Nebraska vs. San Francisco
Postgame Quotes
NCAA Regional
Saturday, June 3, 2006

Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson

Opening Statement

“Obviously disappointed in the results. I’m not disappointed in our kids, just disappointed in the results. Sitting down in that dugout you could really feel what this team is about. They did not want this to finish. They did not want this to end. Just didn’t get the results that we wanted. But again I’m not disappointed in my kids at all, just didn’t get the results that we wanted when we wanted them. I felt that our pitching and defense would help us and we needed timely hitting. I don’t think that happened and it cost us the ballgame. But we move on with this group. We make sure that these young men have the incredible feeling from being at the University of Nebraska.”

 

On not getting timely hits

“We got a little hesitant, but our team tried to fight through it. You could see it by the fact that we would get a base knock or have a good at bat and then we just couldn’t get it done. Just couldn’t get the timely hit. Those stretches happen, you just don’t want them to happen late in the year.”

 

Outfielder/Designated Hitter Andy Gerch

On facing good pitching the last two games

“Those guys weren’t anything we haven’t seen all year. We play in the best pitching conference in the country. We see that week in and week out. We just have to take it upon ourselves. I think we just kind of fell back on our heels and didn’t go out and attack.”

 

Pitcher Tony Watson

On the balks

“You just have to come set. They were on it and they were on it yesterday, so I should have known.”

 

 

San Francisco Head Coach Nino Giarratano

Opening Statement

“We played extremely hard today, and we played well in contrast to yesterday’s game against Miami. Aaron (Poreda) made pitches early, and our defense was flawless.”

 

On the mindset coming in to today’s game

“I was disappointed last night from seeing our performance as a team that won 38 games this year. It’s a step in the right direction, though, anytime you win (a game) in your first regional.”

 

On the second inning

“Momentum is so crucial. We hadn’t really had a break in four games, so we made the most of it with a good bunt. Those three runs (in the second inning) really catapulted us to a good position.”

 

On Nebraska

Nebraska is a great team. Today just shows that anything can happen on any given day in college baseball. Nebraska is a great representative of the No. 6 national spot.”

 

On the rest of the tournament

Manhattan is playing great right now, and Miami beat us soundly last night. We just need to continue to play like we did today. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we’ll need to pitch and have defense. It’s tough to come through the loser's bracket, but I like where we are. There is a lot of good baseball left for fans.”

 

 

Left-handed Pitcher Aaron Poreda

On his mindset coming in to today’s game

“I thought I had a great shot (against Nebraska). I knew our defense and offense would take care of it, and I just kept making pitches. There was definitely a lot of pressure because we’ve never played against a crowd of this magnitude.”

 

On the team’s experience at its first regional

“This has been a great experience. We’ve never been in an NCAA regional before, and these are the kind of memories you’ll remember forever, and we’re here to make the most of it.”

 

 

Outfielder Joey Railey

On the team’s strategy against Nebraska

“We wanted to make them hurry. Their mistakes opened the door for us.”

 

On the team’s experience at its first regional

“Just like Aaron (Poreda) said, this has been unbelievable. We’ve never played in front of so many people, and there is so much talent here in this tournament. It has been a wonderful experience.”