Texas A&M-Wright State Quotes

May 30, 2009

Texas A&M Head Coach Rob Childress
Opening Statement:
"It was just a great game. A whole lot of toughness on our part, finding ourselves down 2-0 before we even knew what hit us against a very good offensive team. We had to battle and fight our way back. We had 24 or 25 balls hit hard with not much to show for it, and it could have been easy for us to just say 'Today's not our day'. Making the move in the fifth inning to go with Kyle Thebeau, he was definitely the reason we had the chance to win it late. I can't say enough about our seniors to get it going. I can't say enough about the toughness of our group and I'm glad we get to live to play another day."

On senior pitcher Kyle Thebeau's performance in relief:
"When you start talking about being with someone for four years, if I am going to have to turn my stuff in tomorrow, I want it to be with a guy that I have been with for four years and the trust I have in him. With the way his senior season has been, it didn't start the way any of us had anticipated, but sure has finished the right way. The last three or four weeks have been good for him, he's been our guy. He had done such a good job stopping them in the sixth, seventh and eighth, it was like the more moves we make, we weren't going to get any better than what we've got out there. His changeup was outstanding. If we were going to lose, we were going to lose with him on the mound and he wouldn't allow that to happen."

Texas A&M senior designated hitter Joe Patterson
On hitting the go-ahead home run in the 11th inning:
"As a left handed hitter (against a side-arm, right-handed pitcher), he was keeping the ball low in the zone and that is where I like it. So I figured that he was going to keep going down there and I just put a good swing on it. I actually thought it was going to go off the wall."

Texas A&M senior pitcher Kyle Thebeau:
On getting out of tough situations:
"One thing that stood out to me was in the ninth inning when that guy hit it the fly ball to left field, anyone who was here last year for the TCU game, Matt Vern almost took one out there off of me. I thought I was going to end my senior year with a walk-off home run. There were a couple of moments where I had to hold my breathe and you have to give those guys credit for battling and attacking at the plate to put the ball in play. This place is like a graveyard. Anything that gets up in the air, it's hard to get out."



On showing emotion when Texas A&M would get big outs:
"I was thinking that this could be my last college baseball game to play in and just being a senior, I didn't want to lose the game. I want to keep playing as long as we can and I think that fired me up more than anything."


Wright State Head Coach Rob Cooper
Opening Statement:
"I would like to congratulate Texas A&M and Rob Childress. It was a great baseball game. It was a back-and-forth game. Thebeau pitched his tail off and did a really good job. You got to see my team play today, that is the real way they play. I'm proud of them. They competed. Even after they hit the home run to go ahead, we still got the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the inning. I'm proud of our guys, and like I told them, I don't feel like we lost the game, we just ran out of time."

On jumping out and playing with an early lead:
"Texas A&M played us earlier in the year, but we are a different team now. So are they, they are a good team too, but I felt like we could play and be in that game. It didn't go our way today, but it was a heck of a game and that's why you play. You want to be in that kind of environment. It doesn't surprise me, I've been around these guys and seen the growth and maturity of this team."

On freshman pitcher Michael Schum:
"When a closer does his job, he's supposed to do his job. When he doesn't do his job, everybody always says something. The thing that I want to make sure that everybody knows is that we won 33 games this season and he had 13 saves and five wins for us. He had a hand in almost half of our wins, so we're not here without this guy."

On the weekend at TCU:
"I just want to say that we really appreciate the hospitality that TCU has given us. I've been fortunate to take part in a lot of these tournaments and regional's and they were about as first-class as you could get and we appreciate it."

Wright State junior pitcher Alex Kaminsky On facing a tough Texas A&M lineup:
"I was just trying to hit my spots. That has been my key this year, hitting my spots, moving in and out. I knew if I could do that, I knew I could be successful. My curveball was working pretty good today, I was able to get that across."

Wright State freshman Michael Schum
On taking his third loss to Texas A&M this season:
"Like Alex, I was trying to hit a spot and it just didn't end up where I wanted it to this time. It was a fastball and I knew it was pretty well-struck."

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