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Nine Innings with Casey
By Phil Stanton
Kalenkosky is a senior at Texas State, playing first base and
catching. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Kalenkosky had a huge
season for the Bobcats in 2011. He set a school record with 21
home runs, the sixth-highest total in Division I. Kalenkosky hit
.327 with 17 doubles, 59 runs and 69 RBI. He was First Team
All-Southland Conference, First Team All South Central Region
and Third Team All-America. He was chosen in the 13th round of
the 2011 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.
Kalenkosky played for two
seasons at Cisco Junior College before transferring to Texas
State and earned All-America honors at Cisco.
Kalenkosky recently took
time to answer our questions.
First Inning – What were the main factors in
your decision to return to Texas State for the 2012 season?
I wanted to become closer to graduating with an
accounting degree. We have a great program and a great staff
here at Texas State so I knew by coming back I was in great
Second Inning – Were you drafted out of high
school or while at Cisco Junior College?
Only drafted out of Texas State
Third Inning – What were the biggest
adjustments you had to make going from Cisco Junior College to
This biggest adjustment I had to make was
primarily time management. At Cisco, there were no distractions
and I had all the time I needed to practice and compete. Here at
Texas State, I had to learn how to better balance school and
Inning – How satisfied were you to have played so well during
the Southland Conference Tournament?
I couldn't have asked for a better outcome, our
team played really well and we competed the entire
tournament. Our team was playing great team baseball and it was
really fun to be a part of.
Fifth Inning – How was your first NCAA
It was a great learning experience. I wish it
would have gone a little better, but I was happy to be there
Sixth inning – What is your outlook for the
Bobcats this season?
Can't wait. We have a great team and I think it’s
going to be a huge year
Seventh Inning – Do you have any personal
goals for 2012?
Just trying to raise the bar for this program. I
am following two great first basemen and not only do I want them
to be proud of how I play the game but also my teammates.
Eighth Inning – In how many games were you
used as a catcher last season? Will you still work behind the
plate this season?
I caught in one game last year, and yes, I plan
on catching some this year to give Andrew Stumph a break from
Ninth Inning – Do you prefer catching to
playing first base?
It doesn't matter to me. I just want to be in the
lineup and contributing to the team.
(photos courtesy of Texas State Media