By Brent Ingram, UTA Athletics Communications
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Senior Quintin Rohrbaugh is known for having a fierce mustache.
But growing a dynamic flavor savor is not all the native of Grand Prairie, Texas, is good at.
He can spray line-drive hits all over the diamond.
Rohrbaugh stepped right into the UTA lineup as a junior in 2016 after a strong career at Weatherford College. As a sophomore at Weatherford, Rohrbaugh established the school record for runs scored, setting the stage for his offensive approach to excel at UTA.
A 5-foot-10, 195-pound right-handed hitter, Rohrbaugh started all 58 games for the Mavs last year. He finished with a .343 average (79-for-230) with 36 runs, 13 doubles, four triples, two homers and 35 RBI, stealing four bases.
He earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in his debut season, hitting .310 in 30 league games, driving in 17 runs.
Rohrbaugh has built an offensive reputation as a grinder. A player who fights his way into the lineup with a full-tilt, top-of-the-order approach. He reached base safely in 52 of 58 games and sported a .382 on-base percentage.
"I've always been like that considering my size, my job isn't to hit homers," Rohrbaugh said. "I'm here to hit the ball consistently, get on base and give guys a chance to get me in. "
In clutch situations Rohrbaugh shines. He led the team with 28 two-out hits and 17 two-out RBI as a junior. With runners on base, he hit .361.
"To me, I've always been a guy that doesn't really swing and miss a lot," said Rohrbaugh, who struck out just 28 times in 230 at-bats in 2016. "When you get to two outs and two strikes, it is just bat-to-ball and make sure you put it in play."
Rohrbaugh personifies the flexible defensive approach preached by head coach Darin Thomas. A second baseman in junior college and high school, Rohrbaugh adapted to a full-time position shift in 2016, making 56 of UTA's 58 starts in leftfield.
"When I came here, I had only really played second base," Rohrbaugh said. "When they moved me to left it kind of put me in a position that with my bat, no matter where they needed me, I could go play. It gave other players, that may be limited to certain spots, a chance to get their bats in the lineup to help us even more."
With a year under his belt, Rohrbaugh is in a better position to succeed than as a newcomer adapting to the challenges of the rugged Sun Belt.
"At first last year, I was skeptical about difference between junior college and here," Rohrbaugh said. "Now having been through it and seen the somewhat minor differences, I am definitely more comfortable and know what to expect."
His comfort level translates to an increased leadership role. Along with seniors Brady Cox, Austin Gardner, Matt Michalski, Colton Turner and Kadon Simmons, Rohrbaugh is expected to help lead the newcomers through the challenges of their debut seasons.
"The thing about the seniors, with Quintin, Colton, Brady, Kadon, they were all conference last year and they were really good," Thomas said. "Like I said, if you are good on the field and you’re a leader, it helps. The younger guys look up to that. We don't have a lot of position guys so that versatility is big. We are very deep pitching wise but we just need some of the new guys to get a concept of what it takes at this level. That is where some of the returners can really help them."
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