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Postgame quotes: College World Series Championship Series Game Two

Posted Monday, June 26, 2006

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60th NCAA MEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Game 15 Quotes: Oregon State vs. North Carolina
Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.
Sunday, June 25, 2006

 


North Carolina Head Coach Mike Fox
(opening statement): "I like coming in here first. I have to give a lot of credit to Oregon State. They made the plays. It's a tale of two games. We felt good with the lead and then we opened the door for OSU and they took advantage of it. We opened that inning with (Tyler) Graham getting hit by a pitch and then a walk. We've talked about not giving up the big inning. We just couldn't prevent that tonight. (Kevin) Gunderson is a tough player. OSU hit the ball tonight. It just wasn't meant to be and we'll just have to come back out and do it again tomorrow."

(on Kevin Gunderson): "I wasn't surprised to see him today. When you face elimination, you have to get the best guy out there. He's tough, and doubly tough on the left-handed guys. He gave OSU what they needed tonight."

(on pitching for tomorrow): "We're going to start Daniel Bard and he knows to be ready. We got behind today but we've got some rested arms and they're ready to go. Tomorrow is about execution. The box score shows no errors but the little things make the difference, a botched double play or a dropped bunt. We opened the door for OSU by not making those few plays. You always have to be on your toes."

North Carolina starting pitcher Robert Woodard
(on his fourth inning): "My slider just came out of my hand too early and hit Graham. I didn't show the mental toughness that I usually have. I'm just very disappointed."

North Carolina catcher Tim Federowicz
(on mindset for tomorrow's game): "We'll take it like it's any other weekend series. We know that we need to win. We'll just stay relaxed like we have every other game this week and just hope for the best."

(on his night at the plate and mood in dugout): "I saw the ball well tonight. Somehow I knew what pitches were coming. Everyone calmed down after we got the big lead and then we were on cruise control. Then they just came back."

 

Oregon State Head Coach Pat Casey
(opening statement): "Last night when we were up here, we didn't say a whole lot, but one of the things we did say is that we would come out and play hard and play with pride. That's something I can guarantee Oregon State will always do. You saw a bunch of guys play with heart, guts and determination on the field at Rosenblatt. We were down and brought in our closer in the 5th inning. It was a heck of a battle for us."

(about the senior infield): "I really fell it is the best infield defensively I've seen all year long. I've seen them do it all year long."

Oregon State Shortstop Darwin Barney
(about being down 5-0): "We were feeling pretty frustrated. It's not the way we wanted to start the day. We wanted to come out with vengeance. We didn't come out with the plan we wanted to. One spark can change the attitude of the team."

(was Shea's double the spark?): "He went out there and set the tone. It only takes one person to get it going. Then everyone started hitting."

Oregon State Relief Pitcher Kevin Gunderson
(about whether he would go all the way to the end of the game): "They weren't going to take me out. I was in the same situation vs. Baylor last year. I knew it was my ballgame to win or lose. They were going to leave me in there."

Oregon State First Baseman Bill Rowe
(about his home run in the 4th inning): "He threw me a low inside curveball, and I had a check swing. I was looking for a pitch in the zone. The home run pitch was similar to the pitch I checked swing, but a little more over the plate."

 
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