UCLA, San Francisco Postgame Quotes
NCAA Baseball - Los Angeles Regional
UCLA Head Coach John Savage:
(on how important strong starting pitching is): "It's critical. We don't score on Fri., we score three yesterday, four today. Like Eric Karros would say, you're only as good as your starting pitcher. We don't want to say that's completely all we have. We don't feel that way, but there's a lot of truth to that. You've got to have good starting pitching in a regional or you're going to go home quickly."
"You don't have much flexibility when you lose the first game. To have Trevor do what he does Saturday and Adam does what he does in the first game (today), you have to tip your hat to them. They put our team in position. That's all you can do from a starting pitcher's perspective. I'm proud of our entire team but certainly Adam today."
(on saving guys): "It's all or nothing, double elimination. When you lose the first game, you can't leave anything in the bullpen. That's just the way it is. You're saving this, saving that, and you're going to find yourself out of the tournament. I'm just glad we could get to two teams standing after the loss Friday."
UCLA Pitcher Adam Plutko:
San Francisco Head Coach Nino Giarratano
(on Plutko): He's a 3 pitch mix. He was able to throw the fastball and elevate it and keep us from getting to middle of it. We had a lot of fly balls today. He was able to move the fastball side-to-side, which gave us fits. He didn't leave many pitches in middle. He was able to throw his breaking ball two different ways. And he was able to use his changeup. I don't care what level you're at - if the guy's a three-pitch mix, it's going to be a tough day, and it was for us until he finally tired out in the (eighth)."
(on ninth inning rally): "I like how we brought the tying run to the plate. In college baseball it seems like the tying run always comes to the plate in the ninth, and we had a guy who could jolt the ball out of the ballpark (Matt Chavez). He got a pitch there but just froze. He got a breaking ball but just didn't pull the trigger. The circumstances were a tough one for him. But I thought last night we had a chance to win the ball game, and today we had a chance to tie the ball game in the ninth, so I'm really proud of my kids."
(on next season): "We lose a lot of pitching and a lot of position players - we lose nine seniors off this club. This was the year for us to be successfull. But we've got a good group coming back. We're pretty deep 1-10, and we saw that today. I thought Jordan (Remer) pitched great today. I like the chances of this club with the kids coming in and the experience we were able to gain here today. I think it's going to help us be successful."
San Francisco Pitcher Jordan Remer
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