Q&A With Western Illinois Commit: Derek Lieurance

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By Rob Allison
Iowa State Director

Derek Lieurance, RHP, Cascade, Class of 2015

PBR: Why did you choose the school you did? 

LIEURANCE: I created a good bond with the coaching staff at Western Illinois. I could tell that they were very passionate about the game and their players. I also really liked the facilities and the campus. Western Illinois just seemed like the perfect fit for me.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

LIEURANCE: I also considered Minnesota St., Winona St., Iowa, Southeastern, Iowa Western, NIACC, and Creighton.

PBR: Where did they first see you? How did your relationship develop with the coaching staff?

LIEURANCE: They attended one of the games I pitched last summer, they also saw me at the Junior Showcase. They would call me weekly and our relationship really took off from there.

PBR: What role do you expect to play your first year on campus? 

LIEURANCE: I’m hoping to see plenty of innings so that I can help my team win.

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player? 

LIEURANCE: My head coach at Cascade, Roman Hummel, has helped me greatly.

PBR: What have you worked on/improved since last year?

LIEURANCE: I’ve worked on improving my off-speed pitches along with my mechanics.

PBR: What are your thoughts on the recruiting process? Any advice for future players in your position.

LIEURANCE: The recruiting process was very fun for me. I enjoyed visiting all the places that I did and meeting the coaches. My advice for future players is to make sure that you take your time when making your college decision.

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