NCAA Pre-Super Regional Press Conference

June 5, 2003

NCAA SUPER BASEBALL REGIONAL (at Stanford, CA)
Stanford-Long Beach State
Pre-Super Regional Press Conference Quotes
June 5, 2003

STANFORD

HEAD COACH Mark Marquess

Opening statement
'We're excited to host the Super Regionals again and are playing a very good Long Beach State team. We played them in our Regional here last year and were very impressed with them. They have some unbelievable numbers this year, especially pitching and defense. They are a solid team. This should be a great series for everybody involved.'

On a chance to go to Omaha for the fifth straight year
'We've been very fortunate, had some good athletes and played well at the right time. That's what you need to do. We've been a little lucky and played some close games, but it all gets down to players, and we've had some great players.'

On the series versus Long Beach State
'It basically gets down to who play well. If we play well, we'll have a chance to win and if we don't, we'll get beat. At this time of the year, that's the way it is everywhere. Everybody's playing well. Teams are not here by accident. They are here because they've played well. A lot of teams are capable of winning their Super Regionals and the College World Series. There's so much parity in college baseball.'

On Stanford's pitching rotation for the Super Regional
'John (Hudgins) will go on Friday and (Mark) Romanczuk will be pitching on Saturday. If we win on Friday and have a chance to win on Saturday, I'll use anybody. If we lose Friday and we would go home with a loss on Saturday, I would use anybody to stay alive in the Super Regional. So, I'm not going to name a third starter. We've had a lot of different guys that have done that. I'll do whatever I have to do to win two or stay alive.'

On Long Beach State's probable Friday Starter Abe Alvarez
'He can throw any of his three pitches over the plate on any count and works both sides of the plate. He changes speed well and pitches in and out, and that causes problems. He's a winner and obviously has good pro potential as a second round pick in the draft this week. He's just one of the premier pitchers in college baseball.'

On Long Beach State's probable Saturday starter Jered Weaver
'He's really matured. People that we talk to are very impressed with him. The pitching numbers he has put up this year are scary. He compares to some of the best right-handed pitchers in college baseball with those numbers against some quality competition.'

On facing Alvarez and Weaver
'We'll be facing two of the better pitchers in college baseball in the first two games of this Super Regional. That will be a challenge. It's a little scary but exciting, too. You want to play against the best. They'll test us, and that's what it's all about.'

Ryan Garko

On a chance to go to Omaha for his fourth straight year
'It's a little different this year. Our goal is not just to get to Omaha, it's more about winning a national championship. I don't think this team is going to be satisfied with just getting there. This team really thinks it can win it this year. We've got to take care of business this weekend versus Long Beach State to get there, and if we able to do that, we're not going to be excited just to be there. We really want to win it this year. We've been close the last three years and that experience is going to help us. We're really going to try to finish it out this year.

John Hudgins

On pitching versus Abe Alvarez
'I'm going to have to go toe-to-toe with one of the best pitchers in college baseball. It's a challenge, and I'm looking forward to it. We have that same feeling throughout our staff, to keep the runs down and do our job.'

On a chance to go to Omaha for a third straight year
'It's a great experience in Omaha. It's one of the most exciting things I've ever done in my baseball career. It's the pinnacle of college baseball. It's just exciting to be there with all the fans and the great recognition of the sport. It's the place to be and the dream of hundreds of players.'

LONG BEACH STATE

HEAD COACH MIKE WEATHERS

Opening Statement
'Obviously, we're happy to be here at our first Super Regional. In 1998, we came through here on our way to Omaha. This year, it's a harder regional, having to play that first one in Long Beach. We've been through these type of weekends before. It's been our philosophy all year to put these guys against the best in the country, week in and week out, I think we did that with our schedule. And our philosophy was to win, week in and week out, and I think we did that. That's what we're trying to do, win two out of three and get to Omaha. Our mindset is to get two out of three.'

'Stanford's offense is very explosive. They're playing really well right now. We sputtered with our offense early on, but our pitching has been solid all year. We've rode the backs of our entire staff, especially our starting pitching, and our defense. Between those two things, that's what's carried us. Stanford offensively is a real challenge for our staff. We've faced a couple of those type of teams, in teams like Cal State Fullerton, Baylor and UC Riverside. We've faced those type of teams before, and we're up against it this weekend.'

ABE ALVAREZ

On playing with Stanford's Carlos Quentin, Sam Fuld and Ryan Garko with Team USA last summer
'I know some of the guys from the summer, and I'd say its kind of an advantage for me. I was able to see how they hit. But they also got to see how I pitched. So it goes both ways.'

On losing last year at Stanford
'It's huge for me, knowing that I've faced some of the hitters. It's very motivating to me, after losing last year up here. I've been able to see tape of how I pitched, what worked, what didn't. It's very motivating. Hopefully we'll be able to beat them and go on to Omaha.'

On his game plan
'I just want to stay consistent, make them hit my pitches and go right after them. I just want to stay with my game plan. I'll go with the intensity of the moment.'

TODD JENNINGS

On 26-game hit streak after a slow start
'I took some extra swings. I was seeing the ball well early on, and hitting it hard, but just right at people. Basically if you keep up the same thing, you're going to have success. And now the ball has just started dropping.'

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