Oregon State-Texas A&M Post-Game Quotes
May 29, 2009
Oregon State Head Coach Pat Casey
'Obviously when you are playing in tournaments, you want to win your first one. We just got done playing a very good team in Texas A&M and got a tremendous start out of Sam (Gaviglio). You got to really tip your hat to the way Texas A&M competed when they were down. I thought we kind of lost our momentum with the big lead and then we didn't do some things on the mound that we need to do to keep those leads. We talked about not worrying about the things we didn't do well, just focus on the fact that we won a ball game. They are tough to win, especially in the big state of Texas against Texas A&M.'
On playing with a young defense:
'We had a freshman at third, a freshman on the mound, a sophomore at first and a sophomore at second. We didn't really know who to start, because we are better defensively in certain areas with certain guys. We really wanted to be good defensively for Sam (Gaviglio), so we tried to put our best defense on the field and we were able to stay that way because we got out to a lead.'
'When you get to this point in the season, you have to play the game. If I'm afraid to play a guy on our 25-man roster, then I'm in trouble. For me, it doesn't really matter who we play, we look at the team we are going to play and we put people to match-up in the order.'
Oregon State freshman infielder Carter Bell
On his day:
'Coach had a good game plan for us before the game and we just stuck to it. We tried to see pitches up and then just try to put good swings on the ball. We found some holes and got a good momentum going.'
On getting a big lead early:
'We knew Sam was going to throw a good game for us like he has all season. We knew that if we could just get a couple of runs up on the board, we knew that we would have a good chance to win the ball game. We were fortunate enough to get a couple of runs up and some momentum and then we held them in the end.'
Oregon State freshman pitcher Sam Gaviglio
On how he felt after getting a lead:
'That was the biggest part of the game today. After we got some runs on the board, it gave me some room to breathe and relax.'
Texas A&M Head Coach Rob Childress
'Well, I don't think that was anything that any of us were looking for today. Both teams are confident in their pitching and defense and for the final to be 9-8 in the first game of the regional, I don't think any of us would have expected that. When it comes right down to it, when you are playing championship baseball, you can't give the other team anything on the mound, defensively and when you get the chance to get big hits, you've got to be able to get those. We came back and made it interesting late in the game, but when you walk six, make two errors and you're not able to finish innings, the result you have today is usually what you get.'
On Oregon State freshman pitcher Sam Gaviglio:
'He did a great job. A true freshman, on the road, in a regional and in an environment that he has probably never seen before, I think he did a phenomenal job. He wasn't overpowering, but he threw three pitches for a strike. You've got to give him credit; that is how you go and pitch with a lead. He did a wonderful job for them.'
On making a comeback in the end
'Without question, we are going to make them earn all 27 outs. Our guys aren't going to quit, they haven't quit all year. They continued to fight today. We definitely had our opportunities, but we never let up from the word `go'. We'll give the same effort tomorrow. We aren't done by any stretch of the imagination, I can promise you that.'
Texas A&M sophomore pitcher Brooks Raley:
On how he felt on the mound Friday:
'I just wasn't pounding the zone. If you don't pound the zone against a good team like Oregon State, you're not going to win games. A couple of those runs weren't earned, but it is my job to get us out of the inning and I didn't do it. I had two outs and a guy in scoring position, but I couldn't close it out.'
Texas A&M senior outfielder Kyle Colligan
On missed opportunities with runners in scoring position
'We had some opportunities where we could have definitely scored some runs and we didn't do that. It's just very disappointing when you look at the game overall. You just feel like you could have done that much more. I could have drove the ball in certain situations and got Luke (Anders) in during the first inning, but I didn't do that. It's got to change, it's got to happen. You've got to drive in runs when you have the chance.'