May 30, 2009
TCU Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle
"From the way we played to the energy of the crowd, it was a great night. We had a couple of bounces go our way. Kyle (Winkler) was outstanding, overcoming some walks. For this whole tournament, our theme is 'the next play'; don't worry about what just happened. I know it sounds cliché, but its really how we have to play. Kyle battled through it and we made plays behind him. We got a lot of big hits and it kind of snowballed from there. I thought the energy that our crowd had, even before the game started, it was really neat to see the evolution of the education of the college baseball fan right now in our program."
On Oregon State's patience at the plate:
"Oregon State has a really good approach at the plate. They don't chase pitches. Kyle didn't strike a guy out until the seventh inning. For instance, I thought Kyle pitched similar against BYU, but they were much more aggressive with their bats. Oregon State came into the game with only 50 less walks than strikeouts, so we knew that he was going to have to throw a lot of strikes."
TCU freshman pitcher Kyle Winkler
On his slow start and how he recovered:
"For the first inning, I couldn't really feel my legs. I was definitely nervous. It was a big game for us and our program and I was just happy that I could go out and give us a good enough outing that we could really put it to them tonight. I didn't think I had my good stuff for the entire game until the eighth inning. I was struggling with control and didn't really have my breaking ball. I was bouncing my sinker, so I thought I struggled most of the game. Tonight, in a sense, you could say I was effectively wild."
TCU senior outfielder Chris Ellington
On his progression since coming to TCU:
On his home run:
"It all started with the energy from the fans. They were into it from the first pitch and our dugout and players fed off of that energy. I was just looking for a pitch up in the zone, trying to drive something up the middle. Luckily, the pitcher made a mistake and I ran into it."
"Coach Whitting has really done an outstanding job of teaching me about hitting. I was a free-swinger when I came here and Coach Whitting has taught me all about having an approach and a plan. I've just bought into what he is talking about and that's how I have progressed along. Playing with Carp, Ben Carruthers
and (Matt) Vern; they are great leaders. They teach you how to play the game right. Coming here has really taught me how to play baseball the right way."
TCU senior infielder Matt Carpenter
On Kyle Winkler's performance on the mound:
"Watching Winkler throw tonight was really impressive to me for a lot of reasons. Because of how well he handled himself, he would get runners on and then go right to the next pitch and get a ground ball to get of it. He said he was nervous, but he didn't shot it and that's the main thing. Having him go out with that kind of atmosphere, with that kind of pressure and with what was on the line, to see him compete like that was pretty awesome to watch."
On the confidence level of the Horned Frogs:
"It's pretty high right now. We are feeling good and we're jacked up. Tonight is one of the best nights that we have swung the bats all year. We've known that we were capable of that. We are pretty excited."
Oregon State Head Coach Pat Casey
On starter Tyler Waldron:
"He couldn't get the ball where he wanted it. He left balls in the middle of the plate. He's thrown very well for us in his last couple of outings, outstanding, so we expected him to be a lot sharper. He really had a tough time commanding his pitches and that put us in a tough spot."
On early run-scoring chances in the game:
"We had some opportunities early and we just couldn't get a hit when we needed one. We had a chance, I thought, to get into their bullpen early. After a 130 pitches, I thought we would certainly get some good swings on (Winkler). We just weren't able to do that."
On TCU starter Kyle Winkler's performance:
"It just seemed to me like they were just getting us out every inning. I didn't see any difference from the start to the finish. Once we didn't put any balls in play, he just got more confidence. I didn't think we had a lot of competitive at-bats in the first five or six innings. We just couldn't do anything with him. He got us out when he needed to."
On James Nygren's performance:
"Unfortunately, we had to leave Nygren in there longer than he should have. We certainly didn't think, at that point in time, that we were going to be burning up in pitching having to play tomorrow. Nygren did a nice job, he just shouldn't have had to be in there that long. We just had to go to the bullpen earlier than we expected.
On how the ball plays in Lupton Stadium:
"It doesn't look like a pitcher's park to me. The way the ball has played here, I think it has played fair and carried.