David Schneider usually takes 3-0 pitches.
Not this one.
"They gave me the green light, and it was right down the middle," Schneider said.
The Eastern third baseman ripped the pitch down the left-field line for a two-run double in Thursday's game against Cherry Hill East.
But it was more than just another hit for Schneider. It was the 129th of his career, setting the school record.
"It's humbling," Schneider said.
The previous record of 128 was set by Nick Tierno, now a senior baseball standout for the University of Delaware.
"Nick Tierno is a great guy, and he was a great player here," Schneider said. "To break his record, it means a lot."
Schneider, a Rutgers recruit, has been a four-year starter for Eastern. He doesn't remember hit No. 1.
"I honestly don't," Schneider said.
Schneider knew before the season he had a chance to break Tierno's mark. He had to reach 100 hits first.
"I was stressing more about 100 hits," Schneider said. "I wasn't stressing about this."
Schneider is entering the final stages of a long and distinguished career. Eastern plays Bishop Eustace in the Diamond Classic quarterfinals on Saturday, with a chance for two more games in the prestigious tournament on Sunday.
On Monday, the Vikings open the South Jersey Group 4 tournament as the No. 1 seed.
"It hasn't really sunk in," Schneider said of approaching the end of his career. "It still feels like just another season, baseball every day after school. I'm sure when I play my last game it will hit me."