Oregon State-Texas A&M Quotes

May 31, 2009

Oregon State Head Coach Pat Casey
Opening Statement:
"Well, last night we were sitting here talking about how we couldn't hit. It was nice to see us swing the bat. It started with pitching. I'm happy for Jorge (Reyes). This is something that is pretty big for him. He has always competed, always battled. He probably takes things to hard when he doesn't do as well as he thinks he could do. Our guys just responded to a great challenge."

"We just have to take it one at a time. We can't think ahead. It's one pitch, one inning. I just think that we really focused on being tough; trying to not let someone take something away from you. We had a very, vary passionate desire to not be eliminated."

On Koa Kahalehoe moving up to the third spot in the lineup:
"We struggled so much last night, banging into some big double plays. He can run. I feel like we have always managed on a gut feeling. If you look at our lineup throughout the year, I just felt like that was the guy today. I thought I could back him and (Adalberto) Santos up and get (Ryan) Ortiz some pitches to hit with some speed on the bases. It worked out, he did a great job."

On Jorge Reyes' performance on the mound against the Aggies:
"We were a little disappointed that Jorge had to throw some extra pitches in the ninth inning. I really don't like to extend him like that because he is going to have a tremendous career. To be able to get nine out of a guy with two more to play after going through our bullpen pretty good yesterday is pretty important."

Oregon State senior outfielder Koa Kahalekoa
On his hot hitting this weekend in Fort Worth:
"I just had to believe in myself. Averages really don't matter. I am just trying to help the team. As a senior, I have to lead somewhere on the field. I just think it is a mental thing. I am seeing the ball better, but I'm not trying to do too much. I'm just trying to hit the ball where its placed, looking for good pitches to hit."



Oregon State senior pitcher Jorge Reyes
On his performance on the mound against the Aggies:
"We knew what we had to do today. The guys have been talking about going all out and our backs are against the wall now. Ryan Ortiz has played 50-something games and he is back there everyday, so I thought to myself about how these other guys are working hard. I told myself to go as hard as you can for as long as you can and it worked out for us."

Oregon State junior catcher Ryan Ortiz
On fatigue playing a factor against TCU:
"I think we have to play with a lot of energy. At this point in the season, we are all prepared for this. We need to come out confident against TCU, playing hard. It's a clean slate."


Texas A&M Head Coach Rob Childress
Opening Statement:
"It was a disappointing game to say the least. In the first inning, we're down 6-0 before we know what hit us. They get the bases loaded off of a strikeout and two singles, and then came the big hits. We got down 6-0 and then we are playing catch up from the word 'go'. They were able to continue to build on the lead. Every mistake we made on the mound, whether it be a walk or a two-out hit, they were able to capitalize on and get the big hits. For us, I felt like we did hit some balls hard, we just didn't get any big hits until later in the game. Give Oregon State credit, they did a great job. (Jorge) Reyes was outstanding. I'm disappointed. The season is over."

On the struggles of his starting pitching:
"It's disappointment on my part. When you start talking about excuses, it starts at the top. We've got to coach better and motivate better and put guys in a better position to be successful. I didn't do a very good job of that as a pitching coach."

On OSU pitcher Jorge Reyes pitching with a lead:
"Most pitchers are able to pound the strike zone a little bit better after getting a big lead behind him. He did a good job of that. He didn't give us very many opportunities. He has pitched in big games during the postseason since he was a freshman, so this was nothing new to him. Just give him all of the credit in the world.

On the season coming to the end:
Again, my disappointment isn't in our guys, it's for our guys. They gave us everything they had from August 25 until the last pitch was made today. For that I will forever be thankful. It was fun bunch to coach. They got nothing handed to them and they earned everything they got. "

Texas A&M junior infielder Brodie Greene On not reaching the super regionals:
"It's disappointing. It may be worse than the last two years, not making it to a super regional and getting the chance to go to Omaha. Making it to Omaha has been one of our goals for the last three years and we haven't made it. It just makes the hunger and the desire to get back going next fall to reach that goal."

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