While the Georgetown baseball team has experienced many ups and downs over the past two seasons, junior right fielder Rand Ravnaas has been a steady force in the field and at the plate.
Ravnaas has made an impact on the baseball field ever since starting 21 of 34 games in his freshman year. By his sophomore year, he was first on the team with a .347 batting average and 11 home runs.
Still, he hasn’t become complacent after his early success.
“I’ve been working in the off-season to try to cut down on strikeouts, which will hopefully improve just putting the ball in play,” he said.
This season is shaping up to be his finest yet. Ravnaas has started the 2011 campaign on a tear. He is hitting .409 while also boasting five home runs and a slugging percentage of .670.
Currently, Ravnaas’s ability to get on base has really helped a Hoyas team off to one of their best starts in recent memory. On Tuesday, he helped them earn a 10-6 win over George Mason, reaching base on a fielder’s choice and scoring in the seventh inning.
Ravnaas still maintains an important role on the other side of the ball, too, making sure to hold down his part of the outfield.
He is modest, though, and does not take all the credit for his success.
“My coaches definitely have helped a lot with what I’ve been doing,” he said. “My parents have [also] provided me with the ability to go out and work hard whenever I want to.”