February 17, 2014

Q and A with Hornet of the Week Brandon Miller

Q and A with Hornet of the Week Brandon Miller

The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 24th student-athlete selected this year is baseball junior Brandon Miller.

Miller is off to a solid start for the Hornets out of the bullpen. The junior has worked 7.1 innings in three games this season, collecting a win two saves. Most recently, he went four innings against a strong Christopher Newport University team and allowed two runs while striking out three without issuing a walk.

You went a solid four innings against a strong CNU team to pick up your second save of the season. How is it different for you coming out of the bullpen as opposed to starting? What do you attribute your strong early start to?

Honestly I just want to be in the role in which I can help in the process of making our team better. So whether I am a starter or a reliever, or not pitching at all, I just want what is best for the team. I would like to think, on a personal level, that my mentality would be the same every time I step on the mound, and that is to help our team win. I think our strong start can be attributed to the amount of focus and energy we have had so far. We've pushed each other hard in the offseason and during practice and it has been translating over to our performance.

What is your favorite thing about Lynchburg baseball?

My favorite thing about Lynchburg baseball is just the community we have built. I think everyone truly enjoys playing the game of baseball and that really brings us together. Yes, we love to win, but we also love to have fun together and that's what I enjoy most about our team. I think being a part of a team is much more than just playing a game, but it's the relationships, and the experiences we have together that we remember for the rest of our lives. It's like Wil Parsons said last week, we're just one big family.

What do you like most about Lynchburg College?

What I like most about LC is the community, like I said about the team. Being at a small school allows for communities to grow much closer. Being a part of the baseball team and other communities such as Campus Outreach and FCA have really shaped my life as a college student. The relationships that I have made here have had a significant impact on my life and will continue to do so. So the community, from a personal viewpoint, has been a highlight of my time here at Lynchburg.

In your mind, what does it mean to be a student-athlete and how has Lynchburg helped you out?

I think what it means to be a student-athlete is to assume the role of representing something much more than yourself. You represent your school as well as your team on and off the playing field. Obviously being a student takes precedent over being an athlete and I think Lynchburg does a great job of emphasizing that. The professors and administrators are great at working with athletes with schedules and other conflicts so that we can make the most out our college experience.