Thursday Pre-Regional press conference quotes: Texas
May 28, 2009
Head Coach Augie Garrido
On managing the emotions of a young team: Being a ball player is not about age. Brandon Loy is a ball player. Taylor Jungmann is a ball player. Austin Dicharry is a ball player. It's not about age. Robyn Yount was a shortstop for the Milwaukee Brewers at 18 years old. If you know how to play ball, you play ball and we have some ball players that I have a lot of confidence in. They're not the same ball players they were when they came in. They're a lot more experienced and a lot more confident. The team has a much stronger character and identity and a sense of being that's not necessary to overcome the adversities. I'm not concerned at all with the ups and downs. Will they happen? Yes. Will we deal with them? Yes. But until they happen, we don't know how.
On playing Army: I would say they possess a strong ability to focus and mental toughness. What I hope is our players are themselves and bring their game to the ball park and play their best. If anybody can beat us when we're playing to the best of our ability, then they really deserve to win. It's as simple as that, and we're going to keep it that simple. How do they handle things? I would say they know how to handle environments by their training. As individuals, they understand how to stay focused and how to be mentally tough and probably not intimidated. The other nice thing is they have everything to gain. Whatever they do, I would expect them to be mentally tough and be able to play the game. They're playing a much bigger game on a much more important stage than when they go into Iraq and places like that. I admire them.
Junior 1B Brandon Belt
On the offense: It seems pretty good to me. Especially over the past couple of weeks, it seems like a few more people have come into their own and started hitting well like Brandon Loy, Michael [Torres] and Travis [Tucker]. It seems like everybody's getting into their comfort zone. I think now all we have to do is go out there and execute. We have confidence that we can go out and hit. We know we can do it. It's just a matter of going out and doing it now.
Senior C Preston Clark
On playing at UFCU Disch-Falk Field: We're comfortable here. This is our home. This is our stadium. We practice here. We sweat and we do all the things we need to do to play off this opportunity. It's in our advantage. This is our comfort zone. This is where we wanted to play the whole time. We didn't want to go anywhere else to play in a regional and super regional. We took care of business early to get this far and the spot where we're in.
Senior LHP Austin Wood
On the struggles of the previous postseasons: I think people are going to make up their minds regardless of what happens here. We can't worry about that. We just have to go out there and do our jobs. We go out there and bust our butts every day trying to reach our goals. If it happens, it happens. If not, so be it. We're going to do our best. We're going to do everything possible to try and get there.