UNC-NCSU: Mike Fox Postgame

Inside Carolina
Posted Jun 16, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes excerpts from head coach Mike Fox and players following UNC's loss to N.C. State on Sunday.

Mike Fox, Kent Emanuel, Brian Holberton & Chaz Frank
Listen to Audio (9:11)


Opening comments:
“Well, at any time you're facing Carlos Rodon, as good as he is, getting behind is one of the worst things you can do. And it was evident of that today. We've been successful against them in the past from a win-loss perspective, just because we've been able to hang in there with him and match him on the mound on our side and just kind of outlast him. You can see his dominance today, just how good that kid is, just complete dominance, really. Proud of our team, obviously, there at the end, but too little too late. But he's really good, and he was too good for us today.

Mike, when you looked at what Kent did today, what did you see out there out of him and what do you think maybe has been bothering him some these past couple of starts?
“Well, Kent -- when Kent doesn't have the command of his off-speed pitches like he normally does, you know, that's his strength, to be able to throw his change up and his breaking ball at any time at any count, keep the hitter uncomfortable, be able to pitch in with his fastball. And he hasn't had that the last few starts. But hopefully he’s going to get another opportunity out here at some point. And we would not be out here without him. There's no question about that.”

Coach, any worries using eight pitchers? Are there any worries heading into Tuesday's game, what that might mean?
“No. That was all by design, to try to get some guys in the game, get their feet wet, get them on the mound in the World Series and just try to manage the game from the third or fourth inning on. So that was actually good we were able to do that, I think.”

Mike, what's your plan going forward for Tuesday's game? Have you thought about that and do you have any first thoughts just about who you might start pitching?
“I don't. We're going to bear down this game tonight and watch all the hitters obviously on both of these clubs and then make a decision after that. Not sure at this point.”

Coach, obviously a familiar opponent today. How does the approach and the feeling in the environment change in such a different venue here in Omaha at the College World Series?
“I'm not sure I understand the question. Sorry.”

Just the feeling you have, a familiar foe but such a different venue, do you change the approach?
“No. I mean you'd have to ask the players that. It didn't for me. I mean, it's a team that we're familiar with, and we know how good they are, and it's just another opponent that's really good out here that you're trying to beat. So not a different feel, I don't think -- I guess what you're asking is when we play at State and Carolina, it's a little different there, of course.”

Coach, what type of solace do you take into the fact that you guys have not lost back-to-back games for over a year now and the confidence you instill into your team off of that particular stack going into Tuesday?
“Well, they instill that in themselves. I mean, there's a trust factor. That's where we've got to rely on your leaders, on your team. And to rally, and they've been able to do that all year long. So whoever we play Tuesday there will be another good team, really good team. And we'll have to obviously play a lot better. But I have confidence in my guys. It's disappointing today, but you get a day, you get a day, and sometimes that's good. And I have no doubt we'll be ready Tuesday.”

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