TCU-Wright State Quotes

May 29, 2009

TCU Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle
Opening Statement
"It was certainly a good ball game. I was a little worried early when they gave us seven free base runners in the first two innings and we only had one run to show for it. I thought that with the exception of one pitch, Gerrish was really, really good. He did exactly what I told you he was going to do yesterday, which is throw a lot of strikes, throw strike one and give us a chance to play defense. I thought Taylor Featherston had a good game defensively. We had a lot of two-out hits, most of our runs were scored with two outs. If we could have bunched those with all of those base-runners, we could have scored more runs. Overall, I am very pleased."

On TCU first regional win at home:
"I don't even think about that stuff. We are here to win a regional. The whole `TCU is hosting a regional' is bypassed. We are beyond that. We are here to win this thing. We've had big wins, in front of big crowds before. I was pleased with the energy of our fans. If this team is ever going to get past winning a regional, we have to put that behind us. That was a great goal. I'm glad we got to that point, but now we have to move forward."

On coming back after Wright State took the lead:
"It was huge, because all of our hits came with two outs. I told the guys this last week that during the conference tournament, I saw some guys hanging their heads after bad at-bats. We talked all week about how the postseason is about the next play. Because if you get too caught up in a bad at-bat, an error or a bad pitch, you're season will be over. If you let those things snowball, you will be in trouble."

TCU junior pitcher Paul Gerrish
On the fan's reaction when he came out in the eighth inning:
"That reaction is always something you want to happen. You want to stay in the game that long. Wright State battled for a lot of tough outs. I had to make some good pitches to get them out, because they weren't going down easy. I got lucky on a few balls that I left up; they only made it to the warning track. Most of the time, they hit it right to our defense and I made some pitches when I had to."



TCU senior outfielder Chris Ellington
On making a quick comeback on Wright State:
"We actually don't think about get back into the game quickly. We think about taking it to the next pitch and what we are going to do when that comes up. There were no signs of urgency in our dugout, because we always play with good energy and looking to the next pitch."

TCU freshman outfielder Jason Coats
On his development as a freshman:
"In the past couple of games, I have been swinging the bat pretty well. I think I came in at the beginning of the year as just a free-swinger without any kind of approach. Coach Whitting has helped me progress as a hitter, developing an approach that would allow me to hit most pitch locations. I am finally feeling like I have put it all together and I am seeing the ball well. I'm making solid contact."


Wright State Head Coach Rob Cooper
Opening Statement:
"First of all, I obviously want to congratulate Jim Schlossnagle and TCU on a good win. Paul Gerrish, I thought, pitched really, really well. He did what he needed to do to win that game. I thought it was a good baseball game, for the most part. Even though we did some things that are kind of uncharacteristic of our club, I still felt like we were in the game at the end. All in all, it was a good baseball game."

On the walks allowed by his pitching staff:
"I'm not the only coach that talks about this, but we talk a lot in our program about trying to win the freebie game. We had 14 either walks or hit by pitches to their two. It doesn't matter if you play a good club like TCU, you're not going to win that game like that. I'll take full responsibility for that. Our guys are good players and they play hard. Maybe we were too amped up and that's my fault. I'm the head coach, so I will take full, 100 percent responsibility for that. I am proud of them, because again, that game could have gotten ugly quickly and our guys kept fighting. We hit some balls hard right at people and we came up short."

On starter Rylan Ostrosky:
"If you are around our team, you know that there's probably no other pitcher with more respect than Rylan Ostrosky because of some of the stuff he has done in his career from a toughness standpoint. For example, three weeks ago, it was determined by a doctor that he has a tear in his labrum. The doctor talked to him about going in and cleaning it out, but Rylan said that he was going to be in the business world in four weeks. He said that he wanted a shot because he didn't want to be without these guys, be around these guys and go out and battle for these guys. We don't win our conference tournament if he doesn't go out and pitches five quality innings against UIC. So, there is no way I could be disappointed in him."

Wright State junior outfielder Casey McGrew
On giving his team the lead with a three-run home run:

"It was definitely a big momentum swing. It was a close game all night and 1-0 at that time. I was just trying to have a good at-bat and keep the inning going with a man on first and second. I was trying to move the runners over and he made a mistake that I got to capitalize on."

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