Marshall University baseball player Aaron Bossi is making an impact on the program in his senior season with the Herd, but Bossi said it errs in comparison to what the program and the university has given him back.
“(My four years at Marshall) have been the best four years of my life,” Bossi said. “I met a lot of my best friends that I will have for the rest of my life.”
Bossi said this season has been particularly satisfying as he’s finally been able to step to the plate and play a key role in the team’s success.
“I am glad I am able to make an impact in my senior year because it feels good to leave here knowing I made my mark and did my part for the team,” Bossi said.
Bossi is hitting a career-best .319 from the plate this season in 138 at-bats. Bossi’s .319 average ranks second on the team behind only Ryne Dean’s mark of .328, while his 44 total hits lead the team. Bossi has also scored 24 runs, recorded 21 RBIs and connected for six doubles, which rank second, third and third on the team, respectively.
Last season, Bossi batted .306 in 111 at-bats over the course of 30 starts and 42 game appearances at second base, catcher and designated hitter.
Bossi, who now plays exclusively at second base, is accustomed to switching positions throughout his tenure with the Herd as he spent most of his first two seasons at third base, making a combined 78 starts.
Bossi’s teammates acknowledge his proficiency as the team’s second baseman, but his willingness to switch positions has endeared him with his peers.
“He is one the best second baseman I have ever played with,” junior center fielder Corey Bird said. “And he is really good to have around the clubhouse and on the field.”
Bossi said the bond is mutual, but said the relationship goes beyond what each individual offers on the diamond.
“These are my brothers,” Bossi said. “There are tough times like every family has, but we stay close to get through it.”
Bossi said the connections and relationships he has forged during his time at Marshall far supersedes the his original reasons for choosing Marshall.
“Baseball was the main reason I came here but, I stayed for the tradition and the family feel here,” Bossi said.
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