There’s no denying – and no explaining – the inseparable connection between twins. For the past four years, Head Baseball Coach Chad Fitzgerald has been seeing double with 5-11 twins Kyle and Matt Psychas on the roster.
The senior student-athletes came to Heidelberg together, decided on the same business administration and sport management majors and roomed together all four years. “We do pretty much everything together. We always have,” said Kyle. “It’s easy because we know each other so well,” Matt added.
There are a few differences, though. Matt, No. 11 on the baseball team, is an outfielder and bats right-handed. Kyle, No. 45, is a southpaw pitcher who didn’t see action this year because of an injury.
Those who know them best can easily tell them apart, based on subtle differences in their voices and more obvious differences in their personalities.
Of the two, Kyle is more focused on academics, according to Matt, who admits to being more free-spirited. Either way, they balance each other quite well, even holding each other accountable from time to time, especially when managing their time during the baseball season.
When it comes to baseball this time of year, though, they are intensely focused on on the post-season. “We just need to handle our business,” said Matt, just days before the Student Princes swept a double-header from Capital to claim a share of the OAC title last weekend.
The OAC Tournament kicks off Thursday at Baldwin Wallace with the No. 2-seeded ’Berg taking on No. 3 Ohio Northern. Matt will be manning one of the outfield positions and Kyle will be a vocal cheerleader from the dugout. “Even though I’ve been hurt, I still do everything with the team. It’s nice that they allowed me to do that,” Kyle said.
The brothers have one more year to be together at Heidelberg. Both will be back next fall to pursue their MBAs through the PlusOneAdvantage® Full-tuition MBA Scholarship program, which they agree is an opportunity not to be passed up.
“Great deal. Can’t beat it,” said Kyle.
Then, it’s off to pursue separate careers, although it won’t be a surprise if both land in athletics-related jobs. They did get a taste of being apart last summer when Matt played summer ball in Texas. As part of that experience, he worked at the baseball facility and enjoyed getting to know about that side of the game. He also gives baseball lessons at the Red Shed in Fremont. “Being around baseball is where I want to be,” he said.
As for Kyle, he’s eying a career in sports marketing or sales. “Working with a professional sports organization would be ideal, but definitely on the marketing side.”
With three sets of twins in their immediate family, including their dad, Chris, it’ll be nearly impossible to avoid that twin connection, no matter where they land. And that’s just fine with them. “It’s pretty cool to be twins,” Kyle said.