1) Use the emotion. Since an 11-5 loss to Maryland in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, the Blue Jays have had nine long months to think about what could have been. After all, they were the No. 2 seed, the only team in the field to upend top-seeded Loyola, and one of the favorites to capture the national championship. That memory – along with the excitement of a new season's beginning – should fuel the players, Pietramala said. "These young guys, they want to play games," he said. "They've done that for three years, and for many of them that have played for us for three years, this is their senior year. I think they want to put the bad taste of last season's end out of their mouth, and that will take some time. But it's very obvious that they're excited to get back to Homewood Field and play."