Thursday's Conversation With Nevada's Kewby Meyer
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Welcome to Thursday’s Conversation. Each week, one Mountain West student-athlete will be featured by answering a series of questions.
Joining the conversation this week is Nevada’s Kewby Meyer. The senior from Waipahu, Hawai‘i, is a starting outfielder on the Wolf Pack baseball team. Meyer, a 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America and 2014 first-team All-Mountain West honoree, is batting .347 this season with six home runs and 50 RBIs.
Meyer and the Wolf Pack clinched Nevada’s first-ever Mountain West championship last week with a 14-9, 10-inning win at New Mexico on May 3. Nevada, host of the 2015 MW Baseball Championship, clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament with the victory.
Question: Your win on Sunday was a historic one, not only for the baseball team but for the entire university as the team clinched Nevada’s first-ever Mountain West championship. How does it feel to be a part of history?
Answer: It definitely feels good. Personally, playing with this team in the fall, I saw the potential that we had. It’s a great bunch of guys with a lot of talent. Everyone played to the best of their abilities and the coaching staff did an excellent job of fine-tuning us to be the best players we can be.
Q: Nevada is the host site for the 2015 Mountain West Baseball Championship. As a senior, how excited are you to play the Conference tournament on your home field and what does having the number one seed mean to the team?
A: It’s amazing. All of the seniors have hoped for a longer season since we got here and this is the first year we’ve had a chance to get to regionals. UNLV won the regular-season title and hosted last year and now we’re doing the same this year. It’s kind of funny how that worked itself out.
Q: The team has yet to lose more than two consecutive games this season and has only posted two, two-game losing streaks. What’s enabled this team to be so consistent and to bounce back so quickly when you do happen to lose?
A: We have a lot of fire in us. When taking a loss, we take that as fuel for the next day and play with a chip on our shoulder and we can go pretty far with that. It all comes down to execution; pitchers do their job, hitters get on base, move guys over and drive in runs. Our play is consistent because of that mentality. We take everything one pitch at a time and we all know to be ready at any moment.
Q: As a senior, is it hard to believe that your baseball career at Nevada is coming to a close?
A: It’s funny, time goes by really slow in present, but looking back, goes by fast. It feels like I just started here yesterday. I’m trying to go out with a bang and help the freshmen improve so that they can feel the same way we do when they get to this position.
Q: Hawai‘i is a destination vacation spot for many people. What was it like to grow up there?
A: I always appreciate going home, but I really like living here in Reno. It was nice to grow up there and experience the culture, the surroundings and the people there, but I like Nevada because I can drive anywhere I want. It’s nice to have that freedom.
Q: Spring commencement at Nevada takes place next weekend. What are you getting your degree in and what’s next for you after graduation?
A: I’m getting my degree in community health sciences. I’m going to pursue playing baseball professionally and try and take it as far as I can. It’s nice knowing that I have a degree as a backup. I had some opportunities last year to sign, but decided to come back to school and I don’t regret my decision at all.
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