Game 4: Miami vs. Manhattan
Winner's Bracket
Saturday, June 3, 7:05 p.m.


Manhattan Head Coach Kevin Leighton

Opening Statement

“We knew going in that Miami is a tough team. They have a great team. They can hurt you in so many different ways. They’ll put you away. But I’m proud of our guys. I thought they played hard. We have a scrappy group of kids that if people knew where we came from or what we did to get here – the conditions that we have – I’m proud of our kids for that. We battle and we don’t give up. We don’t really care if its Miami or somebody else in the country, we’re going to battle you.”

 

On the difference between yesterday and tonight

“We couldn’t get the big hit. We had our opportunities early in the game. They kind of made a couple mistakes and we couldn’t capitalize.”

 

Starting pitcher Jesse Darcy

On his pitching performance

“I thought my stuff was pretty good, but I didn’t have my best stuff for sure. I hung a few pitches that they hit hard. A couple fastballs were up that they hit line drives. I can’t say that it was my best outing.”

 

Miami Head Coach Jim Morris

Opening Statement

“This was a huge win for us tonight. It puts us in the driver’s seat for tomorrow. We made some mistakes and mental errors, but Manny (Miguelez) and our bullpen pitched well. We’re excited about the win.”

 

On the outlook for tomorrow’s final

“We have been fortunate so far in the tournament, and we have our ace ready to go for tomorrow. What we do is try to figure out the best match-ups to win a tournament, so it’s not always our 1-2-3 guys; this weekend it’s been more 3-2-1. Our bullpen is rested, and we feel good about our position. We just have to come out and play the game.”

 

Left-handed Pitcher Manny Miguelez

On his performance tonight

“I didn’t have my best stuff today. Our defense made some errors, but they also made a lot of crucial plays behind me. I made some pitches and got the job done.”

 

Infielder Jemile Weeks

On his hitting tonight

“I felt like I came out looking for a good pitch to hit, and on both doubles I just put the bat on it.”

 

Infielder Roger Tomas

On not facing Nebraska in the regional

“It doesn’t make it any easier. The other two teams (Manhattan and San Francisco) obviously beat a national seed (in No. 6 Nebraska). By no means is this tournament over, but we’re in a good position because we’ve beaten both of the teams remaining here.”