June 21, 2005
59TH ANNUAL MEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.
Tulane (56-12) vs. Baylor (46-23)
Tulane Head Coach Rick Jones
"I've been doing this for 30 years and that's the toughest loss I've ever had, no question. Dog-gone. You've got to give Baylor credit. They didn't quit. We didn't have a ball fall our way late and that happens. That's why you play nine innings."
(on the bullpen)
"We went with the guys there at the end that have been our guys all year long."
(on the season as a whole)
"We had 56 wins and we played in the CWS and had a grade-point average of over 3.0. I'm happy to coach these guys and it's something to build on. I think we'll be back and we'll be back pretty soon."
Shortstop Tommy Manzella
(on the emotions)
"That's a tough question to answer. I know all that the guys have been through this year. To have the season end like that you really can't say anything. It's tough to take."
Catcher Greg Dini
(on the strike zone)
"He (umpire) had a good zone the whole game. Just give Baylor credit. I don't think he changed the strike zone all game. He was pretty consistent."
Baylor Head Coach Steve Smith
"There are 27 outs in a game. You can't hold the ball and you can't take a knee, which is good for our team. We were down six runs, but we still had outs and we took advantage of the outs. We got good relief work out of Woody. If we would have lost, I would have been disappointed we didn't play defense and got down six runs. We pitched well enough to overcome it."
Baylor Designated Hitter Zach Dillon
(on being down)
"We got down early, but there was no panic in our dugout. In a way we're playing with our back against the wall and we have nothing to lose."
Baylor Catcher Josh Ford
"To come down from that many runs against Tulane, a team that was ranked No. 1 or near the top all season, was amazing. We had great momentum. I wanted to try to keep it going."
Baylor Second Baseman Michael Griffin
(about comeback being similar to win vs. Texas A&M)
"It's tough when you're down six runs in the second inning. But as Zach (Dillon) said, there was no panic in our dugout. This team hasn't rolled over all season. Coach Smith was calm. We knew we could do it. This is a bigger stage, but we got it done."
Baylor Relief Pitcher Abe Woody
(about his outing)
"I knew we were down a lot, and our pen was running thin. I tried to put up zeroes to give our team a chance to win."