Postgame Quotes – Creighton vs. New Mexico – Game 5 (June 3, 2012)
Creighton Head Coach Ed Servais
got off to good start. That’s what you need to do in these kind games. We kind
of coasted a little bit in second half of the game but it was a very good
start. Erik gave us a chance to be competitive tonight by pitching six solid
innings. So we’re looking forward to having another opportunity to play UCLA.”
Gerber’s status for tonight’s game): “He's going to try to swing it in about a
half hour, 40 minutes. We’re going to go out to the cage and swing for about 10
minutes. I think it’s highly unlikely that he’ll have an opportunity to play
but we’re going to give it a chance anyways. If he does play, it would be in a
DH role but again, it’s not likely.”
needs to be different for Creighton to win tonight): “We’ve got to get off to a
better start. We’ve got to get into a little bit more of a situational baseball
game, which means we need to get leadoff hitters on so we can do what we like
to do. A little bunt, a little hit and run, steal big now and then but we
didn't have those opportunities last Friday. That being said we know that
they're (UCLA) going to be more offensive tonight too so we have got to find a
way to hold them down. We're not exactly at full strength on the mound.”
Ty Blach would pitch tonight): “He would not pitch tonight. If we’re fortunate
to get by tonight, he would be available tomorrow.”
Creighton Pitcher Erik Mattingly
Mexico’s hitters): “They had some really good hitters. I was fortunate enough
that they hit the ball right at my fielders today. That number 5 kid,
Woodchick, he hit the ball hard four or five times and it was just right at
with an early lead): “That was huge. I kind of had a shaky 1st inning and
couldn't get many of my pitches working. Then Anthony hit the 3-run home run
and it relaxes you as a pitcher. It’s easier to go back out there and throw
picked up by the offense after giving up some early runs): “That's always big
when you give up a run and the offense comes back with two more. Then you give
up another run and again your offense bounces back. It gives you a lot of
confidence as a pitcher to just throw your stuff and throw strikes.”
(on mood of
dugout after Anthony Bemboom’s HR): “Everybody got excited obviously. It’s not
every day our team hits home run so when he did that, especially for 3 runs in
the bottom of 1st inning, it gives the whole team a lift and
everybody gains a little confidence.”
recovering after a shaky 1st inning): “I just had to find some
rhythm in my delivery and throwing all my pitches. I was able to do that by the
2nd and 3rd inning and I felt pretty good throwing my
New Mexico Head Coach Ray Birmingham
"I have to tip my hat to Creighton.
Great job by Creighton. They pitched extremely well. Extremely well and made the pitches when they needed to make them.
I think the world of Ed Servais; he's done a great job with Creighton. He's one
of the good guys in baseball to me. I lose a group of seniors this year that have
been the three reasons I've won two conference tournaments and a conference
championship. And they've made a big impact. The program is growing fast and
getting after it. So it's kind of a hard day for me."
(on promising in Saturday's press
conference that they'd win today) "I broke my promise, and I apologize. But
I promise you things are going to get better. They're going to move forward as I
made that promise five years ago."
(on the team's mood) "It was an
important day. We knew how important it was. It's been said - I think guys
tried too hard. I think they tried to hit the 3-run homer when it wasn't there.
I know Josh Walker was really excited today, and he was trying to make some
pitches, and he didn't make them. Three -run homer set the tempo right away. We
kept battling back and battling back, then we hit a line drive right at
somebody. Eventually you know the baseball gods are leaning one way."
(on pitching difference from last
week): "Gera Sanchez has been going on fumes for the last couple of weeks
and pitching his way through. He found a way to do it. He's just tired. He's a tired
kid and needs some rest. He had to be the go-to guy, and last night I thought
he did as admirable a job as a kid could do with a needle touching empty. And
Josh Walker today was in the biggest game of his high school career. He tried
to throw it by a couple guys and you don't throw it by guys here with 88 or 90.
This is his first Division I year, and I think he had a real eye-opener. But
he'll be back and he'll do real well."
"Creighton's not a bad ball
club. Creighton always plays well late anyway. Ed does a great job with them. Especially
the pitching. That's the one thing you can always count on - fundamental
baseball and great pitching from Creighton."
(on Creighton answering every time
New Mexico scored) "Every time we climbed back on top of the mountain,
they kicked us back down. That affects you emotionally, especially after an
emotional year and a grind and a fight and 61 games. I always tell the kids that
the guy who gets to the top is the team that can pitch and the team that's the
hungriest. Your hunger's gonna get challenged a lot."
New Mexico LF Ben Woodchick
(on if it has set in how amazing the
team's run has been) "Not really. Not yet. But it will. We've accomplished
a lot over the last four years, for me, especially the last three. It means a
lot to have been able to move this program forward like that. It's a positive
step. Guys like Ryan (Padilla) and the underclassmen can continue to move this
program along because it's on the right track."
(on Erik Mattingly's performance)
"He definitely threw well today. We hit a lot of balls hard, a lot of
balls at people. It's just kind of been the thing for us the last two games, maybe
trying to do a little too much. We were hot coming in, and guys were just
trying to do a little too much with each at-bat, but you've got to tip your hat
to him. He obviously threw real well."
New Mexico RF Ryan Padilla
(on Erik Mattingly) "He was around
the zone, he was hitting his spots. We hit some balls hard, but things just
didn't go our way today."