Ohio State vs. Minnesota Game Quotes
May 27, 2007
Ohio State Pitcher Cory Luebke
On his pitching ... "I didn't feel like I had much on my fastball so I tried to get a feel for my off-speed pitches early. I just got ahead of some guys and let the defense turn a couple of double plays and keep me in there a little longer."
On the tournament ... "I think in this tournament we got up on some teams early and anytime you can put some teams up on the guys early, it makes it easier for us pitchers. I think we're just starting to mesh at the same time."
On feeling fatigued when he came out of the game ... "A little bit - that was a bad pitch to Minnesota player Mike Mee, I had a base open and I should have put it outside but he did an alright job going up the middle. I think everyone had confidence in reliever Jake Hale after that. I think that was probably the right time to get me out."
On his game-winning hit ... "I got an opportunity to come in a big situation and that's what I've been doing most the year. It felt good."
On the feeling when coach called his name to hit ... "When there's a lefty coming in, I'm always told to get loose. So I just stay loose the rest of the game because you never know when they're going to bring a lefty in. It was kind of a shocker of a situation I was in but that's exactly what I need when I get up there is that opportunity and coach trusted me."
Ohio State Head Coach Bob Todd
On winning the tournament ... "It's very satisfying to know that this team not only showed a great deal of character but they competed. That's all anyone can ever ask out of a team - to give your all and compete. That's exactly what they did all week."
On calling up Michael Arp ... "This game is a funny game of fate. We've talked to Mike throughout the course of the year that he was going to spot play defensively but more that his role was going to be a right-handed pinch hitter against left-handed pitching. You never know what you're going to get. Mike probably hasn't been in a ball game in 10 days - he's been sitting here all week. Obviously, he's been taking batting practice everyday. It's awful tough what he did. You sit there for nine innings, after you've already gotten warmed up in pre-game warm-ups and then you sit back down and then to get back up and do what he did, it's tremendous for him."
On the pitchers ... "I think both (Cory Luebke and Jake Hale) showed a great deal of guts, a great deal of ability. There is no question that it takes a whole team to win a championship but Luebke and Hale were the cowbell of the whole team."