An Interview with Coach Chris Tracz
The Red Foxes’ trip to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this past weekend was cancelled due to snow.
Instead, The Circle was able to sit down with Head Coach, Chris Tracz for an interview. Since the 2015 season has just begun, Tracz commented on what the Red Foxes have worked on this off-season.
“Coming off a 17-32 year, it’s never the type of year that you want to have. So obviously, we wanted to do something different, and we really challenged our guys in the pre-season to be better players and to make some adjustments,” said Tracz, “We are going to be better on the mound and better offensively. I think we’re a better team, it’s just kind of how it all gels together.”
These improvements were definitely displayed on the field two weekends ago against the University of Virginia as Marist took the Cavaliers to eighteen innings in the third game of the series. Despite playing a tremendous game with the best team in the country, Coach Tracz explained that it is not something to necessarily rejoice about. “On a couple different levels, it really just means that we went 18 innings with UVA,” Tracz said, “At the end of the day it’s a loss, but when you talk about taking things from the early part of the season and seeing positives, that is definitely one of them. We had contributions from a lot of guys. We pitched really, really well, we played defense, and had quality at bats. Those are the recipes for winning a bunch of baseball games. I told the guys after the game, if we played like that against every other opponent, then we’re going to win our fair share of ball games.” Tracz went on to say “in the end, we had chances to beat them, and to walk away with a win would have been great and a really nice reward for all of the hard work that we have put in so far. Right now, we’re just going to use that game as a building block moving on in the future.” Needless to say, Coach Tracz has high expectations for this season, and for good reason.
Recent Wake Forest transfer, freshman left-handed pitcher Tony Romanelli is still yet to have his transfer approved. When asked about Romanelli, Coach Tracz said that Marist “put a waiver in where we requested with the NCAA and we are currently just waiting for them to respond. It’s in the NCAA’s hands and they are reviewing it and going through their process. We knew that we may not get a decision before the season started. Obviously we were hoping for something in the near future. Having Tony transfer in is a positive for our program. We’ve had some success with transfers, and I think without kind of looking at it, he’s from Wake Forest and he is another great player. Hopefully he is somebody that can be a big contributor for us this year, and definitely his next three of four years down the road. We’re excited to have him, but we’re just kind of anxious to get an answer on exactly what the answer is going to be.” Once Romanelli is officially instated, he should prove to be a very big contributor to the Red Foxes’ success.
Marist looks to get .500 on the year as they travel down south this weekend to play a three-game set against Furman.
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