BATON ROUGE, La. -- Due to thunderstorms in the Baton Rouge area, the ULM baseball team was forced to practice indoors Thursday in preparation for its NCAA Regional matchup with LSU Friday at 7 p.m.
ULM Baseball Quotes Following Thursday Practice
Head Coach Jeff Schexnaider
"We didn't get to practice on the field because of the weather. We went inside today and that is something we have had to do before. We can't control it, but we still got a good workout in. Our guys are excited and ready to play. It's been a long season and we're not going to get better on groundballs or better on fly ball in one night. They (the players) probably enjoyed being inside and working in the batting cages."
On what it means to make a
"We're happy to bring that excitement to ULM and our Monroe community has been behind us so long and they are really excited. They (the fan base) also appreciate the draw to be here three and half hours away and have the opportunity to come down and continue to support us."
On Friday starter Randy Zeigler...
"Randy has had a great year for us along with some other pitchers. When he is on, the players like when he is out there. They are confident with him and I know he is excited about tomorrow night."
On facing difficult competition
at the Regional...
"I think with our schedule that we have played our guys are used to that. You can't take a pitch off and it will be no different this Friday night. That is usually what decides games; who makes the mistake, and hopefully we can limit those."
Senior first baseman Joey Rapp
On making it to the NCAA
"Everybody's really excited to be here. We knew all along that we were good enough to make it to a regional and it's good prove to people. Everyone's real excited about this opportunity, especially to play at LSU.
"We told everyone all year that we felt we could compete with anyone in the country. We started off a little shaky in conference play, but we shook it off and let our game take care of itself the rest of the season."
On finishing up your career in
the NCAA Tournament...
"There's no better way to finish your career than to continue on to the NCAA Tournament. To make a regional is awesome. I don't think I would have ever thought I would be playing in a regional. It's an awesome opportunity and it's great for this whole team to be a part of."
What it would mean to beat LSU
"I think it speaks for itself how important it would be. We just need to go out there and take it one game at a time. Tomorrow we focus on tomorrow, and if we win tomorrow, we will focus on Saturday. And it will go on like that."
On the mentality of the team
going into tomorrow's game...
"I think this team likes to prove people wrong. We don't have anything to lose and we like to play in front of a bunch of people, we like the big stage. We're just a bunch of grinders and we're going to do what we have to do to win."
Senior Shortstop Jeremy Sy
On the Opportunity to Play LSU at
Alex Box Stadium...
"It's not every day that you get to play in a stadium like this. It's pretty cool. I don't think the jitters have set in yet, but tomorrow I am sure they will be there."
On how to handle the jitters of
playing in the NCAA Tournament...
"You just have to remember that between the lines, it's just baseball. It doesn't matter who is sitting in the stands or what they are saying."
On where this game ranks as far
as biggest games in his career...
"This is definitely No. 1. I never played in any state championships in high school, never got out of the conference tournament until now."
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