June 6, 2005
TULANE UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH Rick Jones
"It was a night that we had to battle more than one opponent, an outstanding Alabama club and the weather. My concern was when we had them yesterday in the situation you want in a double-elimination tournament when we were fresh. But they had a day's rest and gave them the chance to do what they did tonight and that was bring LeBlanc back. He cut us up for a while; he is really good. I was concerned because of that. We were sloppy early and that hurt us. I thought Micah Owings did such a great job; he really stepped up. When we had the delay, he was probably going to come out anyway; he was up around 122 [pitch count]. Daniel Latham, boy was he good, three saves in three days and his stuff was outstanding."
(on Dini's home run)
"Dini's home run was a big blow; it stretched the lead, put us in a position where we got into their bullpen a little bit more."
(on the rain/weather)
"At the end there, my concern was not just Alabama, but the ball was going to be so wet. I thought Manzella did a great job on the last out in the eighth, getting a good handle on the ball. That ball was very wet. You just worry about those kind of things, but it worked out for us."
"Micah's a guy that if you're going to get him, you'll get him in one inning; and that was the third when we bobbled a ball. After that, he got stronger; if you watched him in the seventh, he ran that fast ball and it had life on it."
(on Tulane's ability to respond to opponent scoring)
"We have done that most of the year and it's because we have a veteran club that's talented. We don't press too much. Next week, we'll see how it goes. We get down a run or two and we seem to respond in a positive way. You have to have the ability to do that, but you also need guys who have experience. Our guys have always enjoyed nine innings."
"I'm really proud of our guys. They battled Tulane, which is a very good team. We had opportunities to hit [Tulane starting pitcher Micah] Owings. We were just a hit or two away. And their lineup is dynamite; they have nine hitters. We tried to take Owings out of the equation [two intentional walks], but they have a very solid lineup. [Tulane catcher Greg] Dini hits the home run and a couple of pitchers here and there. That is a very good team; they should get to Omaha and have a chance to win. The main thing is that these guys [Alabama] played their hearts out; effort was never a question all year. They gave us everything."
(on pitcher Wade LeBlanc)
"I expected him to do well, but you never know [on short rest]. He said he felt pretty good and he did pitch well. He got behind Dini 1-0, and it wasn't a bad pitch; but it was a fastball count and their hitters did a good job of not missing when it counted."
(on Tulane's team)
"Certainly they are going to score a lot of runs and they have two number-one type starters. I didn't get to see a lot of their pen, but [closer Daniel] Latham looks pretty good. They don't have any glaring weakness; I think they have a real good shot. Coming out of the SEC and seeing teams that have done real well in our league, they are as good a team as we have seen all year. They have no outs in their lineup."