Postgame Quotes: Georgia Tech vs. Jacksonville State

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June 1, 2014

2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament – Oxford Regional
Georgia Tech 4, Jacksonville State 2
Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field – Oxford, Miss.
June 1, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. – Georgia Tech left fielder Matt Gonzalez broke open a 1-1 game in the ninth inning with a two-RBI double to right-center, as the Yellow Jackets went on to defeat Jacksonville State 4-2 in an elimination game Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field in Oxford, Mississippi.

The Yellow Jackets (37-26) will face the loser of Sunday’s second game between Ole Miss and Washington at 7 p.m., while the Gamecocks (36-27) are eliminated.

With the game knotted at 1 and two outs away, Daniel Spingola singled through the right side and then Mott Hyde followed with a single to the left to advance Spingola to third. Gonzalez doubled Spingola home for the 3-1 lead, and then Thomas Smith brought Gonzalez home with a single to make it 4-1.

Jacksonville State loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Gamecocks got one run across, but Dusty Isaacs was able to get out of the jam to close out the game.

Georgia Tech Head Coach Danny Hall

Opening statement …
“It was a very well-played game. As most of our games this year, it seems like they all come down to somebody getting a hit and somebody making a pitch. I was very pleased with our pitching. Devin Stanton gave us a great start. We brought Sam Clay in and he got us some key outs. He got a big strikeout in the eighth. He got in a little trouble in the ninth, but he got them out and limited the damage to one run. It was a great two-out rally. (Daniel) Spingola got a hit and then we had a two-strike hit by Mott Hyde and Thomas Smith on back-to-back hits. We’re happy to get a chance to play again.”
 
On having opportunities to make plays …
“We just couldn’t get the key hit. We’re getting guys in scoring position. When you get them there, you’re hoping that somebody steps up and gets a hit. We couldn’t do it. You give them some credit for making pitches when they needed to. Early on we hit some balls pretty hard for outs. In particular, A.J. Murray hit a ball similar to (Matt) Gonzalez early in the game. It kind of hung up in the wind and the center fielder ran it down. It’s just one of those games where it’s going to come down to somebody getting a hit. Thank God we got them in the ninth inning.”

On what the team does to prepare during first and third game …
“We’ll go back and shower and get something to eat. Somebody said it was nap time. We’ll just go back and rest and we’ll see who we end up playing tonight. We know we’re going to play a good team. Both Ole Miss and Washington are two excellent teams. We’re going to play a good team at 7:00.”

Georgia Tech Student-Athletes

#14, Matt Gonzalez, SS
On getting hits against Jacksonville State’s closer…
“We all went up there on the same approach: let it go deep into right field. We just started getting our approach right.”

On the ninth inning…
“I knew Dusty (Issacs) was going to get us out of it. He likes to make it interesting sometimes, but definitely no doubt that he was going to get the next guys.”

#28, Dusty Issacs, RHP
On key in eighth and ninth inning…
“I just wanted to get ahead of the first guy when I came in the eighth. In the ninth, I was just getting a little ahead of myself and rushing my delivery a little bit. It just took me a while for whatever reason to zone back in, but eventually I was able to find another groove and grind out some outs.”

On the pressure of coming in the game…
“It’s how Sam and I have worked all year. When he’s reached a pitch count or someone is hitting him, I come in. I was just trying to stay focused in the game and kind of keep my mind in it. I’m always a batter away from going in at any spot. I want to, as best I can, keep myself mentally in the game.”

Georgia Tech Postgame News Conference

Jacksonville State Head Coach Jim Case

Opening statement …
“It was a great college baseball game. Both teams’ pitchers did a really nice job. Both teams had their backs to the wall and the starters came out and did fantastic. It was one of those games that was going to be decided late, and they were able to put together a rally. I’m really proud of our team and how they responded after last night. It just wasn’t good enough to get us over the hump today.”
 
On Travis Stout …
“It would be hard to say he’s worn down. He came in and got us out of an inning like he’s done so many times. The first couple of hits they got off him they didn’t hit really hard but did a nice job of battling. He wasn’t at his best but he was competing. I would never question his preparation or his heart as far as competition goes.”
 
On keeping perspective …
“It’s tough. In what we do, it’s what have you done lately. As disappointed as we all are, and I am too, I thought we would come here and play better than we did. At the same time, it doesn’t take away from what they accomplished last week. It will take time before we realize that. We were very high last week and played about as well as we had all season. We didn’t play as well this weekend. The last inning was our team. You fall behind three and get your heart broken a little bit. We get the bases loaded and no outs, and we have a chance. That’s been a characteristic of our team; we don’t quit. We weren’t able to come back and win today, but I was proud we didn’t lay over.”

Jacksonville State Student-Athletes

#11, Griff Gordon, RF
On hitting with runners in scoring position ...
“That’s always frustrating (leaving runners on), but we were still able to stay in the game up until the very end.”
 
On the end of the season …
“Right now, we are sad. Obviously, we’re proud of what we’ve done. Tomorrow, we’ll be happy about the season. We had a really good season.”

#17, Paschal Petrongolo, DH
On hitting with runners in scoring position ...
“Some days they will fall, and some days they won’t. It was one of the days where it didn’t. We hit balls hard, stayed in the count and had good at-bats. It just didn’t work out for us.”

On the end of the season …
“It was amazing to play with the group of seniors we have right now. It’s crossed all of our minds, the underclassmen and the juniors, that these guys aren’t going to come back next year. They’re not going to be putting on the jerseys and running out on the field anymore. They have taught us so much and been with us through everything. I’ve learned an incredible amount from each. I could point to each and every senior and I could tell how they have helped me this year. It’s going to be a real loss to this program to have them not here.”

Jacksonville State Postgame News Conference

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