May 22, 2000
JACK LEGGETTThe Teams We played Old Dominion and they are a good baseball team. They are playing well lately. They played well in the Colonial Conference and I think they finished second. I think they finished third in their tournament.
Illinois is a well-coached team. `Itch’ Jones is the coach for Illinois. Good fundamental baseball coach who has been around a long time. They have been playing well in the Big Ten as I have followed them during the course of the season.
I played against Middle Tennessee State when I was at Western Carolina University. They weren’t in the same conference, but we use to play them here and there. I have seen them in a regional before. They are well coached, Steve Peterson does a good job with them. They will have something for us believe me. They are a good baseball team.
At this point, there is not team that gets into a regional that doesn’t deserve to be there and they can’t beat someone else. We just have to be on edge and we have to play well. We have to bring our A game out all weekend long.
Pitchers We will probably throw Mottl in the first ball game. That is what our plan is right now, but we really haven’t had a number one pitcher all season long except for Berney early in the season. We could go with any three of the guys, Mottl, Berney or Schmidt. We still feel like they are going to give us a good effort. The thought right now is to start Mottl.
Playing at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Well right now we are just excited about being at home again. It seems like we have been on the road for a long period of time. We came back today and took BP. We saw that ball going in the gap, you thought it was going out and it landed on the hill. So hey, we are back home. We’re back in the friendly confines with our fans. This is a bigger ballpark, it is a little bit different atmosphere. It will be different for some of the teams coming in here, but we are used to it. We are just excited about being able to play at home. Sleep in our beds and keep our own routine rather than being on the road.
CASEY STONE Playing at Doug Kingsmore Stadium We feel like we have the best fans in the country. Playing at home, I feel like it is a good advantage for us because our fans are so good. We play more comfortable at home. We are the type of team throughout the past that has played better at home. It is a good feeling to know we are going to be at home.
The No. 4 Seed That is exciting too, they kept us in suspense for a while trying to figure out how it was going to be. We have to take care of business this coming week. That is what is most important. You can’t look ahead. You have to take one game at a time. It is most important to take care of business and to get ready for Friday.
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