March 18, 2007
TULANE HEAD COACH Rick Jones
On the Tulane pitching staff throwing four straight shutouts
"You can't over emphasize how special that is - to go an entire week and not give up a run. That's a credit to our pitching staff, the coaching they got and the defense. I've been doing this for a while, and I've never seen that before. "Gomes was the best he's been in quite some time, Loup was extremely impressive, and Zizinia and Rogers both looked good again. It was good to see our pitching perform well."
On the team breaking out offensively with 24 hits against the Saints
"Eventually, if you have good enough hitters, you figure something good is going to happen for you. I thought the baseball gods challenged us a little bit early again today, but we finally got the big blow. Mac hitting the ball off the wall with the wind blowing out got some things going for us and we had some good RBI hits. Once that started, you could see it. You start getting on a role and guys start relaxing a little bit."
On playing so many reserve players in the win
"Another thing that was good to see was getting the guys in the game. There are a lot of guys who have been working very hard who haven't gotten a lot of playing time, so it was good to see them see some action."
More on Sunday's starting pitcher Brandon Gomes
"He threw Wednesday to hitters and I think that helped him, especially with his split-finger. He had better command of it today and had to have that pitch. If you go back and look at it, that pitch got him out of some big situations early. They had the leadoff hitter on three of the first four innings and didn't score, and the split-finger was the difference because he didn't have to give in in fastball counts and throw the fastball every time."
TULANE STARTING PITCHER Brandon Gomes
On the Siena Saints
"They're an aggressive team at the plate and they can put up some runs. We had the advantage of getting into their bullpen today, but for the most part, their starters pitchers pitched really well all week."
On the pitching staff tossing four straight shutouts
"That's pretty cool. I just didn't want to be a part of it the other way around and be the first guy to give up a run. I guess now we have to go for five on Tuesday."
TULANE SHORTSTOP Cat Everett
On Tulane tallying a season-best 24 hits on Sunday
"Coach Jones thought we were having some complacent at-bats and not really committing to trying to hit the ball the other way and driving the ball. That was our focus and I think that's what led to all the hitting. Hitting is contagious and that's when it kind of got out of control."
On breaking through with a nine-run fifth inning
"It was like getting the monkey off your back. Plus it's good to help our pitchers out because that's a lot of pressure on them - to go out there and throw shutouts four times in a row."
On the pitching staff having four straight shutouts
"That's huge for the pitching staff and I'm sure they have a lot of confidence now. And we have confidence in them. It makes it easy to play defense. They throw a lot of strikes so it keeps you on your toes and makes it easy on us."