Postgame Quotes - (NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional Game 2)
June 9, 2012
UCLA Head Coach John Savage
(on this year's team compared to 2010) "It's just a bunch of baseball players. It's a lot of the same group that went to Omaha that showed no fear in 2010 and played for a national championship. We don't have the Cole/Bauer effect, but at end of the day, it's a strong minded team that gets along with each other and has very good chemistry. It's a team that every time they step on the field, they feel like they can win. It says a lot about their character. It has a new identity and we'll be going into Omaha with the Bruins across our chest, but with a little different roster."
(on the sophomore class) "Well we've got a bunch of good classes in program right now. It starts with Beau, Gelalich, Keefer, and Griggs, but this sophomore class is special as well. They have great makeup and are team guys. We have a good freshman class as well. Now that everybody has a taste of it, it's great. Everybody can share it and they can pass it on to the incoming class. That's how you build a program."
(on pitching Berg in the 9th instead of Griggs) "This was the most difficult decision of my season. We would not be in a position without Scott Griggs. I do feel bad. I told him in the clubhouse that he's our closer and is going to be our closer in Omaha. I played the hot hand in Berg. They weren't picking him up. They weren't seeing him and I didn't want to change. My deepest sorrow was not getting Griggs in the game at that time. We talked about it, we handled it and we're going to move on. I played the hot hand and David did what he needed to do."
(on if going to Omaha is becoming a habit) "It never gets old. It's like going to one of the biggest bowls or to Final Four. It's the epitome of college baseball to go to the middle of the country in the middle of June and to play for a national championship. To come out of the West, I've always said is the most difficult thing in college baseball to do. This team has found their way to Omaha for the 2nd time in 3 years. It never gets old. It's very difficult to do and we don't take anything for granted. It's a program victory and I can't say enough about our players and their character."
UCLA Pitcher Nick Vander Tuig
(on his last two innings) "As the game went on, I got more comfortable. I started getting better angles on my pitches and started to make better pitches. TCU is a great hitting team. They're aggressive and I just went pitch to pitch and made my pitches."
UCLA 1st Baseman Trevor Brown
UCLA Shortstop Pat Valaika
(on watching the team in 2010 as a high school senior) "Watching the 2010 team the year before I came in, just motivated me to get back there. They didn't take care of business that one year, but the goal when you come to UCLA is to get to Omaha and win the national championship. That's what we've been working towards the entire season."
TCU Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle
(on not being able to get that extra hit to score runs) "We scored three runs in the Regional, all solo homers, and we tell our pitching staff every day that solo homers aren't going to beat you. Obviously it didn't in the last two days. We didn't string enough hits and they certainly didn't give us anything. I think Nick (Vander Tuig) walked one guy, the last guy he faced. Berg was also really good. He made it tough on us. So for a club that needed to hit a homer to get back in the game, it wasn't the right formula."
(on what the team accomplished this year and how things look for next year) "I'm not thinking about next year just yet. I just told the guys out in left field that from our senior class standpoint, four years ago TCU was going to Regionals and winning a game or two before heading on home. This senior class has hosted three Regionals, been in three Super Regionals, been to the College World Series and played within a game of the Championship Series. They've helped elevate our program and certainly that creates more expectations. We sell out our ballpark and we're in the top 10 in the country in attendance. You can go on down the line but I think we're one of eight schools to be in three of the last four Super Regionals, and I think 1 of 10 to be in the NCAA Tournament every year for the last nine years. It's certainly disappointing where we are today, but I feel good about the health of our program."
TCU Right Fielder Branch Rivera
TCU Pitcher Andrew Mitchell
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