outfielder Matt Gelalich tells us about the non-conference season, preparing
for West Coast Conference play and his post-baseball aspirations. The Waves
host three games this weekend, two against Grand Canyon and one versus Long
Q: The season is off and running, with the last non-conference series this weekend. How has the non-conference season been going for the Waves?
A: I think it has been going well. Probably not as great as we would have liked, but we have a lot of promise. There is a ton of talent on this team, and we just need to put it all together, and I think that we will be fine.
Q: What are some of the adjustments that need to be made before WCC play begins?
A: I think it is a matter
of just firing on all cylinders. There have been games where our pitchers have
been unhittable, but we couldn't hit, and there have been games where we are
hitting well, and our pitchers haven't been as good. We just need to get both
sides of the ball on the same page in the same game, and we will be off and running.
Q: How important is non-conference play to the team?
A: It's huge. We have a
lot of tough non-conference opponents on our schedule this year, and at the end
of the year, if you don't win conference, how you play against non-conference
teams is what gives you your RPI and an at-large bid to a regional. We know
this, and we make sure we take it extremely seriously.
Q: Is WCC play something the team looks forward to with extra hunger? Or do you try to keep the games as just another series?
A: It is definitely something we look forward to. We think that we are the best team in the conference, and we like going out to the other teams and proving it. It is going to be a fun year for sure.
Q: Are there any specific series that the team is looking forward to?
A: We always look forward
to the San Diego series. They are always really good, we are always really
good, and the games are some of the most competitive of the entire year. Plus,
we always like to beat them. They are definitely one of the biggest rivalries
Q: This being your senior year, is there a little extra weight on the way the season plays out?
A: I don't think so, I am just trying to have fun.
This might be my last year playing the game, so I just want to leave it all on
the field and have no regrets looking back on my career.
Q: With draft implications, are you looking to play ball after college, or are you going to hang up the spikes and move to post-baseball life?
A: I would love to keep
playing if I get the opportunity to. That is something that will play out how
it plays out, and if I am lucky enough to have the opportunity, I want to make
the most of it, but if not, I am fine with ending my career as a Pepperdine
Q: Speaking of the post-baseball, what, when baseball finally does end, is your plan? Grad school?
A: I am going to be applying to dental school this summer if I don't get to continue playing. Hopefully that works out, because along with playing baseball, I have wanted to be a dentist ever since I was little. Regardless of the outcome of baseball, I know that I will be happy doing what I love doing.