Q&A with Coach Petrini
University Park, Pa., February 1, 2007--The Penn State softball team finished last season with a school-record 39 wins and earned bids to both the Big Ten and the NCAA Tournaments. The team hopes to build on that success as the 2007 season approaches. The Nittany Lions open at the Carolina Classic, taking on No. 2 Tennessee and North Carolina State on Feb. 10. With several weeks of practice behind them and the season opener approaching, Coach Petrini discusses Nittany Lion softball.
How are practices going?
How are the freshmen progressing? Are they ready for the season to start?
Who will be the biggest surprise for the team this season?
You open the season with the No. 2 team in the country [Tennessee] and then play two teams receiving votes [NC State and UNC]. How are you preparing for those challenges?
Currently, there are 12 teams ranked and receiving votes on your schedule. How will this schedule benefit the team?
Can Nittany Lion fans except anything new in the pitching philosophy with Jocelyn as the coach?
How will not being about to practice outside impact the team in the first tournaments?