vs. Southwest Missouri State
Head Coach Mike Anderson
and foremost I want to say congratulations to Southwest Missouri
State. They were outstanding today. Zimmermann was great. I’m
not sure the last time we were shutout, let alone shut out at
home. He pitched first-pitch strikes and got ahead of us. My hat
goes out to him and to Keith Guttin. In order to win a regional,
you have to go in and take it, and they did.
NU’s game plan against Zimmermann
first five innings we tried to attack early. He was throwing first-pitch
fastballs and doing a great job at that. Once they got a lead,
we went back into our other game plan of make him throw strikes
and get his pitch count up, but he was in control."
Nebraska’s four seniors
four seniors in this program have done so much for us. They have
done nothing but act in a classy way with integrity, and have
played the game hard. I have a tremendous amount of respect for
this team - their class, their integrity, their work habits, and
their intensity. What this program needs every year is to put
ourselves in position to go to Omaha. By winning the conference
championship and getting ourselves a regional at home, we did
that. But in the game of baseball, you’re not going to win
every single game. But we just need to keep ourselves in that
position. It’s a tough loss. It’s a tough loss at
home. But these kids put this team in a position to do that."
Outfielder Daniel Bruce
On SMS pitcher Bob Zimmermann
threw well and had good command of his stuff. He was in the zone
a lot and got ahead of a lot of hitters. We hit some balls hard,
and we didn’t get a lot of breaks. I don’t want to
take anything away from his performance. Zimmermann was very deserving
of the award he was given."
First Baseman Matt Hopper
On the end of his collegiate career
very frustrating to know that it was a do or die game, and we
gave great effort, but we didn’t give them much of a game.
We couldn’t put runs on the board; we couldn’t put
any innings together. It was just kind of frustrating that it
was our last attempt, and that is what we have to go out with."
Pitcher Jamie Rodrigue
On losing the regional final game at home
always tough to lose a regional, especially at home when you fight
back through the losers bracket, which is very difficult to do.
You’re one game away, and yet I want to give Zimmerman a
lot of credit. He threw very well, but it’s difficult for
our team, knowing that if we would have played just a little bit
harder and gotten a few more breaks, that we might have won."
his performance in game one
goal for today was just to go up there and compete as hard as
I could. If this was going to be my last day, just go up there
and give it all that I had. I gave up five runs, but I know in
my heart that I gave it all that I had. I’m proud of this
team and of the players and coaches on this team. It was a great
playing his last game today
was sitting out there in the bullpen in the seventh, eighth and
ninth innings and watching. It didn’t really hit me, and
I don’t think it will until tomorrow when I turn in my uniform.
For Daniel Bruce and the younger guys, they’ll have their
day. Today was mine, and I leave knowing that I’m still
outfielder Jeff Leise
On the end of his collegiate career
loss is a loss. Our season is done. My career is done. It’s
tough to take right now."
Coach Keith Guttin
think we maybe played our finest game of the year in this particular
game. We had to beat a great team twice this weekend on their
home field, and that was difficult to do and a great accomplishment
for our players."
Pitcher Bob Zimmermann
On his performance today
hope I get to do it again next weekend and be able to top it.
It was a fun evening for me. I felt like I was hitting my spots
good, but after the first inning, I didn’t think I would
be able to go much longer because my arm hurt, but then it stopped
hurting, and I just kept pitching.
I was just
hoping to go out there and get five or six innings for us. I was
just going with what he (SMS Catcher Tony Piazza) called."
Catcher Tony Piazza
On Zimmermann’s pitching today
doesn’t have too much besides a great fastball, so we just
tried to mix both sides of the plate well. I just showed him my
glove, and we played catch out there. He probably only threw about
15 off-speed pitches, so he was just working both sides of the
plate really well, and with his good fastball, he was very effective.