Thursday Pre-Regional press conference quotes: Boston College
May 28, 2009
Head Coach Mik Aoki
On the development of Boston College’s baseball program: When Gene DeFilippo came in 10 years ago, we did not have a full-time baseball coach. He hired the first full-time baseball coach in history of our program. When we joined the ACC, it took us from a program that had three scholarships to work with to where we’re now fully funded with 11.7 scholarships. In another year and a half or two years, we’ll have a new stadium. There has been a lot of growth in the terms of the level of commitment to Boston College Baseball. I think that has been a big part of it. The first full-time baseball coach, Pete Hughes, did a great job of growing the program in the Big East and enabled us to transition into the ACC. In the four years that we’ve been in the conference, I think we’ve done a better job each and every year.
On playing at UFCU Disch-Falk Field: We’ve played in front of enough big-atmosphere type of places where I don’t think that is something that is going to intimidate us. I believe the ACC is still arguably the best conference in the country, so certainly we’re playing in front of good venues at Miami, Florida State, Clemson and others.
On Texas State: You look at their 41-15 record and they’re also hitting .336 and those are some good numbers. They are a good team and we have our hands full, but I’ve said to these guys that when we play well, we can compete with anyone in the country. I’m really proud of this team and I can say, without hesitation, that we’ve played hard every single game this year. I know that we will go out there tomorrow and compete.
On persevering through injuries during the season: We have had a couple of injuries that have hurt us down the stretch, but the one thing we’ve done well all year long is that we’ve defended it well. I think for the most part we’ve pitched pretty well. Overall, we’ve swung the bats very well also. I think we do a fairly decent job at all three facets of the game.
On the seniors: They have done an unbelievable job leading the team. They have worked to make our fall a much more competitive process. They’ve done a phenomenal job and I think Harry [Darling] and JB [MacDonald] are two of the most indispensible parts of our baseball program. In the years that I’ve coached and the years that I’ve played, I don’t know two kids that have done a better job leading this team. They’ve set the bar a really high level, and they’ve also kept the team fairly loose. We work hard but we also find a way to have fun doing it.
Senior RHP JB MacDonald
On Texas State playing in the Southland Conference: They have a great record and I’m sure they are a great team, so they will come ready to play. I don’t think the difference in conferences is too much of a factor.
Junior C Tony Sanchez
Senior C Harry Darling
On what they need to do in order to move on: We have to win the first game. We have to win that first game, see what happens and stay out of that loser’s bracket.