May 13, 2011
When searching for the proper qualities that an Auburn man should have, look no further than junior outfielder Brooks Beisner. He possesses all the traits that both an Auburn student and an Auburn athlete should have. He is hard-working, loyal, a natural leader and devoted to both his family and his team.
Beisner has five siblings and recalls that some weekends, because of friends staying the night over, that there were sometimes more than 10 people in the house. The ability to cope with so much chaos is a tribute to his parents. Fresh off of Mother's Day, he notes that his mother is the loving staple that holds the family together.
"She's an amazing lady. I can't say enough about her," Beisner said. "It's hard enough having six children, but she finds time to deal with each and every one of us. What she has done is truly amazing."
Beisner's inspiration and an undying will to succeed comes from his father, a former JUCO baseball player as well. His father makes sure that he always works as hard as possible and that he is always determined to apply himself to the upmost of his ability.
"He pushes me to complete anything that I do," Beisner said. "Whether it is in school or baseball, he makes sure that I do what I'm capable of and that I never give up."
Majoring in history, Beisner has ambitions of one day being a teacher, should baseball not be in the cards. He credits himself with being a World War II enthusiast and that he has a good knowledge of baseball history as well. Like most college students, in his free time, he likes to play videogames, fish and play golf. When he makes it home, he looks forward to one thing above all else.
"I always get excited to get out on the water," Beisner said. "It's fun to go fishing with my dad and my brother."
In 2008, while at Charlotte High School, Beisner took home honors as a member of the Sun Herald First Team All-Area, Sarasota Herald Tribune First Team All-Area, Sarasota Classic First Team All-Tournament and he earned the Tommy Murphy Leadership Award.
"It meant a lot. They noticed how hard I work and how I practice good sportsmanship," Beisner said. "My work ethic on and off the field is what drives me and it's nice to know that others are noticing it."
Beisner attended St. Petersburg College after high school. While there, he established himself as an extra base hit machine. His freshman year he hit .330 with seven doubles, three triples, four homeruns and 42 RBI. His sophomore season saw an increase in productivity at the plate where he hit .320 with 13 doubles, four triples, six homeruns and 49 RBI. He always wanted a chance to play in the SEC and upon arriving here at Auburn, he notes that while the game may be the same, the SEC is much faster and the competition is intense, but he is sure he made the right choice in picking a school.
"I love the campus, it's a nice college town," Beisner said. "This team, with these coaches, has been great. It just felt like a good match."
So far this season, Beisner's first with Auburn, he is adapting well in being able to cover any of the outfield positions while playing great defense. He is hitting .258 with two homeruns and nine RBI. His coaches, especially Ty Megahee, have helped him immensely as far as being ready to help his team whenever it is needed.
"This is a fun locker room and a great team," Beisner said. "The coaches know this game of baseball real well and because they know what they're doing, it makes us look good."
Taking the field is what Beisner strives for each and every day. His work ethic is second to none and he has the natural ability to be a leader. Whether it is in or out of the classroom, in practice or during a game he will give it his all and that is never questionable.
"I just take the opportunities that I'm given," Beisner said. "I go out there and I just have fun playing the game because it is supposed to be fun and the hard work you put in usually shows."
Auburn has now won four out of their past five series and holds a record of 26-23 while sitting in third place in the SEC West. The Tigers are in for a big SEC battle as rival Alabama comes into town this weekend as they look to gain ground in the division. When asked if this team is ready to finish the schedule out on a high note, Beisner emphatically said yes and is sure that this team will be a force to be reckoned with come the SEC Tournament.
"I think that we'll be one of the hotter teams coming into the tourney," Beisner said. "We might not be a top-ranked team or in first place, but we have the talent and we are a dangerous team."
by Michael Stagno, Auburn Media Relations
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