NCAA Lincoln Regional

Friday, May 30, 2008

 

Head Coach Rob Walton

Opening Statement

“I think the biggest key was that we didn’t pitch. Michael came out and he hadn’t thrown the ball like that in a year. In this type of situation, as good as Irvine is, if you’re going to spot them a six-spot early, it’s tough to recover from. If we had put up some zeros, I thought we could make a run. I thought Mark (Serrano) really threw the ball well and gave us a chance and an opportunity to make a run and had a chance to win the ballgame here in the last inning. But if we don’t give up those runs early, obviously it’s a different story. I thought they did really well, and the game was basically won by their first inning.”

 

On UC Irvine starter Scott Gorgen

 “Basically he could throw his off-speed pitches for strikes, which are his cutter and his change. Going into it, I think what you’re trying to prepare for is their starter who has been special. Obviously, he’s up for pitcher of the year. You need to have a solid approach against him, and then you need to be able to control some of their running game and skill game. Basically what can happen to a guy is that he ends up focusing on the runners and not the execution of the pitches. You wouldn’t think that would happen with Mike. He’s an older guy, a senior, but basically that’s what it came down to. He was focusing on not executing his pitches and worrying about runners. If your mind wanders, then you lose focus on the execution and you can’t throw a strike. It’s a bad time for Mike because he’s had a good year, and he only threw 34 pitches. I expect us to pitch better tomorrow and rebound and hopefully Mike will have another opportunity in this tournament to throw again and focus on what’s important.”

 

 

Pitcher Mark Serrano

On Irvine’s six-run first inning

“To be honest, the first inning, you’re not really ready to come in. Once you sit in the dugout after their fourth hitter, they sent me down to get ready as quick as I could. Nobody saw ‘Jar’ pitch like that this year; it was unexpected. But I got ready pretty quick, and coach knew I could throw a lot of innings because I had a couple of starts this year over good teams.”

 

 

Infielder David Genao

On Scott Gorgen

“We knew he was a good fastball-changeup guy. We worked hard on that in practice with the fastball-changeup. We just expected him to throw a lot of changes, and we let those changes down when we needed to and make good moves on fastballs like we have all year. Whenever he left something over the middle, we covered it.”