NCAA Regional Game One: Kent State 4, Texas State 2 (11 innings) - Postgame Quotes
June 3, 2011
Head Coach Scott Stricklin
Opening statement: That was pretty much what we expected. We expected it to be a pitcher's duel and (Texas State Pitcher) Carson Smith was outstanding for Texas State. (Kent State Pitcher) Kyle Hallock did what he has done all year long. He's just a competitor, he really battles, and I'm really proud of the way he pitched. When we get to the back end of games we feel really comfortable about our bullpen. Justin Gill and Kyle McMillen have been really good. Today, we had some unsung heroes offensively. The middle of our order struggled today but sometimes you see that against really good pitchers. They really bear down and really handle those 3-4-5 guys and they did a really good job with that but our bottom of the order did a great job.
On possibly playing Texas tomorrow night: We're in great shape. Everyone assumes we're playing Texas. Princeton is a good team but I think we are prepared to play Texas. We have a great guy going on the mound tomorrow. (Texas Pitcher) Taylor Jungman is really good. Carson Smith is going to be a top three or four round draft pick and I think Taylor (Jungman) is going to be in the first round. From what I understand, he has had some success here at home. If he's on the mound, we expect it to be a lot like today. We know how Texas likes to play. There are going to try and win 1-0.
Sophomore PH Jason Bagoly
Junior P Kyle McMillen
A big part of the game was [we had] bases loaded and we hit a line drive back through the middle and they catch it. The pitcher makes a great play. Sometimes that's the way it goes. I felt like as the game went on we put some decent swings on a couple balls. This ballpark is bigger than ours obviously. We drove a lot of balls to the base of the fence that at our ballpark and probably a lot of other ballparks they're homeruns. I thought we had some decent at-bats late.
Carson Smith was really good. I can't say enough about his competiveness again to take the mound and I thought he threw exceptionally well and gave us a chance to win. The ground ball back up the middle in the seventh inning I think, probably if he doesn't grab it it's a double-play ball but again that's the way this game works sometimes and that's the way it turned out. I'm certainly proud of Carson's effort today.
On thinking the fly ball in the tenth inning was a homerun: No. I look at the reaction of the left fielder and when you watch enough of this stuff in your lifetime you can watch outfielders and often determine if you think it's going to be out. I was hopeful, probably like a lot of other people, but it didn't turn out.
Junior 1B Casey Kalenkosky
On hitting differently in a big ballpark: You try not to change your approach. You try not to play to the field, you try to go up there and be as consistent as possible. We did barrel up quite a bit of balls but unfortunately today they didn't drop.
Junior P Carson Smith
On getting run support: They put good swings on the ball. We had a line drive back up the middle but the pitcher caught it. We can't really control that. If we take good swings it can happen and baseball's a crazy game.