Lions leadoff hitter Schmidt tells all

Leadoff hitter and second baseman Michael Schmidt has been huge with the bat, ranking second in the Gulf South Conference with a batting average at .404.

Second-baseman Michael Schmidt is in his second season with UNA. A senior from Atlanta, Schmidt was recruited his junior year after playing two years for Calhoun Community College.

During the 2011 season, Schmidt earned first-team All-Gulf South Conference honors at second base and was named to the All-South Region Tournament team.

Schmidt said he has high hopes for his future in baseball, aspiring to play professionally someday, and he also wants to win a World Series title.

Q: When and why did you start playing baseball?

A: I started playing at four years old, and it sort of started out as my dad forcing me into it. But I ended up loving it.

Q: Have you always played second base?

A: I actually played shortstop in junior college. I was moved to second base here because they thought it would be a better combination with the shortstop they have.

Q: Favorite baseball team?

A: You won’t find a bigger Braves fan than me.

Q: What is the biggest moment of your baseball career, to date?

A: I would have to say last year’s regionals. Getting the chance to play there was cool.

Q: Who are some athletes you admire/look up to?

A: Chipper Jones, definitely. I’m a big fan of Ted Williams and Dustin Pedroia, the second-baseman for the Red Sox.

Q: What’s your major?

A: Business.

Q: What are your plans after college?

A: I’ll hopefully play professionally and hopefully coach somewhere. If not, I’ll probably try to find an office job somewhere—I haven’t thought about it too much.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: ‘The Sandlot.’

Q: What’s your family like?

A: My dad’s from New York and my mom’s from Tennessee. My older sister is a second grade teacher. I’m the youngest. I don’t get to see them much.

Q: Most prized possession?

A: I have a picture of me and my best friend in my room back at home. He died in a car accident in high school, so I keep that picture as my most prized possession.

Q: Do you have any sort of life motto?

A: Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something.

Q: Finish the sentence: ‘If I’m not playing baseball, I’m usually …’

A: Playing golf.