MIKE FOX & PLAYERS
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“Pitching and defense. Today’s very typical of a lot of our wins. We don’t look the best in the batters box, but we some how got it done. I thought obviously our pitching did the job. I thought Michael Russell was really good at short and made a couple big plays as Benton [Moss] mentioned too. We capitalized on a couple of their walks and we had a chance to break the game open, just didn’t get it done and the other teams hang around. That’s the NCAA tournament for you and we were able to get Michael [Morin] back out there. Tate [Parrish] came in and got the job done against [Drew] Reynolds. That’s very typical of how we have won some games and need to win some games.”
Any word on the injury to R.C. Orlan?
“No, I haven’t talked to the trainers yet. I don’t think it’s anything serious.”
When Orlan came out of the game, what was his complaint?
“He just said a couple batters before it just started kind of tightening up a little bit and that was all I heard him say.”
Did you bring Michael Morin back in the game because of last night?
“No. No, we brought him in to win the game.”
Your program has beaten ECU 15 straight times at home. What do you attribute that to?
“I haven’t been counting, but some teams just play better against others I guess. I don’t know. They do have a great program. [ECU coach] Bill Godwin and I go way back. National championship at North Carolina Wesleyan in the dugout together, watched our children grow up, so it’s kind of bittersweet for me really.
“I know probably the fans don’t feel that way, but just a general statement, I think the fans need leave Billy alone and let him run his program and take some of the pressure off. Billy’s a good man, he’s a good coach and I think we’ve been very fortunate to have that winning streak against them and it’ll come to an end one of these days I’m sure.”
What went into the decision to pinch hit with Mike Zolk in the seventh inning?
“Mike Zolk is always ready. He’s always ready. He epitomizes how kids should treat a game and respect a game and respect not playing. The kid’s been amazing. Great maturity on his part. He played every day for about forty games and then all of sudden goes right to the bench. Maybe not quite that many. He never flinched. He’s always always ready so I just felt like that was a good matchup and he looks at the ball good. I really felt like he was locked in and going to give us a good at bat. I like to see that attitude rewarded and it was today.”
“We knew that we were on the ropes and I knew we were too, so I just knew that I had to make pitches and I took it one pitch at a time and, as you know, ECU knows how to put the bat on the ball. They made some good contact. I think that we made good plays. We had a key double play. I can’t remember which inning it was in, but we had to play defense today and that we did. I think key pitches and key outs in key situations really helped us today.”
What happened in the seventh inning? Were you tired?
“It was a long [inning] and I don’t want to make any excuses. It was on me. It was a long inning the inning before for the offense. I went out there and tossed a little bit, but I’m always the type of guy that likes to stay rolling and it was a lot longer than the other innings had been so just kind of fell apart. It’s on me for sure.”
How does the pressure from this game help you going into tonight’s game against St. Johns?
“I feel like it was alleviated last night. We knew that we had lost. So either we were going to win or we were going to lose. There’s only two outcomes that can happen and there really is no pressure. You can ask any of the other guys and I think they’ll tell you the same thing.”
BILLY GODWIN & PLAYERS
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