June 15, 2012
UCLA Head Coach John Savage
"The game could not have started any better for us. We were fortunate. We had some plate discipline, had some quality at bats, and we were fortunate we got some runs. I'm sure he (Stony Brook pitcher Tyler Johnson) has not started off a game like that all season long. Like I said, I have a ton of respect for Tyler and the job that he's done. So it was a good way of starting. I thought Adam was himself throughout the game. He pitched out of some problems with second and third. We had first, second, and third and another situation he pitched out of. It was a typical Bruin win, really. Nothing fancy. No big home runs or anything like that. It was just more kind of plate discipline and using the middle of the field. I think we walked eight or nine times and had nine hits, and we played catch and we threw strikes. When you do those things, usually good things happen. It's the first game of our bracket, so there is nothing to celebrate, nothing to get too overly excited about other than we know that we're playing the night game on Sunday. I'm proud of our guys. Another key thing is I think they took the crowd out of the game a little bit. Whenever you put up 5 and they get 0, I think it calms things down a little bit, because that crowd was ready to go, and that team was very dangerous, and they don't quit. So we pecked away, and we won innings. The other day, if you look at the box score, it was a pretty typical game that we played all season long."
(on the formula of having the starters go seven innings and the bullpen taking over): "We have faith in the entire bullpen. It happened to be Berg the last three games, and it looks pretty good and somewhat easy to draw up. But we don't take it for granted. Adam battled. He's up to 112 pitches. Adam has not thrown a lot of pitches in his start this is season, so he's got a lot of gas in the tank. His pitch count has been really low all season long. I told him, you've got some left, and he did in the 7th. It was a big zero. He came back with the 3-0 count, but we handed the ball over to David, and he does what he did. It was a solid win."
(on Cody Keefer's at-bat in the first inning): "Yeah, Keefer's not your typical third hitter. He has no home runs. He's got maybe 10, 12 doubles, but he's an on base percentage guy. He's a money ball guy if you look at him. He sees the ball. He doesn't chase pitches. You've got to throw strikes at Cody. We've put him in that third spot and he's been a tough out. But he's not your prototypical guy. But at the end of the day we get the bases loaded and then they've got to face Gelalich and we want to be in that position. We were bunting 1-0 even 2-0 and after that, we were taking."
(on Stony Brook getting all of the attention heading into the game): "They deserve all the attention they're getting. So everything they got our guys don't read the newspapers. I'm not even sure they watch TV. They're focused. Regardless of who we play, this group has been ready to play when the first pitch goes. They did a great job. Beau, two strikes, 2-2, hits the ball up the middle off of Tyler and kind of sets the tone for the day of beating some infielders. Kevin beat the outfielders with the flyball over his head. It's just been a group that's up to challenges. They enjoy it, and so us being kind of pushed aside, I don't think they felt that way. At the end of the day, they knew they were playing a great team, and a great way to start the tournament."
UCLA Pitcher Adam Plutko
(on the Stony Brook hitters being unable to hit him): "I'm not exactly sure of that answer. I think a lot of it has to do with deception in my delivery. I'm a flat ball pitcher, and I don't shy away from that. It's a lot easier to get outs with the ball in the air than with the ball on the ground. A lot more things can happen that way. I think deception has a large key in that, but they're good hitters. I don't think they executed as well today, but they're good hitters."
(on pitching with an early lead): "Any pitcher knows, you get a lot of confidence when your team starts scoring runs. It makes it easier to pitch. They did a good job coming back in that inning, in the top of the second inning. They really put the pressure on. I got out of it, but it gives the team a lot of confidence, and gives the pitcher, for sure, a lot of confidence."
(on getting the double play in the fifth inning): "Coach and I knew this team was going to be aggressive. That's something we definitely talked about early and the pitch we threw him was a changeup. He rolled it right over to Trevor Brown, and Trevor did a good job of turning it over and throwing it to home. We kind of played their aggressiveness against them a little bit, with runners on in scoring position. Like I said, those guys have been doing it all year long. It was just a good pitch."
UCLA Outfielder Jeff Gelalich
(on the team's plate discipline): "We try to worry about winning each pitch. Try not to look too far into the at bat. Your goal is to beat that pitch. Whether it's you layoff a ball in the dirt or foul off a good pitch. You're competing with him, and you try to beat him on that pitch, and I think we did a really good job of that today."
(on his 2-run single in the first inning): "I think it took the crowd out of it, and helped us relax. It wouldn't have happened if the guys in front of me hadn't gotten on base. By the time I got up there, I had an idea how they were going to pitch. We're trying not to change because we're here in Omaha. We're just trying to have fun."
UCLA Outfielder Beau Amaral
(on Stony Brook starting pitcher Tyler Johnson): "We had a good idea what we were getting into facing him. He's a groundball machine. He is not a big strikeout guy. So we made an adjustment to see the ball up in the zone. We really stuck to it with getting the ball on the ground and just kind of pecking away from them."
(on having early leads throughout the postseason): "It's a big deal getting ahead early in the game. It kind of calms things down, especially here in Omaha, like Coach was saying with the crowd. We knew everybody was going to be rooting for these guys and being able to take the crowd out of it early is a pretty big deal." (on Stony Brook having all of the attention coming into the game): "Two years ago we were in the same situation with TCU. The whole crowd favored them over us. Coming into it, we had to take the crowd out of their game, and not worry about it."
(on how the experience of 2010 helped the junior class): "We kind of know what to expect. We got to come as freshmen, which was one of the greatest experiences ever, and now getting to come back as juniors, we kind of know what to expect and what's coming up ahead. We're kind of using it and passing it along to the younger guys. You can't get caught up in all the fanfare and stuff. You've got to just go out and play baseball and try not to make it anything bigger than that and just have fun."