By Trevor McClain
tmcclain@my.madonna.edu

For the love of the game, senior pitcher Robert Fraser continues to play for the Madonna University baseball team after suffering a season-ending injury to his labrum last year.

“I battled through all of my injuries and continued to play baseball mainly because I love baseball,”
said Fraser. “I come from a family that loves baseball, and I came to college to play baseball.”

Knowing that the injury might have ended his career, Fraser worked the entire offseason to be able to pitch once again in his senior year.

“Many people get injured in this sport and it just depends on what kind of will power you have to keep going,” said Fraser. “When my injury occurred I had the choice of calling it quits and be happy that I got two healthy years in college baseball, or I could get the surgery in hopes that I could come back and be able to play up to my potential for the next three years. I chose to get the surgery and keep doing what I came here to do.”

Since his surgery, Fraser has been able to start two games during the team’s spring break trip in Florida. He has posted eight strikeouts and took the win in one of his starts.

“He is the kind of teammate that will do anything for another,” said Austin Delmotte, a fellow senior pitcher. “He isn’t the loudest but people look up to him because of how he carries himself and how he treats everyone on the team.”

But while Fraser had to take some time off to rehab his injury, Fraser didn’t forget why he was there.

“These five years have flown by,” said Fraser. “It only feels like I have been here for two but there are memories from each year I will remember.”

Since Fraser’s injury occurred early in the season last year, he was able to medically redshirt and save a year of eligibility and return for a fifth season.

“The coaching staff has helped me continue my career through many things,” said Fraser. “They always gave me an opportunity to show them what I had, even my freshman year. The year that I injured my arm, they still gave me the chance to pitch if I told them I wanted to.”

After battling back from injuries, Fraser will be looked at as a starting pitcher and also a pitcher who can come out of the bullpen in relief.

Through his five seasons at Madonna, Fraser has been working on his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and will graduate this May.

“Part of baseball is having fun. It’s a fun game and when you play hard and have fun, memorable things happen,” said Fraser. “I am just looking forward to having fun, playing hard and winning some ball games my last year in this school and hopefully leave with a few more memories to look back on and put a smile on my face.”

Fraser and the Madonna baseball team will continue through its 2013 season, you can follow the team by logging onto www.madonnacrusaders.com

 

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