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Championship Game Quotes
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
06/04/2006
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Manhattan Quotes
Head Coach Kevin Leighton

Opening Statement

“I thought it was just another game for us where our kids came out and battled. For us to have the opportunity to beat those guys (Miami) and to be ahead of them for a little while there and see Coach Morris and their guys getting a little nervous in the dugout that’s what we were living for there. We just took the approach of having fun tonight."

 

"I thought we did a good job tonight. I thought we represented our school, our conference and the northeast in general very well out here.”

 

Starting Pitcher Matt Nevins

On starting after earning the save in the first game of the day

“I just figured I have to give it my all. Any time it’s tough to come back from closing out a game and starting another one. I battled, got out of some jams and the players played well behind me.”

 

Designated Hitter John Fitzpatrick

On Miami pitcher Scott Maine

"He started making more pitches and throwing his curve ball a little more and spotting his fast ball a little bit better. In the beginning I think he was overthrowing a little bit. But he settled down and did a great job just making some pitches.”

 

 

Miami Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Jim Morris

On the game

“First, I want to congratulate Manhattan on its season.  It was a great year for them, and it’s something for their program to build on.  I spoke with their athletic director, and he loves baseball and is committed to baseball.  I also would like to thank Nebraska for hosting this regional.  They did a great job.  The playing conditions were outstanding.  I congratulate our players, including Jemile Weeks, who was named most outstanding player of the regional and Scott Maine for a great job today.  We’re excited to be in a position to advance to Super Regionals.”

 

On the impact of winning the first game in the regional

“Every game in regionals is a big win.  Danny Gil pitched great Friday night.  I’m not sure which game in the regional is the biggest, but winning the second game puts you in the drivers’ seat.”

 

On his thoughts as Manhattan held a 3-1 lead after two innings

“I thought that we had Scott Maine on the mound and that they had better get their runs against him early because they won’t get them late.  The further the game went, the stronger Scott got.”

 

On winning a regional for the 13th straight year

“It’s huge for us to advance through this regional because we’ve struggled at times this year.  To come to Nebraska and win is key for our program.  Winning in the regional helps recruiting and helps keep me at Miami.  To get to regionals and win is what you’re supposed to do at UM.  You’re supposed to go super regionals and win and get to Omaha at Miami.”

 

On leadoff hitter Jemile Weeks

“He set the table for us this weekend and he was able to get some big hits with guys on base.  He puts a lot of pressure on the defense.  When you have a guy that gets on every time, it gives you a lot of opportunities to score.  He plays with his heart out there.  I thought he’d start from the beginning this year.  I just felt he needed reps.  He has a great attitude.”

 

On Super Regional opponent Ole Miss

“We don’t know much about Ole Miss, but we’ll know more about them by the time we play them this weekend.  All SEC teams are outstanding.”

 

On playing on the road

“We have played better on the road than all year long than we have at home.  In 2001 when we won the national championship, we had 13 losses and 12 of them were at home.  We talk about playing well on the road.”

 

Pitcher Scott Maine

On getting stronger as the game progressed

“You get used to hitters as the game goes along and you learn to throw different pitches.  I was throwing Eric Nieto all changeups.  After he hit the home run off me, I started throwing curves and fastballs over the outside corner.”

 

Second Baseman Jemile Weeks

On success during regional play

“You come to Miami to go to the College World Series.  I tried to get on base and do what I could.”

 

On the collision in the third inning

“I saw the first baseman (Matt Rizzotti) and then I didn’t see him and I was on the ground.  I was on the ground wheezing and I got the wind knocked out of me.  I’m glad I got back up.  After I scored, my chest hurt a little, but there were no head injuries.”

 

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