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NCAA Men's College World Series
Game 14: LSU vs. Texas Post-Game Press Conference Quotes
Hall of Fame Room, Rosenblatt Stadium
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Head coach Paul Mainieri
Opening statement: I think we'll stay around here in Omaha for another day if that's okay. Would have been nice to win today, but [Jungmann] had a lot to do with us sticking around. He was outstanding, he had good velocity and a good slider. This was our first loss in 15 games, it's pretty hard to win every game in baseball, at least that is what they tell me.
About the start of the game and going to Byrd early instead of Cain: The start was terrible, to walk the first batter on four pitches, then they were going to sacrifice and the next pitch wasn't close. Then the error on Gibbs trying to pick off the runner, they scored right away. I thought we were very fortunate that they only scored one run in each of the first two innings. I thought Byrd just has a very different approach than Ross or Cain. [Cain] came in and did a phenomenal job and kept us in the ballgame.
About if he considered starting Ranaudo after the weather cooled off: No. I had no idea the weather was coming, it crept up on us. But I was concerned about Anthony coming back on three days rest. I saw what the weather did to Ruffin yesterday. Ross was charged up to start, and Anthony didn't think he was starting. We have a chance to win the national championship tomorrow night and we have our Friday night starter on the mound. Whoever wins that game tomorrow is going to earn it.
OF Jared Mitchell
About what made Jungmann's pitching effective: He just changed speeds well and kept pitches down. He stayed in the zone and made it tough for us.
About the approach to tomorrow's game following the loss: If we can't get up for tomorrow, we shouldn't be playing. We'll be ready to play tomorrow.
Relief P Nolan Cain
About LSU's confidence going into Wednesday's game: We have Anthony [Ranaudo], Louis [Coleman] and Matty [Ott] who are ready to go and Daniel [Bradshaw] and I are available to get a couple of outs, so we feel confident. This is what we want to play for. Someone's going to be a legend tomorrow. Hopefully it will be us.
Head coach Augie Garrido
Opening statement: There was the rain, and it played an important part in the game tonight. It took the temperature down. It helped Taylor (Jungmann) finish the game. When we got off the bus, it was steamy. His teammates got him the lead. I've always thought that the best thing for a curveball is a four-run lead. We hit some bumpy spots. We had three errors. It was certainly not a game of perfection. We've created another bit of drama.
About whether he was confident in Taylor Jungmann after last night's performance: I was very confident. It was my decision to put him in that position last night. It was a decision made in haste. I put him into something he wasn't prepared for. He is a pitcher and a real good one.
DH Russell Moldenhauer
About his at-bat in the third inning: I was seeing the ball well. I was laying off the sliders, he was throwing low in the zone. I had a hunch he'd come back inside, and he left it up enough for me to elevate.
LF Preston Clark
About performing well today: I felt great. I thought it was just a double. It feels great. I was trying too hard earlier. Good things happen when you have patience and stay behind the ball.
P Taylor Jungmann
About the key to his pitching today: I was staying back. I had a good feel for the ball. I mixed the pitches well.