Sauer talks last season as Augie pitcher

The Observer sat down with senior Chris Sauer and talked about his last season as a pitcher for Augustana baseball.
1. As a senior, what has been your most memorable moment on the field?
“My most memorable moment is no doubt winning the conference tournament freshman year. It was my first time winning a tournament in baseball, so it was a great feeling finally achieving that goal.”
2. What are some goals the team has set this year, and have you achieved any of them thus far?
“One of our major goals was to win conference this year. We haven’t achieved it yet, but we have put ourselves in a position where we could win. The other goals we set for ourselves is to also win the conference tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament.”
3. If you could switch positions with anyone on the team, who would it be and why?
“I’m pretty content with where I’m at, but if I had to choose, I’d switch with whoever is in the designated hitter spot just so I can try and hit the ball.”
4. How would you describe the culture of the team?
“I’d say we have a winning culture within the baseball program. We expect to win most of our games and expect to be successful. That is our main focus.”
5. Professionally speaking, which baseball player do you admire most and why?
“I’ve always admired the former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. He is my all-time favorite player, because he spent his whole career with the Rockies, my favorite team, and he just played the game the right way.”
6. Which team is your favorite to compete against in the CCIW and why?
“I personally enjoy competing against Illinois Wesleyan. Our games against them just seem to have an extra edge to them, and a lot of people come out and see our games against them, whether we’re playing in Moline or Bloomington.”
7. Why did you chose to play Augustana baseball?
“I chose to play baseball at Augustana, because it is a good baseball program, and the guys I met on my recruiting trip were great. Also, one of my closest high school friends, Jeff Prior, came out here to play baseball as well.”
8. What is one thing you will miss about playing Augie baseball?
“I am definitely going to miss working, having fun and just being around the guys all the time. We have built a pretty strong bond, and we’ve had a lot of fun together.”