Quotes Following Baseball's 8-5 Loss To Boston College



Feb. 19, 2010

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Overall thoughts on the game
"I thought Conrad pitched really well. We were one strike away in the first inning there and couldn't get that third strike. He left two balls up. They're a good club in the middle of the lineup. Obviously, those guys put up big numbers last year and put good swings on them. I thought we saw some positive things tonight but we had some youthful mistakes also. We didn't hold their running game down like we wanted to. We had a couple of situations where we let them extend the inning. I thought we battled hard at the plate against some really good pitching. We saw an outstanding lefty and we saw their closer at the end.

"We go down early and we battled back, but in the end a couple of things happened due to youth or whatever and it got us. We had a balk call. Matty got crossed on the runner there. He hasn't played a lot over there. But they are correctable things. When you're playing as talented a team as Boston College those things will get you. I was encouraged by our offense tonight. We're not going to play the youth card as an excuse. We've got to get ready to go tomorrow."

On the impact made by the Green Wave freshmen
"They handled themselves fairly well tonight - from Crohan to Middleton to Cody to Boudreaux. All of them had some quality at-bats and did some things offensively. Garrett smoked a ball at the shortstop there and had a good walk. They're going to get better as they go. They're talented kids and we knew that, but we would have liked to have gotten a win tonight."

On the errant throw by Matt Ryan in the eighth inning
"He's an outstanding defensive player. It was a throw on the run across the runner. You could tell when he made the throw he had gotten a little off stride because he was trying to throw across the runner. But he also had two hits tonight. When you have a first baseman who can play defense as well as Matt and gets a couple of hits a game, that's a positive."

On if he plans to make any changes to the lineup tomorrow
"You'll see one or two more guys out there tomorrow, but not a whole lot. I thought across the board there, we saw some positive at-bats from every one of our guys tonight. They were able to pitch to Seggy pretty well, but you know he's going to get his share of hits."

On the overall performance of the freshmen on the field
"The thing I was most encouraged by was our freshmen seemed to be pretty collected out there. The first game is out of the way now and the youth card can't be played now. We all know how many freshmen we have. Let's not talk about it anymore. Let's talk about trying to win a ballgame tomorrow."


On his performance against Boston College
"I missed a few pitches and it cost us. They came out swinging and I was trying to be aggressive and a few mistakes cost us a few runs. The defense played well and the bats battled back and gave us a chance. It's a game of failure and you have to learn how to manage it and deal with it. You are always going to battle adversity and I just had to put it behind me and keep going and help the team try and stay in it."

On the team rallying late
"It's three runs but we are very confident. And like Coach Jones said, we are not going to play the youth card. They all came out and played well for their first game and battled at the plate and defensively."


On if he knew he knew he was going to start on opening day
"Bollousa was a game-time decision so I didn't really know. Coach doesn't write the final lineup until I walked out there for BP. Rob Segedin actually went into the clubhouse and told me I was leading off and playing center field. I just went `ha ha'. Then I went into the dugout 10 minutes later and realized he wasn't joking. It was exciting, being my first college game. It was a blast."

On the three-run first inning
"The first inning, it's hard to settle in as a pitcher and that's what happened tonight. He settled down and threw great after that. Threw shutout baseball."

On if he was nervous taking the field
"Once you get out there and you see the crowd is there. You warm up and get ready to play and the nerves go away."