UNC-UVa: Mike Fox Postgame

UNC-UVa: 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 Virginia on Friday.

Opening comments:
"Tough, hard fought loss. Another one-run loss added to our resume, unfortunately. I thought Benton was sensational tonight; pitched well enough to put us in a position to win. Virginia was just so good at taking advantage of our mistakes and getting some big hits. Tough loss for us, we didn't do enough. I think every inning except one, we had a big strikeout in the inning, a lot of times with runners in scoring position. That's something you can't do, and it is a great credit to their pitching, and it is why they are as good as they are."

What did you think of Nick Howard getting a four-out save?

"He's good. He might be one of the best in the country. His numbers are incredible. We've seen him before, saw him up there. He threw a lot of breaking balls tonight, which is something we saw some of in Charlottesville, we saw that fastball too. You know that fastball is in the back of your mind, and it makes that breaking ball so much more difficult to hit. It is a challenge for every hitter that goes up there because he is very, very good."

Do you think your guys competed well tonight?

"I thought we competed against Florida State, it just may not have looked like it because of the score. We really played tonight and with the position we're in we have to compete. We have to get in there and give it all we have or we're not going to put ourselves in a position to win. I thought we were really competitive tonight against a really good team."

With how many guys you got on, did you expect to have better success offensively?

"Very disappointed. One inning we bunt, we decided to sac, and then we get a couple of big strikeouts. Again, tip your hat to their pitchers. The next inning we hit into a double play. It's one of those situations where we just don't execute when we need to, we get a bunt down, and we have the guys up there we want, and we just can't get a big hit. That's the pitcher versus the hitter, and the pitcher won more than not tonight for them."

How much does this loss hurt for your tournament resume?

"This would've been a big win for us. We have a big game tomorrow. We're going to everything we can to show up and compete tomorrow, and hopefully play a little bit better. Then it really is out of our hands after that."

Is there frustration over the ground-rule double and the runner getting to second on the play at the plate?

"Sure. How frustrated on a scale of 1-10? That all is just part of it. I don't know if Adrian Chacon would have scored on that play or not, but I sure would've been waving him home. Talk about earlier in the game, we swung at a 3-2 pitch over our head and get caught stealing. We swing at ball four in the dirt. Those are reasons we don't score. But, the game swings both ways, and some days you breaks and some days you don't. These one-run games over and over, but it is all over now, and we have to focus on tomorrow."

What do you think this game means for your NCAA tournament chances?

"I do not know. It would just be nice to end this tournament with a win, and not go winless in the tournament. Obviously we won the play-in game, but they'll be something on the line tomorrow, but there has been something on the line for us the last eight or ten games."

You played low-scoring games up in Charlottesville, were you expecting another low-scoring game tonight?

"Yes. This is how Virginia wins. They pitch so well and they have Howard on the back end. You have to try and stay ahead, trying to bunt, you don't want to be behind when he comes in the game because he is so good. That stolen base was huge, we made a good throw and didn't catch it in the right spot, and that was a major play."


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