June 3, 2005
TULANE UNIVERSITY COACH Rick Jones
"It was what I thought it was going to be as I agonized over this all week - it was a really tough ball game. Everyone who saw it knows that the final score is not indicative of how tough that game was.
They brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning. They kept coming at us, swung the bats really well, we did not play our best baseball, and they just kept putting the pressure on us.
I think there were two factors there: one, we've been off for a while and you can't simulate some things, and secondly, when you come in to where we are, I think we came in wanting to do everything right, and maybe we didn't play as aggressive or as loose as we could have. It's good to get this one out of the way.
(On comparisons with the 2001 club)
'01 was '01, and every time we talk about it, I don't think it gives this club the respect that it deserves for what it's done. The parallels ... I'm not drawing from it. Every year and every game is different. This was a real tough game and one we didn't put away until the bottom of the eighth.
(On two-out hitting)
"We did a good job with two outs. We had a lot of good at bats and got some important hits with two outs. That's something we've done well all year long and this wasn't unique for our club."
(On Mark Hamilton)
"He was a great hitter coming out of Texas and he had some wrist injuries and vision problems and LASIK surgery last year, and this year he's missed a lot of BP and had to be held out of some games because of some more wrist injuries. But now he is starting to really get into a groove because he's getting the reps he needs. Today you saw the Mark Hamilton we recruited - a guy who is zoned in and in RBI situations is very aggressive and getting a good bat on the ball."
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY COACH ROGER CADOR
"In baseball you can't give good teams opportunities they don't earn. We did that today and it really burned us. We gave up a lot of walks (6) and when you put that many runners on, with the way that they swing the bat it's going to be difficult to win."
(On Tulane's batters)
Joshua Kirk had so many opportunities when he had two strikes on a batter, but he could not get that third strike to get those guys out. Seems like it must have been six or seven hitters who had two strikes on them, and they fought off good pitches, and finally he gave in with a walk or a hit. (Tulane's hitters) were fighting off tough pitches, buying another strike, getting an opportunity and doing something with it. That's something we preach to our own club, and Tulane did it to perfection today.
(On aggressive base running)
"When you have the ball moving around you want to be aggressive. I don't really care about kids being aggressive and being thrown out, because you're creating opportunities by doing that. Tulane has their way, they just were able to execute it better. When Darren tried to steal, he did that on his own, we don't try to take away aggressiveness.
Tulane may have felt we were good baserunners and did a few things differently, but we weren't stealing a bunch. We only had two steals, but we wanted to create opportunities if the game had remained close. (Aggressive baserunning) is a big part of our game."
(On Tulane's 5-run fifth inning)
"That 5 really took us out. If it stayed close I thought we had a good chance but we couldn't keep it close."
(On Southern RF Gerard Gause)
I thought Gause made some great plays in right field and he had some great at bats for us. We asked him to move and hit in the cleanup spot, he hasn't done that all year, and he stayed within himself and showed everything he is capable of doing.