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South Carolina vs. Tennessee Post Game Quotes

April 8, 2012

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Head Coach Ray Tanner
On Adam Matthews bunt in the fifth...
I saw that the first baseman had gone back a little bit, which you normally would do. Adam is really proficient at putting balls down on the first base side and has attempted that a couple of times this year. I saw it was there and gave him the look and (Coach) Holbrook put it out there for him and he executed perfectly.

On the pitching during Saturday and Sunday's games...
I am really proud of our guys, it has been a battle for us. We dug ourselves a hole, so it's our fault. You are looking at a game on Friday night, (Michael) Roth gave us a quality start, we had a one run lead late, we lose the game and now we end up winning the series. Our starting pitching was really good the last two days, our starters did not issue a walk. That in itself will give you an opportunity to win if you catch it and we didn't get a lot of hits, neither did they. But, I'm proud of our guys after losing a tough Friday night game it's very difficult to win back the Saturday and the Sunday game. I'm proud of my guys.

On the fifth inning...
We took a couple of good hacks in that inning, we also had a couple of walks that helped us score some runs. Sometimes you get upset with your hitters, then you realize that you are facing pitchers in the SEC that are pretty good pitchers. So it is a tough scenario. (Drew) Steckenrider is really, really good. It is not easy to ask your guys to go up there and hit this guy. That guy is a special pitcher, so he handcuffed us quite a bit. Like I said that's just pitching in the SEC. I am optimistic, that we are going to get a little bit better offensively as we go. We kind of got stuffed a little bit, but I think we have some guys that have the ability to hit and hopefully we will start showing some progress.

Adam Matthews
On the fifth inning...
Obviously it is something we have been working on and something that we are happy to finally come through with. It is frustrating at times. This game can really be frustrating and be humbling. We just have to keep battling and we got them over, so it was a relief and hopefully we can just continue that throughout this week and through the rest of the season.

On winning the series...
Its huge. it helps us with confidence and it helps us with momentum. We know that we are not hitting like we are capable of hitting we have to continue to come out and just get better, just see pitches and take it game by game. That is a big win for us to take the Saturday and Sunday games.

Colby Holmes
On the game today...
In the pen I felt real good, all of my pitches were working and I just tried to take it out to the mound. Everything kept working for me, my slider was good, the fastball was down. I threw strikes all my pitches were really working.

On winning the series...
We kept fighting. That's what Tanner keeps talking to us about, just keep fighting, don't give up. I'm glad we didn't give up the Saturday and Sunday games. Our hitting will come around eventually right now we are struggling but if we keep playing like we should be everything is going to come around sooner or later.



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