Day in the life of a QU baseball player

Tom Conzemius spends his days just like most student-athletes. Filled with studying, practice, recovery, and eating. Conzemius is a left handed pitcher for QU’s baseball team. The Deerfield, Illinois native is double majoring in Business Analytics and Marketing.

Conzemius started his Tuesday, February 22, 2022 around 8 a.m. in the morning. This gives him enough time to shower and get ready for the day. Once he is prepared to go, he and his roommate Dayne Sebranek head over to The Cafeteria for breakfast. Conzemius had a big appetite, while Sebranek ate a light meal. 

“I usually keep it easy in the morning because I’m not a big breakfast person, just a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee. Today was special though because Tom crushed a plate of eggs and two waffles. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Sebranek said. 

Once breakfast is over, Conzemius heads off to his first class of the day. From 9:30-10:45 a.m., Dr. Walker teaches Advanced Modeling Methods. This course is for business analytics majors. Students learn to build models on excel and complete computer simulations. Conzemius then has an analytics communication management class from 11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Now that classes are over for the day, Conzemius gets to have lunch. Later in the day Conzemius has a baseball scrimmage, so he eats his traditional sandwich from The Cafe

“White sub, turkey, salami, provolone, spinach, pickles and mayo. Please and thank you. I’ve been eating this sandwich on days I have to pitch live reps since I was a freshman. Some things never change, and this is my favorite part of the cafeteria so for some reason it just works for me,” Conzemius said.

After lunch, Conzemius heads back to his room in Willer Hall to decompress and get some homework done before the 4 p.m. scrimmage. Before any practice, Conzemius likes to get there early to stretch and warm up. He likes to use a foam roller for the legs and a lacrosse ball for his arm to really get everything loosened up. Afterwards, he gets a long static stretch in and uses plyometric balls to get his throwing arm ready. Conzemius had a solid pitching performance. Through 3 innings, he had 5 strikeouts and let up one walk. 

After the scrimmage all the pitchers hang out to do some post-game arm care. Conzemius likes to do another set of rolling out and using his plyometric balls. 

Dinner did not look particularly appetizing for Conzemius, so he decided to get a late night meal at The Cafe. Spicy chicken sandwich makes just about anyone at Quincy University happy. Following dinner, Conzemius makes sure all his homework is done for the day, plays a little bit of Pokémon, and heads to bed. 

“Today was a successful day. I am really happy with how I pitched and I was productive with my homework,” Conzemius said.

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