Coaches and Players
Head Coach Mike Anderson
The last three days of practice have been
good. We’re thrilled about the workouts. They were upbeat and positive.
Tuesday we started out a little slow and that was disappointing, but since then
it has been outstanding. We’re thrilled to host this regional and think we have
three quality opponents in Coastal Carolina, Southwest Missouri State and Eastern
Michigan. Our focus has been only on Eastern Michigan. I can tell you we have
not looked past them. They are a quality team and at this point, to win baseball
games you have to respect your opponent and go out and play good, fundamental
extremely encouraged about Curtis Ledbetter. He is going to start (Friday), but
we are still deciding whether it will be at designated hitter or left field. Tuesday,
he swung the bat for the first time, and it was a lot better than I expected to
see in terms of his movement. Yesterday was great and today was even better. I
wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent, but I asked Curtis today, and he said he’s 90 to
95 percent ready to play.
Playing at Hawks Field
here is not easy for an opponent, especially when they haven’t been around this
type of atmosphere before. Southwest was here last year, so they probably know
what they are getting into, but as far as the other teams, they probably haven’t
played in this type of ballpark with these types of teams. We’re excited to have
the fans come out, and we’re going to go out and get all over Eastern Michigan.
has the season been after returning after the draft
been awesome all year. We’ve had a lot of success here. All year has been fun
and we’re still playing. We’re one of 64 teams alive right now. We’re right where
we want to be, playing at home. We’re playing good right now so we’re ready to
Expectations of this weekend
think it’s going to be one of those weekends where offense will play an outcome
in the games. You have to take every at bat as a new at bat. Last weekend is over.
It’s time to move on. It’s postseason. We have to score runs and be ready to go
early and often.
the home crowd affect opposing teams?
I think it can.
The crowd can affect the opposing pitcher because the crowd is in it every pitch,
screaming and cheering. It can be the first inning, second pitch of the game and
they’re already all over (opposing pitchers). And we know how our ballpark plays
and how to score runs in our park.
Pitcher Aaron Marsden
On Friday’s starter Quinton Robertson
I have enormous confidence in Quinton Robertson. He was just
named first-team all-conference. He’s been pitching unbelievable the last I-don’t-know-how-many
starts. He’s going to go in and give us the chance to win and that’s all you can
ask for. I’ll go in there Saturday and hopefully give the team a chance to win.