Tigers' ace Lintz chooses Kentucky
Marshall County High School senior Seth Lintz has signed a full scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky to play baseball and pursue a degree in engineering after next season.
Lintz chose Kentucky over such Southeastern Conference schools as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia and LSU. Other schools interested in Lintz were Michigan, UAB, Stanford and Columbia.
"I am very excited overall," said Lintz. "I think Kentucky is the right fit for me. It is where God wanted me to go. Everything I wanted was provided by Kentucky and that is why I chose them.
"When I visited Kentucky I enjoyed the interaction with the coaching staff, I enjoyed the campus, and their baseball program has grown a lot. I also liked Kentucky because they are in the top 25 engineering schools in the nation."
Lintz was the ace of the Tiger pitching staff last season, compiling a 12-1 record, striking out 166 batters in 89 innings, and finishing with an era of 1.33. The 6'1", 165 lb. workhorse right hander was also selected to the first team All-State squad.
In addition to his prowess on the mound, Lintz also excels in the classroom, being a member of the four-year honor roll. He ranks second in his graduating class at MCHS.
"God gave me these athletic abilities for a reason," Lintz said. "It puts me in a great situation to get an education to support me, my family and my future family."
Lintz said he is not worried about the pressure of playing on the reigning SEC Champion Wildcats because he has thrived under pressure at MCHS. "I like being the guy that holds the game in his hands," he said. "I thrive on pressure and I enjoy it."
Lintz' sister Paij attends UT-Martin and was also a stand-out pitcher for the Tigerette softball team that won the state title in 2005. When asked what it is about the Lintz household that produces such great pitchers, Lintz said, "They feed us the Bible. We both have the same ultimate focus, and when you are not focused on yourself blessings will arise."
MCHS Athletic Director Kevin McGehee said, "I am very happy and very excited for Seth. I don't have any doubt that he has the ability to play in the SEC, and I am sure he will have the opportunity to one day be drafted into major league baseball."
Lintz, who has been intensely scouted by the major leagues said, "Ever since I started playing baseball I wanted to be a major leaguer, that has been my focus."