By: Lauren Koch
Photos By: UC Athletics
UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for April – Jake Saylor
By: Lauren Koch
“I’m proud to be a Bearcat”
Jake Saylor, senior member of the Bearcat baseball team and student out of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services is proud to be a Bearcat. With a 3.42 GPA and outstanding praises from those around him, The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) is proud to honor Jake Saylor as the Scholar Athlete of the month for April, 2012.
As a criminal justice major at the University of Cincinnati, Saylor understands the value of time management on and off the field. His open lines of communication with his teachers have strongly influenced his impressive academic performance.
“Being able to play for the Bearcats is a really special thing, but I also feel what you do on campus is just as important… your relationship with your teachers and peers is just as valuable as how your fans see you on the field,” explains Saylor.
As a catcher, Saylor must also utilize his time management and communication skills. In baseball, the catcher is positioned to view the entire field, making him the best person to direct and lead key defensive plays. He is the upmost importance to the defense, and often required to master many skills in order to field his position well.
A strong coffee paired with a strong work ethic has been a secret weapon of Saylor during long weeks of late night studying and away games. He says, “You have to put in the time... you get out what you put in.”
Saylor is the triple-threat; performing exceptional at bat, on defense, and in the classroom. During his junior season in 2011 he played in 55, games including 47 starts at catcher, and tied for fourth on team with three home runs. During the season he also added 20 runs batted in (RBI).
As the Bearcats prepare to dominate the Big East again this season and earn the title of best in the Big East, Saylor prepares to also excel in the classroom.
Saylor strikingly balances a full course load with his hectic baseball schedule. It is intimidating for one to look at the schedule of a student athlete, however Saylor states, “At first it’s hard to balance, but if you put the work in, it isn’t as hard as it seems.”
Bearcat pride, for both his teammates and classmates, oozes from Saylor much like a proud parent. Memorable moments for student athletes usually come in the form of home-runs or triple-plays, but for Saylor one of his greatest memories at UC took place in the classroom. He recalls one of his proudest moments as a student athlete was receiving 4.0 GPA fall quarter 2011.
Although Saylor’s hometown of Chandler, Arizona is far away, he never forgot his birthplace Cincinnati. Even as a high school student he stood steadfast in his love for Cincinnati by listing the Cincinnati Reds as his favorite baseball team on his player profile.
Last year he and his team came up just short of winning the Big East tournament. We at CEAS are confident if Saylor and his team put in the hard work and dedication they can take first in the Big East!
Once piece of advice he would like to give to future students is, “Work hard. Much like training for baseball takes many skills, so does being a superior student. Be ready to work. Just like you prepare yourself in baseball... you have to do the same with class… study, pay attention and do the prep work needed.”