MINNEAPOLIS – GopherSports.com asked the tough questions of Minnesota’s nine rookies ahead of the 2018 spring season. Next up, we get to know Gopher freshman infielder Jacob Hitz by “circling the bases.”
Hailing from just south of the Twin Cities, the Prior Lake, Minnesota native excelled defensively on the diamond for the Prior Lake High School at both center field and shortstop. He ranked as the no. 15 overall prospect in the state according to Perfect Game and the no. 3 shortstop by Prep Baseball Report after earning an All-American Honorable Mention by Rawlings-Perfect Game in 2017. He also played four seasons for Twin Cities Baseball Academy and earned All-Conference honors as the starting quarterback for the Lakers.
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|Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Travis Scott
Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Book/Author: F. Scott. Fitzgerald
Favorite Actor or Actress: Jim Carrey
Favorite Restaurant: PF Chang’s
Favorite Game/Video Game: Call of Duty
Favorite Social Media or Website: Instagram
Favorite Professional Athlete: LeBron James
Favorite Professional Team: Minnesota Vikings/ Twins
Favorite Hobby (outside of sports): Bowling
Dream Vacation Spot: Bora Bora
Prized Possession: iPhone
Biggest Pet Peeve: people cracking their knuckles
Biggest Fear: snakes/drowning
First Job (and age): Which Wich, 17
Person You’d Like to Meet: Leonardo DiCaprio
Something You Never Leave Home Without: iPhone
Sport You’d Like to Try but Never Have: hockey
GopherSports.com Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
JH: “I chose the Minnesota because of the rich baseball culture and my relationship with the coaching staff.”
GS: When did you first start playing baseball and how did you get involved in the sport?
JH: “My first memories of playing baseball come from taking grounders and playing catch in the backyard with my dad. Ever since then, I have been playing baseball every chance I get.”
GS: What would you say is your biggest strength in your sport? What is an area of improvement?
JH: “My biggest strength has to be my athleticism and arm strength. An area of improvement that I focus on is my swing.”
GS: Do you have any game day rituals?
JH: “I like to get to the field early and listen to music loosen up before the game.”
GS: What is your most memorable moment of playing your sport?
JH: “Hitting my first homerun in travel ball.”
GS: Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career?
JH: “My dad has had the biggest influence on my athletic career because he encourages me to always work hard and stay positive.”
GS: Did you play any other sports besides baseball?
JH: “I also played football for Prior Lake.”
GS: What are you most looking forward to for this upcoming season?
JH: “I am looking forward to contributing in whatever way I can to help this team reach its goals. We have a lot of talent and good leaders on the team. I am excited to see how far we can go.”
GS: Do you have any advice for aspiring youth athletes?
JH: “Turn the PlayStation off, get your friends, and go throw the ball around or hit. Just enjoy the greatest game in the world every chance you get.
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