Game Three Quotes




May 25, 2006

Purdue Head Coach Doug Schreiber
On his team's performance in today's game ...
"Obviously this was a different ballgame for us than yesterday. We battled. I thought Jay Buente battled for us from pitch one coming back on short rest on a hamstring that isn't 100%. He kept getting better as the game went on. And then our offense battled. When Illinois scored runs, we answered and that was a big key for us. Defensively, I think we played well enough. There were two balls to the outfield that I was a little upset that we didn't catch in crucial situations. But overall, our defense has been good for us and that's helped us. We're in a one-game tournament right now. It's just one game. We'll figure out who we play tomorrow, and we'll continue to play our one-game tournament. If we win that, we'll keep playing. I don't think our players are going to back down from that at all. It's fun. This is obviously not the place you want to be in, but we'll show up to play. If we win, we keep playing."

 

Designated Hitter Spencer Ingaldson
On his role as the lead-off hitter ...
"It was important for us to jump ahead, as it has been all year. It's been a nice move to the lead-off spot. I've been getting on base a lot. It's important for me to keep doing that, and put a spark into the team at the beginning of the inning. It was exactly what we were looking for today."

On falling behind Illinois after the sixth inning ...
"It felt like we were just starting the game all over again. It was a three inning ballgame from there out. We had to win the last three innings. I ended up leading off the seventh inning again, so I had the same approach I had initially. I just wanted to get something started and give the guys behind me a chance to drive me. That's exactly what they did."

On continuing on in the Big Ten tournament ...
"We feel confident. We've played the whole tournament field except for Minnesota. We talked about it before, and no one is heads and shoulders above anyone else. If we get hot, play good defense and get a good starting pitching performance, we're going to be just fine. We're confident and excited to keep playing."

 

Pitcher Jay Buente
On his outing against the Fighting Illini ...
"I pitched all right. My split wasn't there today. It wasn't as sharp as it usually is, and that will determine whether I'm going to throw a shutout or give up some runs. But I just wanted to go deep into the game and save my bullpen because I know we've got a long road ahead of us. I just took it inning by inning and tried not to look at the whole picture. I felt good. It was great having the run support today. I needed it. It helped me relax when were up two runs. It was nice to be able to relax and not worry about having to bear down and get each hitter out."

 

Illinois Head Coach Dan Hartleb
On his pitching staff in the tournament ...
"I was pleased with what our starter, Tanner Roark, did. I thought he came out as a freshman and battled and did a good job. Offensively, we started getting things going, and I made the decision to take Tanner out of the ballgame from the standpoint that he has not gone deep into games this year. You expect your bullpen to be solid and strong, and at times, we've pitched well and at times we haven't. We just weren't very good out of the pen today. I was disappointed with that part. But just like we have all year, I thought our players played hard right up until the end. In the dugout, the atmosphere is always to win, and our players did that. That part I'm pleased with. Obviously, it's disappointing because you fight to get into the tournament, and then we came in and did not perform well. I expected our guys to come in with the attitude to win, but we just didn't get some things done. That part was disappointing."

 

Second Baseman Ryan Hastings
On Illinois' three-run sixth inning ...
"I think that definitely kind of jump started our team, but we knew we had a lot of game left. It was just one of those deals where we were hoping that our pitcher would be able to get some people out. You've got to give all of the credit to Purdue because they came out and battled back and answered with a huge four runs in the top of the seventh. We had a lot of opportunities throughout the tournament to do more offensively and we didn't get it done. But that inning, it's too bad it got wasted."


 

 

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