Matador Minute with Senior Cal Vogelsang - Baseball

The 2013 Cal State Northridge baseball team is diving head first into the season and is now less than a month away from the start of Big West Conference play. Senior centerfielder Cal Vogelsang recently took time to answer some questions as he and the team embark on a 10-game road trip that takes them to Pac-12 schools USC, Washington State and Oregon, as well as Sacramento State.

Q: After fall practices and through January, what is the feeling you get as a ballplayer to be able to finally be back out on the field?

A: "There's nothing like the regular season. We work hard all summer, fall, and winter long for the season. Being on the field in a game is awesome. Being able to go out and compete against the best and show other teams what you have been working on all year is a great feeling. There's nothing like it."

Q: How does playing a grueling non-conference schedule prepare the team by
the time Big West season rolls around?

A: "We have an extremely tough pre-season schedule. I think playing and competing against the best allows us to be better as a team. Seeing good and top notch pitching every game will help us be more prepared coming into the Big West and hopefully allow us to compete and strive for a top spot in our conference."

Q: The team is currently on a 10-game road trip, including a span of six
games in six days. How do you, as a senior, help prepare the team mentally
and physically in order to compete in tough environments each day?

A: "Baseball is a grind sport. We play a lot of games in a short amount of time. We have prepared ourselves this year in the weight room and on the field for situations like this. As a senior we need to have that grind mentality as a whole. We are only into our 8th game of the season. We need this mentality now with 6 games in 6 days as well as in game 52 of the season. We have enough older guys who have done this the last couple years to keep the younger guys in shape mentally and physically."

Q: What is the most important quality your teammates possess outside of
the physical ability to play baseball? How does this contribute to the
team's success?

A: "I think our most important quality we posses as a team is that we all get along. There's no one on our team that doesn't get along with the kid next to them. We have tried to make that a primary focus this year compared to last year and so far it has helped. Playing against USC was a great example of our brotherhood outside of baseball. We lost 2/3 but we fought and trusted one another to battle to the last out. It's a pretty special thing to see a team come together and build a relationship that more than just baseball."

Q: During your one-plus seasons at CSUN so far, you have played center
field, first base and second base, among others. Is there any spot on the
field you would not want to be? Why not?

A: "Honestly, I love playing anywhere on the field. Centerfield being my primary position is by far my favorite place to play. When coach tells me where I'm playing it's another opportunity to show people I can play more than one position. I'll play anywhere and I'll compete at the highest level in any position."

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