Thursday Pre-Regional press conference quotes: Texas
June 3, 2010
Head coach Augie Garrido
On starting Brandon Workman Friday night: I think that Brandon matches pretty well with this team. One of the things teams to do to him is run on him and it bothers him some. He does a good job of trying to hold that to a minimum. He's going to pitch in some important games. The first two are really important to win and of course you have to finish it off. Still, to go through the winner's bracket is a lot better road than trying to do it the other way. Brandon matches up better because they don't have the overall base running or they don't bunt as much as Louisiana does, for example. I think he's our best choice for this game.
On re-creating Texas' "magical" run last season: You don't manufacture that spiritual part. It's just that kind of chemistry that no one explains really well but it's real. It's our opportunity to get into that groove. What you see happen is you see the teams get better and better as they advance. They continue to gain confidence to a point where they're almost invincible. We did that to a point last year and fell short at the end. However, the best example of that is Fresno State. I watched the last three games and they had guys with broken fingers playing and hitting home runs and pitchers pitching on short-day's rest. They were terrific. I think it's one of the great things about players this age. Once they feel that and think that, their confidence raises to that level. The only way it can get there is by really getting into these tournaments.
Junior RHP Brandon Workman
On last year's success in the CWS: We worked really hard last year. We had a really good season and fell one game short. That's made us want to do a little bit extra and work a little bit more - stay after practice and do extra things, or work extra in the weight room to put ourselves in an even better position to be able to achieve our goals this season.
Junior C Cameron Rupp
On re-creating Texas' "magical" run last season: That stuff's not really predictable. You can't just pull it out of your bag of tricks. It always happens some way. We used it in the regional quite a few times against Boston College, against Army. In the Super Regional, we never really needed it. We went out there and we played our game, and ended up beating them. In the College World Series, that happened a lot of the time. That's just something you can't rely on. You can't expect it to happen. We have a really good ball club. We know how to play the game. We do a lot of little things right. That's what made us so good this year. As long as we continue to play our game, some magic will happen at some point. As long as we play our game, we'll be in good shape.