Andrew Meier - John Ellis

Meier last pitched against Washburn on the second of March, only getting in one inning of that game. 

Transferring colleges is something a lot of student athletes go through for one reason or another, and such is the case with Andrew Meier.

A junior from Dixon High School in Dixon, Missouri, Meier is in his first year at Missouri Western State. After starting out at Southwest Baptist, Meier transferred to Missouri Western after his sophomore year. What was his reason for transferring?

It was simple.

“They didn’t have my degree,” Meier said.

Meier is, of course, a student-athlete. In the classroom, he is majoring in construction engineering.

After leaving Southwest Baptist, the decision to transfer to Missouri Western came pretty easily.

Meier says that his major, along with knowing friends at the university, made the decision a no brainer.

“I was just kind of looking around,” Meier said. “I knew some buddies here.”

Of course, a transfer does not come without any repercussions. Due to NCAA regulations, Meier was forced to sit out the 2019 season.

Meier says sitting was an interesting experience for him.

“I kind of enjoyed watching the baseball, kind of seeing it from a different perspective,” Meier said. “Just use that time to get better.”

Even though he may have missed last season, his numbers wouldn’t suggest that there was much rust.  Through 18 games on the season, Meier currently has a slash line of .343/.397/.493, with seven extra-base hits, a home run and his 13 RBI ties Colby Tam for the team lead.

If you were to ask Meier about his season, he’d tell you he’s not satisfied.

“I think I definitely could do a little bit better,” Meier said. “Just keep our team going, try to click on all cylinders.”

Head coach Buzz Verduzco thinks of Meier as an X factor for the team’s offense.

“He’s going to sit in the middle of our order and do what Andrew does,” Verduzco said. “For us to be a productive offense, it all works around what Andrew can do. If he’s good for us, the team kind of follows.”

What makes Meier rare nowadays at the plate is a bit of an old school approach.  Meier doesn’t wear batting gloves. Meier says his dad made him against batting gloves from an early age.

“My dad said it slowed my bat down,” Meier said. “It gets your hands tougher.”

Meier is a versatile fielder. He plays first base and the outfield while also pitching. He has thrown 12 ⅓ innings this season in four appearances.

When asked which position he preferred, Meier elected to go with first base.

“Everything involves you,” Meier said. “It involves you a lot, so I like first.”

Verduzco says the best part of his game isn’t a certain position, rather it’s how he conducts himself.

“He’s a pretty relaxed player,” Verduzco said. “He brings a sense of calmness in how he plays. He knows the game.”

He is looking to be a project manager when he graduates from Missouri Western next year.

“I like running the numbers and stuff,” Meier said. “Basically anything that I can work with a team.”

Meier and the Griffons can be seen at Missouri Western this weekend as they take on Rogers State.

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