Sciambra ready to bounce back in 2013

LSU outfielder Chris Sciambra has had a long road to get to the 2013 season. After suffering a season, and potentially a career-ending injury in 2012, Sciambra is ready to put what he has learned into action.

For LSU sophomore Chris Sciambra the road to the 2013 season has been a long one. The 5-9 184 pound Sciambra was forced to miss most of the 2012 season after suffering a neck injury in March of last year. Sciambra, a former standout at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, believes that he has become a better player because of his experiences last season. Regardless of his situation, Sciambra knows he has to step up in 2013 and he is willing to do whatever it takes for him to make an impact for the Tigers. Also, given the severity of his injury, Sciambra simply feels lucky to be able to lace up his cleats this season for LSU.

"It's been a non-stop questioning process, regarding what I went through," said Sciambra. "But, that means that people care, so I don't really worry about it that much."

"I only look at it one way and I believe that God has given me another chance to be able to come back from my injury. I understand that I need to make the most of it this season."

When his season-ending injury occurred, the last thing Sciambra wanted to do was feel sorry for himself. Instead, he took it as an opportunity to study the game of baseball and become a better player without physical activity. This was big for Sciambra, considering Paul Mainieri expects him to make significant contributions to the outfield in 2013.

"I don't know why it happened, but it definitely helped me learn a lot about the game with all of the free time that I had," said Sciambra. "I had plenty of time to see things while I was in the stands that I never really paid attention to before. I'll be ready to contribute this season."

Sciambra explained that he learned a lot during his time away from the field. With baseball being such a complex game with so many moving pieces at all times, Sciambra believes that he made the most of his situation.

He wouldn't go as far as saying that time away from the field was a good thing, but Sciambra knows that he is a smarter player after being stuck in the stands for games in 2012. Something as simple as learning to play the game the right way was what Sciambra set out to learn following his injury.

"I learned how to play the game the right way," said Sciambra. "Whenever you are injured and can't contribute, it really makes you take a closer look at what you are doing. It makes you notice the small things in the very complex game of baseball."

Heading into 2013, Sciambra has moved on from his injury and he is focused on his team and reaching the goals that they have set forth for themselves this season. After seeing things from an outsider's perspective in 2012, Sciambra believes that the 2013 squad has the ability to achieve greatness.

"This group has really gelled together this year," said Sciambra. "We will definitely be a lot more prepared for adversity this season than in 2012. We understand that we still have work to do, but I think this group has the potential to do some really special things in 2013."

One member of the 2013 squad that seems to be catching the attention of everyone around the LSU Baseball program is Alex Bregman. Sciambra explained that after watching baseball as a fan for a season, he has never seen a harder working player both on and off the field.

Sciambra also explained that a lot of older guys on the LSU roster look up to Bregman, which is odd because Bregman is in his first season of college baseball. Sciambra expects big things out of the freshman.

"That kid is amazing," said Sciambra. "He is the hardest working guy that I have ever met. I would say that he is a role model, even though he is a freshman. A lot of the older guys look up to him because of the way that he plays the game."

Sciambra said that he has learned a lot about dedication to the game of baseball from Bregman. He feels as though he has learned as much from Bregman about what it takes to be successful as he has from anyone in the past.

"He's texting me at ten o'clock at night to go hit in the cages and stuff," said Sciambra. "He is always the first person here and the last one to leave. When you are that gifted and you work that hard, good things will happen for you. He has taught me so much about hard work."

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