Game 1 Postgame
Head Coach Mike Anderson
On the game
"It was a tough day all the way around for us. Chris Cody did an excellent job for them. He shut us down and we didn't get a chance to build momentum. We give a tremendous amount of credit to him. We will continue to fight. The best and easiest thing to do is to look forward and fight. We're at that point in the year."
On being surprised by this game
"I'm suprised because we try to win every game, but we knew that Cody was good. We knew that we had to execute to win, but we got no timely hits today. Our guys are disappointed, but we still have life."
On Manhattan pitcher Chris Cody
"His off-speed stuff was good today. He had a good change. He was able to throw his off-speed stuff in hitter's counts and he was able to locate his pitches."
On Manhattan's execution
"I think he (Chris Cody) executed and we didn't. I thought our energy was fine. From a preparation standpoint, these guys were mentally where they needed to be. We just didn't adjust or execute (offensively)."
On Nebraska's confidence
"We will not lose confidence in this team at any time. It doesn't matter who we face tomorrow, we're fighting for our lives, and we just have to go with it."
First Baseman Brandon Buckman
On Chris Cody
"He did a good job changing speeds. We couldn't lay off his change-up. We weren't able to adjust to his change, and he was able to throw everything for strikes."
On the team's reaction to falling into the loser's bracket
"We're fighting for our lives now. We have to come out tomorrow and play Nebraska baseball, and good things will happen."
Pitcher Joba Chamberlain
On the second of the back-to-back home runs in the second inning
"He (Fitzpatrick) caught my slider and hit it out."
On his reaction after the two home runs
"I just had to come back and throw strikes. You still have to attack the strike zone and good things can still happen."
Head Coach Kevin Leighton
“It was everything that they told us it would be. The crowd was amazing. I’m just proud of our guys. These guys are battlers. They’re tough kids. (Chris Cody) pitched a great game and (Matt Rizzotti and John Fitzpatrick) came up big for us. I’m just very happy.”
On his team’s confidence
“These guys have gotten hot down the stretch, especially Johnny (Fitzpatrick). For Matt (Rizzotti) to break out and put us ahead and then Johnny to put us up by two, I think the whole team just said, ‘We can do this, we have the lead now, our guy’s on the mound and that’s all they’re going to get.’”
On Chris Cody’s pitch count
“I think the most he has thrown was earlier this year he threw about 145 (pitches). He’s a kid who, when he has his changeup going, there’s not much stress on his arm. He’s a finesse guy. He was running on emotion towards the end of the game. He would have knocked me out if I would have tried to take him out of this game.”
On what the win means to his program
“This is big. We really thought we could do it. I looked at my guys in the eyes on the bus ride over, and I told them we could do this. I know they believed me that they could do it, as well. For our program, I expect we’ll keep getting better and better. I hope we can keep doing well out here and represent our school, our conference and the northeast well.”
Starting Pitcher Chris Cody
“It was everything I expected and more. I just want to point out that the fans were great. They were into the game, you never heard anything bad out of their mouths and they cheered for their own players. As far as my emotions, it’s hard to find something to compare with that I’m feeling right now. I’m proud of myself. I’m proud of our guys and our hitters. I’m thankful for my hitters. My guys played great defense. I feel like I’m dreaming right now, but I don’t think we’re done.”
On his game plan
“I just wanted to get strike one, out No. 1, and get through the innings. I didn’t have a specific plan. I pitched in the Cape Cod League. I’ve pitched against good hitters before. I was confident with what we had. I was confident that if I let them hit the ball my defense was going to be behind me, and sure enough, they were. I was fortunate enough to have some of the balls stay in the park.”
First Baseman Matt Rizzotti
On how he felt entering the bottom of the ninth inning
“I was just really happy. I was like, ‘This is really unbelievable, and I want to keep hold of the moment.’ I’d really not be nervous and have fun than be nervous out there. I can’t describe it.”
Designated Hitter John Fitzpatrick
On hitting the second of back-to-back home runs
“We’ve gone back-to-back a couple of times this year, so I always think about it. That’s the first thing I think about when Matt hits one, whether I can get a pitch I can drive. (Chamberlain) hung a slider and I hit it.”