Ohio University freshman Taylor Emody feels the adjustment to Division I baseball went fairly smooth.
But there is plenty work to be done for the 2010 Edison graduate.
"I am pleased with my year, definitely, but I am not satisfied," Emody said about his initial season playing first base for the Bobcats. "I still have a lot of things I need to improve on.
"But I have made pretty good grades thus far and have been lucky enough to be getting a lot of innings as a freshman. I think I have made a good step in continuing my career as a Bobcat."
Emody has appeared in 41 of 43 games for Ohio, including 39 starts. He is batting .307 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 19 RBIs. He is second on the team in batting average and third in doubles and RBIs. He has also scored 28 runs, which is second on the team.
But the season has been a learning experience to show Emody things that need fixed.
"I have learned that I need to work on fundamentals more than I ever have," he said. "I have some flaws in my swing and in my defense that are just not where I want them to be just yet.
"I am looking forward to working on improving myself the next three years."
But above all things learned this spring, Emody has figured out the balancing act of class and baseball.
"School-wise I would say that procrastination is a very bad idea," Emody joked. "And baseball-wise, in order to be as good as you want to be, you have to do every little thing to get ahead of your opponent.
"Playing against great athletes really taught me that the littlest things matter."
Emody has been fairly consistent for most of the season, but three performances stand out above the rest. In a 15-8 win over LeHigh on Feb. 25, Emody was 3 for 5 with five RBIs. The next day, he followed that performance in an 8-4 win over Lafayette, going 4 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
In Mid-American Conference play, Emody was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored in a 6-5 win over Central Michigan on April 2.
Playing in the MAC, the different level has been everything Emody anticipated.
The pitching is so much better," he said. "The fundamentals of the game really come into play a lot more than they ever have."
However, it has not been the best seasons for the Bobcats, who enter the weekend with a 19-24 overall record, including a 5-13 mark in the MAC East Division.
"Obviously we are not pleased with our MAC record, but we have been pretty competitive," Emody said. "We have beat some pretty good non-conference teams like Duke and Pitt. At times, we can be as good as anybody we play, but we are a very young team and that can make a big impact.
"Three of our starting infielders are freshmen, and we have as many as six freshmen in the lineup at once. We have gained some valuable coaching and experience to build upon."
As for when it hit him that he was no longer in Milan, Emody said that moment took place pretty quickly.
"It would have to be right after my parents dropped me off in Athens," he said. "It was a good feeling and really made me realize how lucky I was to have a great family and great friends to have helped me get to where I am now."
Along with Emody, other local graduates in Bowling Green's Clay Duncan, Kent State's Kyle Hallock, Andrew Chafin, Spencer Bryant and Cody Koch will all be in action at the MAC Tournament held in Chillicothe on May 26-28. Toledo's Michael Hamann (Danbury) was shut down for the season last week after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips.