On Saturday, five former South Dakota State University standouts who combined to earn All-America honors 19 times will be inducted into the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame this fall. One of the five is YME’s Trevor Schulte, for his time pitching on the baseball team.
Schulte set numerous pitching records during a standout career from 1991-94 in which he compiled a 26-5 record.
During his first year, he started out throwing for batting practice which built up his arm strength. During home games he watched and learned a much deeper level of the game from the older pitchers.
Schulte established himself as the ace of the Jackrabbit pitching staff during his junior and senior seasons. He found his strong suit was being the starting pitcher. He played using a “hot aggression,” pouring his emotions in to every pitch. He reported, “I pitched like a linebacker, every single pitch was the most important pitch. I would show that emotion on the field at times. ” That mindset worked well for him, but it left him mentally exhausted after games. It was key to be a starter, because it takes time for him to build it up, and that wouldn’t work as well when he would be a relief pitcher.
He turned in a 10-2 record with a 2.89 earned run average en route to earning first-team All-America honors from the College Baseball Coaches Association in 1993, then posted an 11-1 record a year later. After losing his first two decisions of the 1993 season, Schulte won his next 21 consecutive decisions — a mark that stood as an NCAA Division II record for 17 years.
Schulte reported that he wasn’t aware of the records until after the season was over. It wasn’t something he thought about. When his coach told him about it, his thoughts were, “That’s great, but we’re done playing. We got beat in Regionals, we didn’t make it to the Division II World Series like we wanted. That was more important to me than getting the record.”
“We had a lot of guys from those 3-4 years that set a lot of records that still stand, but for a lot of us it was more about the team stuff, how the team did.”
When asked about how he felt about being inducted, he said, “Being inducted into the hall of fame is a big deal, but I don’t think I did anything special. The 25 other guys on the teams probably had more of an effect of my success than I did... Me getting this is a sign of many guys playing the game at such a high caliber and played the game the right way.”
Originally from Montevideo, Minnesota, Schulte was named North Central Conference Pitcher of the Year in both 1993 and 1994. Besides his 26 career victories, Schulte's 226 career strikeouts remained a Jackrabbit standard for 21 years. His 100 strikeouts in 1994 and 11 victories in 1993 continue to be SDSU single-season records.
With Schulte on the mound, the Jackrabbits won NCC titles during the 1992, 1993 and 1994 seasons and qualified for the NCAA Division II North Central Regional each season.