By Samantha Reid
Name: Ruben Lomeli
Hometown: Melrose Park, IL
Major: Criminal Justice
Q: What was your favorite part of this season?
A: My favorite part of this season has been pitching on the mound free from pain after getting labrum surgery this past summer. Not only that, but we also have a great group of guys on the team, and it’s just fun being around the team, traveling and hanging out.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge the baseball program faces?
A: I think the biggest challenge this program will face is losing a couple of players for next year. It’s going to be hard to recruit guys that would replace this year’s seniors.
Q: How long have you been involved in baseball, and how did you initially get started in it?
A: I’ve been playing baseball since I was six. My father molded me into athletics such as football and baseball, so I started to play at a young age. The game was fun and competitive, so I stuck with it.
Q: What made you decide to play in college?
A: After my senior year, I had various schools looking at me, but I decided to play baseball at Roosevelt because it was closer to home and because the program was first starting out, so I knew I would pitch a lot. What mainly influenced me to play in college was because my family should be able to see me play at a higher level of baseball, which a lot of kids don’t get to play at. My sisters and parents both enjoy watching me play and always come to games and support me, so I play the game for them –– they also make a great cheering section.
Q: Do you have any people that have supported or inspired you in your athletic career?
A: I would have to say my top supporters and people I admire would be my four sisters, and especially my parents, because they always come to games in support of me whether I am struggling or dominating on the field. They influence me to just go out there on the field and always do my best.
Q: How have you balanced your baseball schedule with school and other responsibilities?
A: Currently, I am taking 18 credit hours while in season, so it’s pretty hard. If I have any advice for any young student athletes, it would be to get ahead in your school work while you can because there are just days after you play two games in one day, then you have to get up early in the next morning for workouts or another set of games, and you just don’t have time to get anything done. The easiest way is to plan ahead, and get [work] done early.
Q: When you aren’t playing or practicing, what else do you like to do in your free time?
A: I like to work out a lot and also explore downtown Chicago. There are a lot of places down here to go to, and in four years, I still haven’t been to them all. [I have to] enjoy living down here while it lasts.
Q: When you’re done at Roosevelt, what’s your dream career?
A: My dream career would probably end up being in the FBI [on the] hostage rescue team, whether I take the military path there or the police officer path to get experience for it.