Post Game Quotes Princeton vs. Texas (6/3/11)
Head Coach Scott Bradley
Opening statement: First I think what a great environment for the kids to be able to play in. This type of situation, in this type of crowd, and a team with this kind of history and tradition that Texas has, I thought we handled everything pretty well. Whether it was the four weeks that we had off leading into it, we were a little rusty. They scored two off Zak (Hermans) in the first without a hit, and one in the sixth without a base hit either. So that's just not what you want to do when you are playing a team like this is to give them free bases and opportunities to put some runs on the board. Over the last four weeks we were able to inter squad a little bit here and there, but it's tough to duplicate what Texas has in playing live games. We got a little better as time went on. When you have the chance to play with teams like this, like teams in the ACC, SEC, what's noticeable is the athleticism in the outfield, and you see the ground that the outfielders are covering, and the jumps that they are getting are just phenomenal. It even extends to the infield, the play that their second basemen [Etier] made in the last inning kept things from getting really interesting on our side if we were to get the first two guys on base, it would have made it interesting. I am proud of our guys, I am proud of the way they handled the environment.
On his expectations in the game: We were not looking to play a close game by any means we are very disappointed in the result, but it's a double elimination tournament, and I think we have a lot of excited and hungry guys to get back out here tomorrow and play another ball game, and see if we can an opportunity for ourselves to play Texas again.
Sophomore P Zak Hermans
On his excitement in the first inning: I was definitely amped up the first inning. The whole week you go into the game thinking that you treat it just like another ball game, but then you get in the moment and it kind of takes over you. I think that first inning I definitely had some control issues, the adrenaline stuff had something to do with that. Once I got through some of that, I got to pitching like I normally do. I think the wild pitches are definitely un-characteristic of me, and starting off like that was definitely not ideal.
On striking out high school teammate Jonathan Walsh: I think after the first inning I was like okay I obviously hurt myself. I had those walks and the wild pitch, and was not like they hit me, and then I started to do what I normally do when I am pitching. Sure it was fun to get Walsh out both times.
Sophomore SS Matt Bowman
On facing Texas starting pitcher Sam Stafford: I mean he spotted up his fastball, but I'll be honest, not seeing live pitching in real games I think we had to shake some of the rust off like Coach said. I think tomorrow we come out and face a guy similar to him, so I would hope that we do a little better than we did. But I think that once we saw him a few times we hit him a little better.