April 1, 2011
Head Coach Steve Smith
On the pitching performance of T.J. Walz:
"That is not surprising. He is a Team USA guy from a year ago and one of the better guys in our league. We feel like we've got one of the better guys in our league, so we thought it would be a pretty good matchup. And it wasn't a bad matchup. I thought our guy, Logan, once he gave up the two-run homerun really kind of settled down and just started pitching. I think it took him several innings to get adjusted or whatever, get adjusted to the mound or get adjusted to being here. He gave a homerun in the first inning on a two-strike count where we are just trying to throw a pitch off the plate, not even throw a strike, so command was an issue with him early in the ball game, but he got better and therefore we were able to keep it 4-2. We had some chances, but they struck us out a few too many times tonight and we couldn't get a job by the bullpen there late just to keep it close. Tip your hat to them, they played well and certainly he pitched well."
On Logan Verrett's performance:
"This was not (Verrett's) best night, but he competed. After he gave up the home run, I thought he pitched much better after that. He got in a rhythm and really started locating. This was a pretty big zone tonight. That is not surprising. Every umpire has his own zone and we went into this game knowing what the zone was going to be and that is one reason the strikeouts were the way they were on one side. They really did a good job of locating fastballs and locating everything. That is the difference in the game. They just out-pitched us."
On the offensive production in the fifth inning:
"We were able to get a run or two on the board and again when it is 4-2 and you get to the bullpen you got a chance. We just didn't get the hit we needed. We got (Josh) Turley up there in the eighth inning, we got a chance with two guys on and two outs and he gets to two-strikes and then puts a ball in play and their guy flags it down back up the middle, makes a good play fielding it. It is just about making pitches and making plays, whose going to do it the best and tonight they were better than we were."
On tomorrow's game:
"Josh (Turley) has been throwing well. It is a new day. There won't be anything that happened today that will have any impact on tomorrow. After the game tomorrow night we will be talking about either how well we threw strikes and located or how poorly we did. I expecting am expecting that Josh will pitch a very good game for us."
Junior Catcher Joey Hainsfurther
On the game:
"Hats off to (T.J.) Walz. He threw great tonight, threw a really good ball game. He kept our hitters off-balance. Credit to him for just really throwing a great game. Our pitchers didn't throw terrible. Guys ran into a couple balls here or there and put together a couple good innings for them that pulled them ahead. We couldn't seem to string any together except for one inning. Credit their pitching staff for really throwing it well tonight."
On Logan Verrett's performance:
"He was struggling to get in a rhythm a little bit. His fast ball was up. We talked in the dugout a little bit and said we got to get his fastball command and use that to setup his breaking pitches. He set his fastball command the next inning and he was lights out from there. He got in a rhythm and really threw the ball well."
On his plate appearances:
"I felt pretty good at the plate. I got a couple good pitches to hit, but I was trying to put a good swing on it. I was competing on the hit up the middle with two strikes. He threw me a breaking ball and left it over the plate a little bit, so I was able to scoot it through the middle. Other than that I don't think our hitters were taking bad at-bats, he just had great stuff tonight, so hats off to them."
On bouncing back from the loss:
"We have just got to come out with the mindset that we just didn't lose three games. We are ready to play the next one, and that is what it is about. It's not about the past ones. It's about tomorrow, and I think the guys understand that, so we are going to come out competing. "