Grosse Pointe’s Temrowski offered second chance to play at NCAA level

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 21, 2014

 Pictured is former Grosse Pointe South and current Albion College pitcher Matt Temrowski, who recently completed his sophomore season. He led Albion with a 2.72 ERA.

Pictured is former Grosse Pointe South and current Albion College pitcher Matt Temrowski, who recently completed his sophomore season. He led Albion with a 2.72 ERA.

Photo courtesy of Lowell McGinnis

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Playing baseball at the college level is something former Grosse Pointe South pitcher Matt Temrowski said he has wanted to do since he was 8 years old.

After graduating from South, it seemed as though he might get his chance at Wayne State University, where he was offered the opportunity to try out for the Warriors. However, after getting cut by Wayne State, Temrowski’s dream was put on hold, without any certainty it would be revived.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Temrowski continued to pursue an opportunity to play a game that has been part of his life since he was a child. He remembered being recruited by Albion College in high school, so he had his former South coach, Dan Griesbaum, reach out to Albion’s baseball coach, Scott Carden.

Eventually, Temrowski had his opportunity to be a collegiate baseball player with the Britons.

“It’s been a blessing for me,” he said. “Coach (Carden) gave me a chance — thank him for that. I’ve loved every second of it. It’s just great competing day in and day out.”

Temrowski recently completed his sophomore season with Albion, which competes at the NCAA Division III level, and had a 4-3 record with a team-best ERA of 2.72.

Aside from being given the chance to play a game that has brought him so much enjoyment over the years, the adversity he went through, which also includes a UCL injury prior to last season, is something that may have provided Temrowski with some lessons he can take with him into his everyday life.

“It’s like a blessing in disguise,” Temrowski said of being cut by Wayne State. “I really learned follow your dreams and stick with what you want to do. There was a lot of perseverance, too. It’s a lot of patience. I love it now. After the injury and being cut, now I’m here. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world because I never thought I could be here right now after what’s happened. It’s unbelievable what happened for me, and I’m so thankful that I’m able to still play. I’m healthy, and everything’s working out.”

Temrowski cited playing with teammates, including Cam Gibson, who went on to play at Michigan State University, and Carmen Benedetti, who is now part of the University of Michigan’s baseball program, as some of his favorite memories at South.  

Temrowski has had an opportunity to learn about baseball in what could be described as a relatively unique way, as his father, Tom, was drafted by the Houston Astros after being selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the Division II 1985 College World Series, which was won by him and his Florida Southern College teammates. Temrowski said his father “has been a huge influence.”

Temrowski wouldn’t exactly mind having some championship memories of his own to share in the future.

“The ultimate goal is to win a national championship,” said Temrowski, who aside from his father also acknowledged support he has received from his mother, grandparents, sister, Griebaum and Kevin Schroeder, an assistant while he was at South. “Just to be a part of it would be incredible.”

Temrowski is majoring in biology. Eventually, he said he is considering a career as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

But the work world can wait. In the meantime, Temrowski still gets to enjoy life as an NCAA student-athlete.

“I’m so excited,” he said. “Focus on getting better as a player and person. Trying to win games, win a championship, and we’ll see what happens from there.”