Seth Romero, Houston

Houston’s Romero Surges Back

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Thanks to a trying moment at the beginning of last season, Houston’s Seth Romero has a renewed purpose as he navigates his junior year with the Cougars.

Around this time a year ago, as the Cougars were getting ready for the 2016 campaign, Romero was expected to headline the weekend rotation. He was firmly entrenched into the weekend rotation after putting together a first-year campaign that resulted in Freshman All-American honors.

But everything changed when Romero returned to campus after Christmas break. In the past, Romero had been able to rely on pure stuff and had somewhat of a shadow role within the program. But now he was one of the nation’s top sophomores and needed to be one of the team leaders as the projected No. 2 starting pitcher behind righthander Andrew Lantrip.

The only problem with that expectation? He wasn’t prepared to be the face of UH’s program. When he returned to campus for January workouts, he’d gained a noticeable amount of weight, and in turn, lost some athleticism. Houston coach Todd Whitting, knowing players would be looking up to Romero, had to make an example of the powerful lefthander and suspended him for the season-opening series against Villanova to make a statement.

“I think him having to sit out the first few weeks last season was a lesson learned on the expectation level and culture of our program,” Whitting said. “Working hard is not optional in our program. You must prepare your body and arm both physically and mentally to succeed at a high level.

“Fortunately, the light did come on for Seth last season,” he continued. “And he ended up having another successful campaign.”

Romero ended his sophomore season with a 2.29 ERA in 94.1 innings, along with 113 strikeouts and 28 walks. However, he wasn’t satisfied. After all he’d dealt with earlier in the season, Romero didn’t like that his ERA was worse than his freshman year, and he’d also lost one more game than the previous season.


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