Head Coach Nino Giarratano
We’re really glad to be here in
On playing in a big-time atmosphere
I think we probably draw between 300 and 600 fans at our ballpark. We have played in front of some bigger crowds – 2,000 when we played at
I think that it’s extremely exciting for us. It is our first time here, and we’re just soaking up the experience right now and enjoying it every day. Just having fun, going out here and practicing on this beautiful field. It’s just a lot of fun.
I think first when we found out that we got in we totally forgot who we were playing and where we were going. We were just really happy. But then when we slowed down and realized who we were playing, and we knew that they were a good team. They have been here a lot of times, but we know we are a good team too and we are just going to go out there, have fun and play our game.
On leading USF to its first Regional
I think it’s been building since coach got here. He’s done a lot of good work bringing the right people in and setting forth to come closer to make it this year to a regional. Leadership wise, it was just kind of keeping your head down and working as hard as you can. People follow you when you do things the right way. That’s what has taken place in the four years that Steffan (Gartrell) and I have been here.
On calming the team’s nerves
I think if I go out there and play the game of baseball and just help the team realize that we are playing the game of baseball then it will settle everyone’s nerves. If we don’t get caught up in the atmosphere and the fact that we are playing a great team like Miami that has been in this thing 34 straight years and realize that we’re just playing baseball, everything will go a lot smoother. If I can just pitch my game that’s going to help our team out so much more.