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Nine Innings with Bo
By Phil Stanton
name and school probably caught some people by surprise when
looking over All-America lists last season, but Southern Utah
senior shortstop Bo Cuthbertson had the numbers to back up the
honor. The Summit League Player of the Year batted .432 with 30
doubles, seven triples, five homers, 51 runs and 47 RBI. He hit
even better in league play at .489. Cuthbertson had 25 multi-hit
games and led the Thunderbirds with 15 steals. The 5’9 native of
Glendale, Ariz., batted .393 in 2009 and was named a Freshman
All-American. Cuthbertson hit .344 as a sophomore and set a
program record with 21 doubles.
Cuthbertson and his
teammates will be playing the final season of baseball at SUU,
as the school will discontinue the program after the 2012
Cuthbertson recently took
time to answer our questions.
First Inning – What has the mood of the team
been since the announcement of the discontinuation of the
program at Southern Utah?
It has been a whole different attitude. We
already came into this year with a will to win and work harder.
But since the announcement it has only doubled our efforts. We
are saddened but ready to go out with a bang.
Second Inning – As a senior, how do you keep
the younger players focused on practice and game preparation?
This is something I had to learn as well. I think
what you have to remember is how important concentration is in
baseball. Concentration is key and practice time is when we
prepare ourselves to have our peak concentration. I think as we
focus on that in practice we are able to focus more on tasks and
Inning – What made the transition so smooth for you from high
school to college baseball?
Confidence was number one. I was confident coming
in that I could play at this level. I also had great high school
coaches and played summer ball on scouts teams that helped me be
Fourth Inning – You hit .432 a season ago. Do
you think it’s possible for you to hit higher than that this
I think batting average is kind of an enemy I
have had to fight. The more I think about it the lower it
becomes. My goal is to take it one at-bat at a time and have as
many quality at-bats as I can for my team. As I do this, I am
confident success will come to me and my team, whether that’s in
batting average not.
Fifth Inning – What did it mean to you to be
named Summit League Player of the Year and an All-American last
This is something that was incredible for me. I
remember being younger and reading lists of All-Americans in the
paper and thinking how awesome that was. It was a dream of mine
to one day be on one of those lists. It was a great feeling to
Sixth Inning – Were you surprised that you did
not get drafted a year ago?
I didn’t really know what to expect going into
the draft having heard a lot of different things from scouts. I
was disappointed but immediately decided I obviously need to
work harder and that’s what I have done and I feel prepared.
Inning – Would you like an opportunity to play professional
baseball after this season?
I would definitely love the opportunity. It has
been my dream and I feel as though I would be the type to excel
at that level as I know I will put in the work required to
Eighth Inning – What should we expect from the
Thunderbirds in 2012?
Expect a team that is going to come out and play
hard. We are dedicated to the cause of leaving everything on the
field. We all believe this will breed the success we are after.
Ninth Inning – SUU has a four-game series at
Hawaii Pacific in early March. Have you ever been to Hawaii?
I have never been to Hawaii and am really
excited. We have a week there so the first three days will be
focused on our series and then we have a few days to ourselves.
It should be a good time.
(photos courtesy of SUU Media