Postgame Quotes: San Francisco 3, UCLA 0
June 4, 2011
NCAA Baseball - Los Angeles Regional
Post-Game Quotes - Game Two
UCLA Head Coach John Savage:
(on the strike zone): "It's hard to tell. When you're in the dugout, a lot of strikes were being called on both sides. We just didn't fight enough pitches off with two strikes. You've got to fight those pitches off. If it's too close to take, you can't sit there with your bat over your shoulder with two strikes, and you've got to find a pitch you can hit. Zimmer looked fantastic to me. He threw three pitches for strikes, and he threw strikes all night. He threw 80 out of 115 (pitches for strikes). He was pretty efficient."
(on playing Fresno State): "I like Fresno State - they're very offensive. They got off to a tough start today. But they're the WAC champions and they won 40 games. They're just like us - in the loser's bracket and fighting for the next day. It's going to be a challenge."
(On UCLA's offense): "When you get shut out, it's tough to win. Our best at-bats were in the ninth inning. For eight innings we didn't have a whole lot of quality at bats. You like to see that fight, no give-up, but if you see that earlier in the game you may have a couple of runs on the board. Bases loaded, two outs - we had a chance, but he dotted a pitch."
UCLA Outfielder Jeff Gelalich:
(on aggressiveness): "We started off the game maybe a little too timid, and then once they put up some runs I felt like we started trying to make runs and tried a little too hard. In the ninth inning, we settled down and got guys on base. We had the opportunity to get the game, but it didn't work out for us."
UCLA Pitcher Gerrit Cole:
(on his pitching performance): "It wasn't good enough to get a win; that's really all that matters."
(on his fastball): "I thought I had 3 pitches tonight. My fastball command was pretty good."
(on dropping to the loser's bracket): "I think it's more of an opportunity for us to get after it tomorrow and the rest of this weekend. That's how we have to look at it. We can't put our heads down and say poor me. We're looking forward to getting out tomorrow. Trevor (Bauer) especially is. We just have to learn from tonight."
San Francisco Coach Nino Giarratano:
(On how close he came to taking Zimmer out in 9th): "I thought he pitched great all night. It was his game to win or lose. How close did I come? Between yes and no. I was saying yes, our pitching coach said give it to him. I trust his decision making, and I gave it to (Zimmer), and he was able to close it out."
(on Kyle Zimmer): "Kyle was sharp from the beginning. He was able to throw three pitches at any time for strikes tonight. His composure was great, and he hung in there all night. He was able to tilt the fastball and throw a change when he needed it. He got into some trouble at the end but was able to get out of it. What a remarkable outing for him and what a time to have that outing."
(on playing UC Irvine tomorrow): "We knew coming in if we could get it done, what a great team Irvine has. We're going to have to pitch and play defense early tomorrow. Hopefully we can keep them away from the big inning. If we do that, we can stay in the game and hopefully be successful."
San Francisco Pitcher Kyle Zimmer:
(on being the Friday pitcher): "When (Matt) Lujan went down, I still had to push forward and make it happen. Nothing changed - it's the same mound, the same game. I'm just going out there the night before I usually do. I just had to go out there and keep things simple as possible. Just attack like I've seen Matt do so many times and just give the team a chance to win."
(on if UCLA was timid?): "Not necessarily. They have good hitters. I was just trying to take it pitch by pitch and just keep the mentality of closing the inning. There's no breathing room. UCLA is a great team; if you give an inch, they'll take a mile on you. Just need to attack and pound the zone."
(on pitching in the 9th inning): "I wanted the ball when I was out there. I got those two outs and was just trying to keep it as simple as I could - just take it pitch by pitch, knowing every pitch could be the difference in the game. I was trying to slow down my breathing and keep my heart rate down and just attack and do what I had been doing the previous 8 innings."
San Francisco Infielder Nik Balog:
"Just keep it simple - that's what our coach preaches. That's what we work on. Just keep it simple and keep your mind clear. When facing him, it heightens that awareness a bit more."
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