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A&M's surprise star shares goals, insights & personal details
Jordan Kirkland: Troy, congratulations on the series win against Texas Tech. You had a couple great at-bats. What have you done this semester that's really helped your hitting?Troy Stein: "Just really try to slow the game down as much as I can. Try and make it not as big a deal as it is. Contributing to the team is a huge deal and that's the way you get in the linuep. Try to slow the game down as much as you can and make it not a big deal at all. Once you slow the game down, it comes back."
JK: Looking ahead, you have San Diego State this weekend ... but you also got a break (no mid-week game) this week. What are you working on this week instead of having to game plan?Stein: "We've had a break Monday and Tuesday. That was a big thing. We're winding down the regular season and it's big to have a couple days off to get your legs back underneath you and get your body back to the shape it needs to be in to play at your full potential."
JK: You didn't start the season as a starter but you 'write your name into the lineup.' What about your play made it so that you had to be playing at all times?
Stein: "You know, there's ... we have a great catching crew. We have three guys that can be out there on any day and it just so happens that I got hot at the right time, I guess. There's nothing those other guys can't do. They're two great players and it just so happened that I got out there and got hot at the right time and that's just how it went."
JK: In high school you started all four years, All-District, and did incredible things. But you were also really involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). You were FCA Athlete of the Year. What about that organization made you want to be a part of it?
Stein: "It's just a great organization. It's a big-time thing to be able to meet up with Christian brothers and sisters and have a relationship with them and get to know them and what they're all about and be in a fellowship with them. It's nice to have a place you can go to pretty much leave baseball aside and realize that your faith is the more important thing. That's what FCA does. It lets you put baseball aside and focus on your relationship with Christ and your faith.
"I got into it in high school and it's hung with me the whole way. I was really glad when I got here that they had an FCA. I got involved in it and it just so happens I live with Jacob (House) and he's the FCA president. It's kind of a big deal. It's been a big part of my success here."