Game 2: #1 Texas vs. #1 Arizona State - Postgame Quotes
June 11, 2011
Head Coach Augie Garrido
Opening statement: I am glad to be able to keep you in Austin one more night. Terrific game, both teams. Both teams battled it out, and made terrific plays, tough plays, with great throws from the outfield, two for them. A great play with getting the runner at home plate after the ball was hit up the middle, Etier goes to first, the first basemen throws home, and makes a perfect throw home. There were some really outstanding defensive plays from both teams. The game was hard fought all of the way, and was opened up in the ninth with Jordan and his home run. I am particularly pleased with him [Etier], he had a rough night last night, he knows it, and the team knows it. Everybody is thrilled about the way he handled the adversity, and those things in the life in the player are crises when they think that they have let their team down. To come back and handle it the way he did, is what baseball challenges you with, and this is a perfect example of why baseball is important in the educational system. He was motivated by the problem and did a great job tonight. Cole [Green] was outstanding tonight; he gave the innings that we needed to get into the bullpen when we wanted to use them. It was a good team effort, by both teams. It was a well played, well fought college baseball game.
On Arizona State's bunt defense: We took it off because of the way the defense over played it. They do a really great job of bunt defenses. The first baseman was in the right position to stop the play
Senior 2B Jordan Etier
On how his play tonight helped the team: It's great for our team, as far as momentum for tomorrow, and we just have to continue to pick it up.
Senior P Cole Green
On the team's ability to come from behind: We got a really strong survival instinct. That is something that Coach [Garrido] has mentioned, and it's there, and obvious. When we have our backs against the wall, I think a lot comes out in this team; a lot of adrenaline, a lot of focus, in not only myself, but the other players. We did a great job as a team. The bullpen did a great job in coming in and helping me out. We swung the bat well, obviously in the ninth inning we had success and we stuck with our plan. It was a great game.
On tomorrow's game: It's about what we have been through this whole season. We have played a lot of tough series. We have played a lot of series where you have to win two-out-of-three and that's what it has turned down to. The winner of two-out-of-three of this series has an opportunity to keep playing and I think that's the statement. I don't think there needs to be any more said. We're happy we get a chance to play tomorrow. In the game of baseball, you got to have a short memory and we are going to come out tomorrow, business as usual, and prepare ourselves for another tough battle against the Longhorns.
Junior P Kramer Champlin
Junior 2B Zack MacPhee