Thursday, March 22, 2007

Mustangs focused on finals before OSU

Defending national champion Oregon State is coming to town this weekend, and how is the Cal Poly baseball team preparing for this much-anticipated showdown at Baggett Stadium?
By doing nothing.
In what has become a general rule around the Cal Poly campus, head coaches are encouraged to give student-athletes the week off during finals and aren’t allowed to hold mandatory weekday workouts.
The teams aren’t even allowed to play games during the week, which is why this weekend’s series with the Beavers has been pushed back to Saturday-Monday instead of the typical Friday-Sunday series.
While many of his players remain fresh with individual workouts this week, Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee said the break from baseball could be just what the team needs after being swept at Rice last weekend — in a series that saw the Mustangs blow leads in all three games.
“It’s good to break up the routine,” Lee said. “Hopefully they’ll be rejuvenated and accept the challenge that’s ahead of them. They came away last week pretty discouraged on the way we lost those games, but they also know that if they play fundamentally solid baseball they can play with anybody.
"What has to happen is that every facet of the game has to be played at a high level. If not, and one of those areas is your wink link, you’re asking for trouble against good teams like Rice and Oregon State.”
The good news for Cal Poly is that Oregon State is coming off finals week as well, but this Beavers squad is ranked as high as third in the national polls and has won nine straight coming in.

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