Friday Pre-Super Regional press conference quotes: Texas
June 5, 2009
Head Coach Augie Garrido
On playing TCU: They do a lot of little things. They’re well coached. They’re very positive about their approach to the game. They play the college game, meaning a heavy emphasis on pitching and defense and trying to manufacture runs which most of us do. It will be about the little things that go into the game, the momentum shifts of the game are going to separate the two teams and I think it’ll be a big battle.
On Austin Wood’s role as the closer: He wanted to do that because he provides a lot of leadership for this team, not only on the pitching staff. We have a lot of different personalities but they are a very tight unit on this team. Even though their personalities are different, they’re all unselfish and they’re all willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. That’s the common denominator on the pitching staff and that’s why they’ve been so successful. Austin took himself and put himself aside at the beginning of the year because we did not have a closer. His commitment to the team went beyond his own aspirations in professional baseball where starting is where you have the best chance to show your talents. He took on the toughest job there is on a pitching staff, short relief and closer because the team needed him. That attitude, along with his talent, is why he’s been exceptionally successful.
On how what happened in the regionals can affect the team: It can go either way. It’s like everything else. If it’s used right by everyone involved, it can enrich your confidence. If you think you’ve got it made and you think you’re going to win because of what happened and you can do that at any time and you make assumptions, it will go the wrong way. In this game, it can go either way. Nothing produces an outcome that’s predictable. That’s the excitement of it all. It’s about the unpredictable. We’ll see. I think we’ve enjoyed practice. I think we’ve had a good focus at practice. I think the players are looking forward to the game but I don’t think they take things for granted. If they take things for granted, if they don’t stick to the fundamentals of the game and stay focused on the game, bases will slip away from them on offense and outs will slip from them on defense. When that happens, you become less confident and the momentum shifts.
On the team picking each other up: I think it’s about attitude. I think it’s about any unselfish spirit that they have about getting the job done. Being able to over come the adversities and maintain their confidence so when it’s time to perform, they become challenged in a positive way because they’re doing things right all along the way and I think that’s where that success comes from. They don’t panic on whether they’re going to win or whether they’re going to lose. If they don’t get it done, they trust their teammate to get it done.
Senior 3B Michael Torres
On getting the offense going early: It’s just as important as it is in any of the other games. You want to get out there, you want to get on base, you want to score runs and it gets the offense in a rhythm. To give the starting pitchers like Chance [Ruffin] and Cole [Green] some runs early on, it helps them get comfortable. It’s something we always try to do. It’s not just this weekend. It’s a plan that we’ve had all year so hopefully we’re able to do it this weekend.
Junior 1B Brandon Belt
Sophomore RHP Chance Ruffin
On his performance during the regionals: I wasn’t very satisfied with it. It was something that gave us an opportunity to win, something I expect to do consistently, but I’m hoping to go out and do a little better this round, maybe get a little further in the game with a couple more innings.
On his pitching success: I reflect on that kind of thing a lot. Coming into college, hardly any body knew of me. If they did, it was probably more because of my dad than anything. To go from just a middle relief in the bullpen to starting, being a Friday starter has been a huge deal, it has been really exciting for me.
On his pitches and his best pitch: My fastball has a little natural cut on it and usually I throw a slider. The best pitch is a strike for sure.