinity University.