March 20, 2014
Sophomore Travis Maezes had a great weekend in Charleston, S.C., driving in a run in each of Michigan's four games in the College of Charleston Tournament and hitting .500 (7-of-14) with three runs scored, four RBI, a double, a triple and two home runs. Maezes was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in the 4-3 win over Appalachian State. He had two hits and a home run in the opening game of a doubleheader against the College of Charleston and then hit the first pitch of the nightcap out of the park. He ended the weekend going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the seventh inning of the 3-2 win over Kent State. We talked to Maezes about his weekend in Charleston, what he worked on in the summer and the Big Ten opener this weekend at Indiana.
Q: What were the keys for you to have a big weekend in Charleston?
A: Nothing really changed; I was just trying to stick to having quality at-bats, just staying within myself and not trying to do too much. We're talking a lot about the process, not really worrying about results. This weekend, the results just finally came.
Q: The Big Ten season starts this weekend. Is it a different level of intensity going into conference play?
A: Conference play starting is big for us. We're trying to win a Big Ten championship. We've got to take care of all our Big Ten series. Indiana is first, they're defending Big Ten champs, and they swept us last year. It will be a good test.
Q: What have been the differences between your freshman season and this year?
A: I'm just able to, from year one to year two, slow the game down and trust my routines. It's the second year with our coach now, talking about routines pitch-to-pitch, on the field and at the plate. I'm just able to slow the game down and stay within myself.
Q: What did you work on this summer in Ann Arbor?
A: I got healthy, that was the main goal. I did that and I put in a lot of time in the weight room with our strength coach Jason Cole, and saw a lot of results. I think that's a big part of the success that I'm having and hoping to have this year.
Q: Growing up in Ann Arbor, did you follow Michigan baseball and when did you know you wanted to to go to school here?
A: Growing up, I was a huge fan of football and everything -- hockey, baseball, all those sports. It just kind of happened pretty quickly -- just being an option to come here. I was all for it. I live two miles down the road -- it's kind of hard to turn away.
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