UNC-FSU: Mike Fox Postgame

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes a transcript of head coach Mike Fox's postgame press conference following UNC's loss to Florida State on Wednesday.

Opening comments:
"I think everybody sees tonight why Florida State is such a good team and had such a good year. That's very typical of how they beat you. They pitch well, don't give you any opportunities, they take advantage when you open the door and obviously the walks there, two-out hits. All of the things you would script out on how to win a game, Florida State just does it, time after time after time. When you give up the big inning, it's hard to recover from that with a team that just pounds the strike zone and makes plays behind their pitchers. The double plays, obviously, were huge for them and just didn't allow us to create any opportunities offensively."

With the emotional win on Tuesday, do you think there was any letdown tonight?
"Gosh, I hope not. That would be taking a lot away from Florida State. I really think they just beat us. We're still fighting for our NCAA lives here. I didn't sense that, but I might ask them that when we get on the bus."

Speaking of the NCAA Tournament, do you feel like your team is in? Or what side of the bubble do you think you're on?
"I don't know. I'm trying not to think about it. We've got to compete better and we've got to try to win a couple of more games here in the tournament. All of that is going to play out based on how we finish here, I think. Not being smart, but we're either going to be in or out. And if we're out, it's going to be our own doing."

Was taking Michael Russell out precautionary?
"That was just precautionary, yes."

How important was it for Cherry and Sisson to give you some quality innings tonight?
"We'll see. We'll find out Friday and Saturday. But we did need to rest those guys. They've been taxed a little bit, so now a couple of days off for Trayner and for Rice and of course Hovis. And then Moss gets another couple of days before he comes back and Gallen, so hopefully that will help those guys a little bit and we'll be fresh for the next two games."

How influential was the double-steal play and the tag at third in the fourth?
"That was big… It was a close play. Those can go either way. They're aggressive. We knew they were going to run and were going to try to run off Taylore. They do a great job getting secondary leads and creating things for them offensively. We made a good throw, but we just didn't get the call. And that's what Florida State does. They take advantage of that. They're as good a team as any that does that."

Are you leaning towards Zac Gallen on Friday and Benton Moss on Saturday?
"No. I didn't mean to misspeak last night. You guys caught me off guard a little talking about pitching. Right now, I think we're going to throw Moss against Virginia on Friday and then Zac Gallen on Saturday."

What did you see from Cherry that allowed FSU to get going against him?
"Taylore's one of those guys where he has to keep the ball down to obviously get some ground balls. He wasn't a good matchup there for Gonzalez… He was pulling those balls foul and hitting the daylights out of them and just left one over the plate that he got up in the air. I think the difference in the two pitchers was that Strode just threw a ton of first-pitch strikes and I don't think Taylore threw enough of those to really set up his other pitches and be able to throw his slider a little bit more. He didn't have enough confidence in it to throw it when he's behind, so they can just sit on that fastball. They're a good fastball hitting team."

Will Russell play on Friday?
"I do not know. I'll have to talk to our trainer and see what his status is."

 

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