Has the past two CWS appearances allowed these guys to be more business-like in their approach?
"I think you learn how to handle [these experiences] from year to year. We've had three years and we've got seniors and juniors that have been in this situation and so I think you learn how to manage the emotions and handle not being too excited, [and] not pressing during these Regionals. I think we pretty much did take that approach for both the Regional and the Super Regionals."
Most of the top seeds have advanced to the CWS. Does that indicate an even tougher field in Omaha?
"I think when you get to the World Series, you can pretty much throw those out. Everybody's good when you get out there, no matter what. I think that's just the parity of baseball. Fresno State winning probably speaks to that – they go into Arizona State and beat them. Anybody can beat anybody this time of year."
Have you set your pitching rotation yet?
"Not really. Alex [White] is going to go Game 1, certainly. I can't imagine that we wouldn't throw Adam [Warren] in Game 2, but we just now, obviously, yesterday found out exactly what day and who, so we're trying to make sure everybody gets on the plane right now. We'll have some time to talk as a staff this afternoon and in the morning."
The players seem focused on the national championship. Is that a good thing or does that present the opportunity for too much pressure?
"I don't want them to be too business-like – I want to be careful about that. I want them to smile and enjoy it out there. I want to be careful about how badly they think they want it… If there is any pressure, I'm going to do everything I can to personally not feel it and for our players not to feel it. I don't think that's fair.
"We all want to win. It's a given that we want to win a national championship in baseball for the University of North Carolina, but I'm not going to let myself think about the last couple of years. I don't want to ruin day-to-day or this year by thinking that we have to do it or that we came so close."
What has been the team's mentality through the NCAA Tournament so far?
"I think it was, ‘Take it one game at a time.' Just go out there and try to play our game, which is pitching and defense and having some timely hitting, and we did that. I think that's the reason we've made it to where we are."
LSU really pounded UC-Irvine. What are your thoughts on them?
"I'll take our pitching over anybody, any time. They've shown up all year. I will say, though, that watching the LSU game [Monday night], they swing the bat well… I think we'll do fine. Alex [White] will show up, I'm sure, so it should be a good game."
How has the team been able to maintain its focus all year long?
"I think the biggest thing is that we're kind of relaxed. We're playing out in Cary, and Coach got on us about not using that as an excuse. We just kind of took that and relaxed and let the year play out, and it's worked to our advantage."
How big of a difference will it be for you going back to the College World Series this year as compared to last year?
"I don't think it's going to be the awe factor that maybe the freshmen will have walking in there. I kind of had that last year, and it's definitely a great place to be, but this time, it's about business and about seeing how many games we can win out there."