Baseball Meets The Media In Fort Worth

May 28, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas - After a practice that lasted a little more than an hour, members of the Oregon State baseball team met with the media on Thursday. Here's what they had to say.

Oregon State Head Coach Pat Casey
Opening Statement:
'We're excited about being here. It is a nice place to play, nice yard. We are looking forward to getting on the field.'

On playing Texas A&M and matching up with the Aggies:
'We know that they were ranked No. 1 in most polls to start the season, so we definitely know how talented they are and all of the weapons they have. They have 80 home runs and 74 stolen bases; they are just a very, very good club. We have played each other a couple of times in the last few years at their place and we know how well they can play. We know they are dangerous in all aspects of the game. Anybody that beats A&M is going to have to play the game as well as they can play it.'

On getting his team ready for this weekend:
'I think that if we are trying to coach up our players now, we are in trouble. They know what we need to do and what we expect of them. We are all in this together, but I always tell this to my club in the beginning, middle and end of the season and to the reporters; Coaches get way to much credit and criticism for winning and losing ball games. The players play them and the practices are for us. If we do a good job in practice and then go out and do the things they are capable of doing with confidence and energy, we will do well.'

'Everything that happens outside the white lines are for the people that pay and everything that happens in between them are for the ones that play.'

Oregon State freshman pitcher Sam Gaviglio
On facing Texas A&M's offense:
'It seems like the balls get knocked down going out to left field in this stadium and carry a little more to right field. I just need to keep the ball down and hit my spots.'

Oregon State junior infielder Joey Wong
On having postseason experience heading into the weekend:
'My part on that team was to just go out there and play as hard as I could and do a job. My job was mostly to play defense and hit in the two-hole to move guys around. It was a great experience for me and I think that it will help me be a better leader now as far as knowing what our younger guys are feeling. I know that in my first regional, I was so excited and a little amped up and the upperclassmen did a good job of communicating with me.'

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