Matt Gelalich is a junior outfielder who has been the mainstay in center field for the past two seasons. This year, Gelalich has started in 37 of the 38 games that he played in and is batting .284 on the season with 38 hits and 11 RBI. A force to be reckoned with on the basepaths, Gelalich also leads the team in stolen bases with nine. Gelalich also provides an anchor defensively out in center field. As the Waves head into the postseason, we catch up with him about how the team is looking going into the WCC Tournament.
Q: So the regular season is over, and you are in the WCC Tournament. How do you feel the regular season went? Is the team happy with where it ended up?
A: I think that we are definitely happy that we are in the postseason. We obviously would have liked to win the conference outright, but I think we are happy. We started off a little bit slow, but toward the end of the year we picked it up. We are happy with where we are and how we are playing going into the postseason, and I think that is the most important thing.
Q: The WCC Tournament is in Stockton, California, and the team has won the past two tournaments up there. What kind of confidence does that give you, knowing how well the team has played there?
A: The team is really confident right now. I don't think that we could be in any better spot. We are pitching really well, and we're hitting well. And we feel as though that is our ballpark. We have won it there the past two years, so we are confident that we can go out and win it again this year.
Q: During the regular season, you took two of three from Saint Mary's, and you have them for the first game of the tournament. Does knowing that you won those two games give you a little more confidence going into the first game?
A: Definitely. Even more, I think, we took out their guy, their Friday guy, their best pitcher, and we were able to get on him early, and rough him up a little bit. We are confident not only that we can beat their team, but that we can take out their number one guy.
Q: Now that the regular season is over, will there be any differences in the way the team prepares for the upcoming tournament?
A: I don't know if there will be any difference to how we prepare compared to the regular season. We took it one game at a time and played every game with the same level of importance as every other game. I think that going into the postseason we are just going to prepare the same, and keep playing the game that we know how to play.