June 3, 2006
Head Coach John Savage
"I give Pepperdine a lot of credit. [Starting pitcher Paul] Coleman pitched us some problems today. It was 2-0 up until the 9th inning and they outplayed us in innings one through nine. We'll come out tomorrow and be ready to play."
On runners left on base:
"It's frustrating when you have guys left in scoring position and don't knock them in. But you also have to give credit to their pitcher [Pepperdine starting pitcher Paul Coleman]. I thought he pitched extremely well, he's very competitive. He got us to pop-up. We hit the ball in the air way too much. I think we were a little too amped, a little too excited. We went up there and kind of lost our approach."
"[Shortstop Danny] Worth had some great at-bats today. It was 2-0 going into the ninth inning and Dave [Huff] battled without question, but Pepperdine opened up in the ninth inning and put up four runs so that kind of separated us."
On pitching tomorrow:
'Tyson Brummett will be starting tomorrow and I think anybody in my shoes would say TBA. When you're down one game in a regional you have to make sure you don't get too ahead of yourself and you can't start thinking 'who am I going to pitch in the doubleheader tomorrow or who am I going to start on Monday against Pepperdine."
Starting Pitcher Dave Huff
"The first day is always the hardest for me especially in the playoffs now. I ran into a little trouble in the third inning, so I just tried to keep my team in the ballgame and keep putting up zeros."
"I didn't know what to expect. It's the playoffs now. Pepperdine's a good team."
Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
"When you go up against a team like UCLA you know they are going to come out. We were facing Huff [starting pitcher Dave Huff] and he's a possible first-round draft pick so we were just trying to get some great at-bats together and try to put the ball in play as much as you can and try to get the guy in scoring position and try to escape with a run or two and I think we did that for the majority of the game. We got lucky in the ninth by getting a four-spot which gave us some breathing room. Overall it was a great baseball game."
On the night-time conditions:
"It's a concern, but we deal with it on a pretty consistent basis here. It gets dark but you can still play. We've had teams here when that sun gets really dark. It's the conditions you have to deal with and our guys do a pretty good job with that. But in my opinion I don't think the darkness was even relevant."
On errors in the field:
"We weren't exactly the sharpest team in regards to the first couple of innings, but that's when you kind of see what kind of pitching staff you have and you see the guys that can overcome the mistakes the defense might make and to try and keep their offense in the game. He did a great job in regards of keeping the ball down and mixing up the pitches. He just did a tremendous job."
On winning two games in the regional:
"I think the whole team feels really good about what we've accomplished so far. But at the same time we've done this the past two years. I think we've been tired of losing that last game and now we're in control of our destiny and if we play well then we're going to be ok if we don't, it's like Paul said, and anybody can beat you. As long as we go out and do what we're supposed to do I have a lot of confidence in our guys."
On tomorrow's possible opponent:
"We've played them both now so I don't really have a preference. I know either team is going to come out very excited and energetic. The one thing if you think about it that's going against us is that whoever wins is going to have a lot of adrenaline and momentum coming into that game so it's our goal to make sure we go into the game nice and fresh and put up a couple of runs early."
Starting Pitcher Paul Coleman
On today's pitching:
"I was just thinking about it pitch-by-pitch; thinking that I have to go eight or nine and just go as deep as I can."
On a key play in the game:
"I think Adrian [shortstop Adrian Ortiz] throwing the guy out at home really fired me up."