Postgame Quotes: Washington vs. Georgia Tech

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May 31, 2014

2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament – Oxford Regional
Washington 8, Georgia Tech 0
Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field – Oxford, Miss.
May 31, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. – Rain delayed the start of the Oxford Regional until Saturday, and in game one, the No. 2 seed, Washington, shut out No. 3 seed Georgia Tech 8-0 behind a complete-game shutout from its ace, junior right-hander Tyler Davis.

The Huskies, who posted their first-ever shutout in NCAA Tournament play, will meet the winner of the Ole Miss/Jacksonville State game in Sunday’s second game at 3 p.m. Georgia Tech will face the loser of that game on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Davis came into Saturday’s game with a 10-2 record and 1.75 ERA.  He allowed the Yellow Jackets only three hits, while striking out seven for his 11th win of the year and his first complete game of the season. Davis became the fourth Husky with 11 or more wins in a season.  

The Huskies struck first scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning when catcher Austin Rei singled to center to score Braden Bishop. Washington added to the lead, scoring four runs in the fourth on four hits. UW added two more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.


Washington Head Coach Lindsay Meggs

Opening statement …
“This is the first shutout in the history of the University of Washington in postseason play. I’m really proud of Tyler (Davis) and the way he competed. He throws strikes and makes them put the ball in play. We played good defense behind him. While a nine-inning complete-game shutout isn’t a typical performance for him, the way he battled is what he does. We played well behind him because we believe in the way he competes. It took the edge off everybody when we got the run in the first. It set the tone for what we wanted to do. We’re excited to be in the winners’ bracket and looking forward to tomorrow.”

On saving bullpen …
“I’d like to say that’s exactly how we had it planned. (Davis) had such a low pitch count by the seventh inning that we were OK letting him finish. We haven’t thrown a complete game all year. That’s not because we haven’t had the opportunity, but we like our bullpen. In the postseason, we’ll have situations where we’ll have to stretch them out some.”

On the team’s performance at the plate …
“We had some moments where we fell off the wagon at the plate in terms of our approach with runners in scoring position. But overall, in terms of grinding it out and not giving up at bats, we were pretty relentless. When we’ve been successful, we get the leadoff guy on. We like the short game and we believe in that. We trust our defense. We’re not going to deviate from that. We’ve been preparing for this for 57 games and we’re not going to change.”

Washington Student-Athletes

#19, Tyler Davis, P
On his performance …
“It was one of my most fun and exciting performances. I loved pitching at Oregon State this season too. That was just a great game overall, but this one was definitely up there. I felt pretty good warming up. As long as I execute my pitches, I know my defense is going to have my back and my offense is going to get enough runs.”

On the team …
“I’m grateful and humbled by everything we’ve been able to do and everything we’ve gone through. With last year, having a down year with injuries, people didn’t expect a lot out of us this year. We were picked 10th in the 11-team Pac-12, but we finished second. We surprised a lot of people. We were confident in our players and knew if we paid attention to ourselves and played our game we would win a lot of games.”

#7, Braden Bishop, OF
On his regional experience …
“Yesterday was an interesting experience with (right field fans) chanting ‘Let’s go Huskies.’ I had fun with it. These people are amazing and the fans are unbelievable. It’s a first-class school so we’re excited to be here.”

On his day at the plate …
“I saw the ball pretty well and trusted our scouting report. Our coaches do a great job putting them together. It’s a testament to them; we just put it in play.”

Washington Postgame News Conference

Georgia Tech Head Coach Danny Hall

Opening statement …
“Excellent job by Washington today. (Tyler) Davis was really in command the whole way. We didn’t have many opportunities to score off of him. They got a run early. That’s always big, to get a run in the first inning. Then they had the big inning there where they capitalized with two outs. They executed really well on offense. Their pitcher was pretty much unhittable for us. You tip your cap to the University of Washington.”
 
On if game being postponed affected his team …
“I really don’t think so. The energy was controlled by the pitcher. He has absolute command of everything he throws. When you’re a hitter and you’re not getting much to hit, that has a way of deflating your team. We gave him a big inning. When you get down 5-0 against a guy that is arguably one of the best pitchers in the Pac-12, it’s going to be hard to come back for that unless he just doesn’t have it or makes mistakes. He was on top of it the whole day. As far as control and being able to control his fast ball, he was one of the best we’ve seen all year.”

Georgia Tech Student-Athletes

#13, Thomas Smith, 1B
On Tyler Davis ...
“He was really aggressive in pounding the zone. He was putting us in some tough counts to hit in. He just battled. I don’t think he does anything special, but he comes right at you and gives you everything he’s got. We saw that today.”
 
On where Tyler Davis ranks in competitors Georgia Tech has faced …
“He’s all the way at the top. He goes out and competes.”

#37, Josh Heddinger, RHP
On his throws ...
“I didn’t think I threw that bad. I felt like on certain pitches I didn’t finish. You have to give credit to them. They were really good hitters and they had really good approaches. Some of the pitches were good pitches. They hit the pitches I left up. You have to tip your cap to them.”

On Washington’s offense …
“They had really good approaches. With that approach, they played into their counts. They didn’t miss it.”

Georgia Tech Postgame News Conference

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