UNC-UMd: Mike Fox Postgame

UNC-UMd: 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 win over Maryland on Saturday.

Opening comments:
"We're ecstatic to have won that ball game. It wasn't easy. Maryland is just playing so well. We knew the game wasn't over. You have to give them a lot of credit for coming back and the resiliency of our team for coming back. It's pretty deflating, obviously, to lose that kind of lead, but I'm proud of our guys for coming back and winning. It was obviously a big win for us. A lot of guys contributed throughout the lineup, which was good to see.

"I'll go ahead and answer this question – I have no idea what this means for Monday. I'm not a politician. We've done what we've done. We'll just wait and see what our fate is on Monday."

Various ACC coaches have talked about how tough this league is and how tough this tournament is. Do you agree?
"I would agree. There are so many good teams in this league. Every weekend is just a battle and every team has really good players. There are some great arms in this league, some great pitching and some really good players. Players that you're going to see at the next level pretty quickly. I think everybody continues to get better. It's a great challenge. It's fun, but it's exhausting at the same time."

How much do you think the committee should take that into consideration?
"Well, I think that's the challenge of the committee. I think there's great baseball played throughout the country in a lot of leagues. I think they have a great challenge. I think it's getting harder and harder because there are so many good leagues and good teams. It helps when our league does really, really well; when a number of teams do really well. It helps. It prepares your team, but it also creates some challenges for the committee. I think this is going to be an interesting year."

Gritty performance by Michael Russell tonight. He appeared to be in a lot of pain. Is it a day-to-day thing with his back?
"I think it will be. There wasn't any situation where he was going to hurt it anymore. He would have never been out there. I know it probably looked bad, but I – and certainly not our trainers and doctors – we would never do that. He wanted to play; he wanted to give it a shot, but we knew he was obviously very limited. But he did some good things there for us in those first couple at-bats. That was pretty gutsy on his part."

What did you see from your freshmen today?
"Yeah, Zac [Gallen] was really good for us. Hindsight is always 20/20, but after those two base hits – not many balls were squared up on him, the homerun obviously, and he had a low pitch count – if we didn't have Trent [Thornton] and Reilly [Hovis] down there, we probably would have let him go another couple of batters. But he's been really good for us lately. He's grown up and pitched well."

And how about the freshman bats in the eighth inning?
"Joe Dudek hasn't had a lot of success lately and it's nice to see those guys stay in there. That was obviously a big hit and then we get a bunt down. Adam Pate hasn't been in there much either, so that's why I said a lot of guys helped us today. Some guys that haven't been in there and played a whole lot. It's great to see. It's great going forward because when kids don't play, it's easy for them to check out. Boy, they were out there trying hard and did some good things to help us win."


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