Game One - Post-game Quotes




May 24, 2006

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Illinois Head Coach Dan Hartleb

On the difference in today's game...
"Obviously, the difference was pitching. We weren't very sharp on the mound and Cole [DeVries] was outstanding. I thought that was one of the top two or three performances on the mound we've seen all year. You have to give him credit. We just have to regroup now. We're in the losers' bracket, but the team we play tomorrow is going to be in the same situation. We've just got to mentally get back on track and try to battle our way back. I just told the guys that it was a great pitching performance against us. Obviously, when you're in a tight ballgame against a good pitcher, you've got to find a way to score some runs. But I think our pitching is getting a little bit out of hand and that allows the other pitcher to settle in. If you look at this game, they just out-pitched us."

Pitcher Matt Whitmore
On his thoughts about how he pitched today ...
"Not very well. I thought I gave them a run in the third inning, but they put the ball in play in the fourth. I could've hit my spots better. I could've done a few other things. It wasn't the way I wanted it to turn out. I just didn't come out very well. I don't know what my problem was to tell you the truth. I just didn't get the job done like I needed to. I felt pretty good; I just didn't get it done."

On whether his shoulder affected his performance ... "It felt fine out there. There was a little soreness here and there, but other than that it felt fine. It had no affect on how I pitched today. I wasn't on a pitch count. I could have gone as long as they wanted me to. The coach just decided to get somebody fresh in there."

Catcher Lars Davis
On Matt Whitmore's outing today ...
"He pitched fine. They are a good hitting ball club, and they hit the balls that were pitched. His control started a little bit early and settled down late. It just got out of hand and got away from us a little bit today."


 

 

On Cole DeVries' effectiveness against Illinois ...
"He used all three of his pitches very effectively today to keep our hitters off balance. We didn't take the best approach today. None of our hitters seemed to be locked in and ready to go. We swung the bats at bad pitches. Luckily, Trevor [Huisinga] did break up the no-hitter. But we need to come out with a better approach next time."

Minnesota Head Coach John Anderson
On Minnesota's performance today ...
"As the manager of the Minnesota Twins, Tom Keller, always used to say, `You're only as good as your next starting pitcher.' I think that was the case today; I think our starting pitcher, Cole DeVries, did an outstanding job. He made a defensive mistake early in the game, but he was able to stay focused. The team battled back to get the lead. I thought we played excellent defense today and Cole DeVries was outstanding out there on the mound. We just executed well enough on offense to get enough runs on the board."

Pitcher Cole DeVries
On his outing today ...
"I knew that when I first went out there, I wasn't going to be at my best right away. I was coming back on two fewer days' rest. Basically, I just made sure that I located my fastball and got my off-speed pitch in there. I felt that was the key to my success today. There aren't too many times when you can throw eight innings and only give up one hit. I walked a few more guys than I would have liked, but it's got to be right near the top of my performances this year."

On gaining momentum from the win ...
"That's on of the biggest things in a tournament or even in a series. If you get that first win, everyone on the team is pumped up and you carry that into the next game. It just keeps on going. The feeling is really hard to beat. The thing we need to try and do as a team is make sure that we stay on a level plain - that we don't have real high highs or get down really low if something bad happens. I really think that we showed that today."

Right Fielder Kyle Baran
On his lead-off double in the fourth inning ...
"Anytime that you can get your lead-off guy on base, especially with a double, it puts you in a good position to move the runner over. The likelihood that you'll score goes way up."

On the importance of putting the ball in play ...
"From a hitter's perspective, we're just trying to put the ball in play, make good swings, get out lead-off hitter on, and try and move him over whether it's with a bunt or a hit to the right side. I think we did a good job of that today and continue with it this week."