NCAA Baseball Press Conference Quotes & Videos
June 2, 2011
SOUTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH RAY TANNEROpening Statement
We're very excited to be hosting a Regional this weekend. We've got three great teams here with us. We're excited to be able to host in a relatively new stadium. Being in a Regional is not something we take for granted. I know the other teams aren't taking it for granted either. We're all excited; we're expecting great crowds, and as we say in Columbia, it's going to be "famously hot." Hopefully we'll have a good regional.
On Starting Michael Roth...
On the experience the team gained from winning the NCAA Championship last year...
PLAYER MICHAEL ROTHOn how last year's College World Series changed his career...
It has definitely changed the course of my career here. I don't know if I'd be a starter if last year's College World Series had not happened for me. It's been great, I've enjoyed being a starter. It's been a lot of fun this year.
On hosting an NCAA Regional at home...
PLAYER ADRIAN MORALESOn the importance of winning the first game this weekend...
It's very important. I'm sure every team in here wants to get that first win. We're going to go in there and try to pitch, play good defense and get clutch hitting. You can't look ahead. Every team here can win this Regional. You have to just look at the first team you're facing and that's Georgia Southern.
On the post-season...
PLAYER BRADY THOMASOn the ups and downs of the last year...
I guess that's all a part of the game. It was a long wait in the fall to hear if I was going to get that extra year of eligibility. We did have a good season as a team. I've been banged up a little bit. I'm getting better. I'm looking forward to the postseason. I'm looking forward to playing three great teams and for our team to keep playing well.
STETSON HEAD COACH PETE DUNNOpening Statement
First of all, obviously, we're certainly happy to be here. It's a great baseball town and a great baseball facility. The last time I was here was in the early 70's with Georgia Southern. We're certainly glad to be back. What a nice facility. Like I said this is super. It's the first time Stetson has been fortunate enough to be in Columbia for an NCAA Regional. There's a lot of firsts going on, but we're happy to be here.
On their draw this weekend....
PLAYER NICK RICKLESOn potentially playing the defending National Champions this weekend...
It's more exciting than anything. The experience we're going to have is one of a kind. Our team loves challenges and playing in this type of environment. I think we're going to respond pretty well to it.
On their expectations for the weekend...
On bouncing back from a tough stretch at the end of the regular season...
PLAYER JEFF SIMPSONOn potentially playing the defending National Champions this weekend....
Yeah, it's a little intense; they're 4th in the country so it's a little intense. That's something we have to go up against. We like to play against people like that; we like to play in this type of environment. We've played against Florida State. I think playing in this type of environment is going to be good for us.
On their draw this weekend...
NC STATE HEAD COACH ELLIOTT AVENTOpening Statement
We are really happy to be in Columbia. We came here a few years ago; it's a great baseball setting. It's a good city. It reminds me a lot of Raleigh, and we are just happy to be here.
On being back in Columbia and facing Ray Tanner
PLAYER GRANT SASSEROn Stetson
Obviously they are a good team, they made it to the tournament. We kind of just don't try to focus on them. We just take it one game at a time. They are an opponent that we are going to have to play, and we need to win. So we are just going to simply focus on what we can do well and how we can win the game against them.
On pitching tomorrow
PLAYER ANDREW CIENCINOn the team's defense
I think that's one thing that we harped on in the fall. We wanted that to be the backbone of our team. So that's the one thing that we worked on all fall, even throughout the spring. I think we take pride in it now. I'm not saying we haven't before, but this year it's a whole new level of pride. Chris Diaz and Matt Berkawitz kind of switched roles this year, but I think that they did a tremendous job. Having Harold at first, he has picked up a lot of things for us and obviously it's just one thing that we take pride in.
Opportunity to play South Carolina
GEORGIA SOUTHERN HEAD COACH RODNEY HENNONOpening Statement
Like everybody at this time of the year, we are just awfully glad to still be playing, and we are exciting about the opportunity that we have here this weekend at probably the greatest venue in college baseball right now. We had the opportunity to play here back in 2009 and it's just a great facility. It's always a great atmosphere here, and I know our kids are looking forward to that. Awfully proud of our team and what we have accomplished up to this point, certainly these two guys [Victor Roaches and Andy Moye] have been a big part of that, and we are looking forward to tomorrow night.
On Victor Roaches' season
PLAYER ANDY MOYEOn coming from the Southern Conference
We do have a competitive conference, and we do put a little a chip on our shoulder. We say we have nothing to lose coming in here, not expected to do too much. We just have to go out there any play our game. We believe as a team, and the coaching staff believes in us, that we can compete with anybody out there. We just have to go out there and execute our game.
On being matched up against South Carolina
PLAYER ERIC PHILLIPSOn making it to Regionals
We are the only team in the Southern Conference to make it in the NCAA Tournament, and we are going to prove that we have got the teams in the Southern Conference to maybe get a few more bids next year. I feel like we've got a good chance, if we do what we have been coached to do.
On facing Michael Roth