Postgame Quotes: Ole Miss vs. Washington - Regional Championship

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2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament - Oxford Regional
Ole Miss 3, Washington 2 (10 innings)
Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field - Oxford, Miss.
June 2, 2014

Ole Miss vs. Washington Postgame Quotes Get Acrobat Reader

Ole Miss Head Coach Mike Bianco

Opening statement ...
"First of all, I would like to congratulate Washington on a tremendous year and a tremendous weekend here. We feel fortunate, but I'm very proud of these guys that played so hard all year long. We have won all different types of games and we had to do that this week. Sam (Smith) was terrific. Unfortunately, we didn't catch a few balls early and put him in a hole and gave up a couple of unearned runs, but he got us deep enough. Scott (Weathersby), you don't see it much that a guy that comes in and squelches a rally that they had going, then sits for about an hour-and-a-half and comes back and finishes the game. Not just a huge hit by Sikes (Orvis) but a tremendous tournament. I'm very proud of this team."
 
On the decision to bring Scott Weathersby back after the rain delay ...
"If anybody could do it, certainly Scott could do it. He had only thrown 10 pitches, and he wasn't in the bullpen very long before he came into the game. We asked him how he felt as the delay went on. He was with Josh (Porter), and he put heat on his arm and played catch. It also helped that he was rested."

On the fans ...
"They have been unbelievable. I told the players in our meeting that I haven't seen them like this since 2009, in that Monday winner-take-all game when (Drew) Pomeranz struck out the 16 guys against Western Kentucky, where you could feel the fans on the field, you could feel the fans in the dugout, you could feel the energy every time a pitch was made, not just a play or a hit. Every time, especially the last few innings, you watch Scott (Weathersby), and the fans knew it. We're fortunate that we have such a great fan base that cares so much about baseball. We're fortunate we have an administration here at Ole Miss that cares so much about baseball. It's a special place. It's a special place, especially in June."

Ole Miss Student-Athletes

#40, Scott Weathersby, RHP
On his outing ...
"That was a lot of fun, something that I will remember for the rest of my life."

On getting last out of regional championship game ...
"I don't know if I thought I would, but I had always dreamed of it, when you're a little kid coming to these games. I came to the 2009 regional and I saw these guys play, and it was always a dream of mine to play here. To get the last out to win a regional, it's more than I can ask for."

On sitting, warming up and coming back into the game ...
"It wasn't that bad. Josh Porter, our trainer, did an awesome job. He had a heat pad on me. He was with me the whole time, stretching me and talking me through it. It really wasn't that bad."

#24 Sikes Orvis, 1B
On his go-ahead RBI triple in the 10th inning ...
"Coach (Cliff) Godwin told they had a big right-handed guy that was going to come out with fast balls. I was trying to drive something, try to get the game going. He threw something over the plate, and I kind of rolled over it, but it swept down the line. It couldn't have been a better time for my first triple of the year. I had one last year. Something has to happen for me to get a triple."

On his big hits during the regional ...
"It's crunch-time. It's win, or go home. Scott (Weathersby) came out locked-in on the mound. Defensively, we were locked-in and ready to go. This is the time for all the hard work we have put in. This is when we get to show it off. Everybody was locked-in. For me, nothing really changed much. I stayed confident in my approach and got good swings off."

Washington Head Coach Lindsay Meggs

Opening statement ...
"I want to congratulate Ole Miss and its staff and all its players; what a great team. They are great competitors that understand how to play the game. They can win a one-run game or pile it on you. Best of luck to them. It was fun to play those guys.

"I'm really proud of my team. We came a long way in a short period of time. It's about life lessons. It's an important game and it's important to our guys and it hurts, but we've learned so much in a short period of time. Guys have learned how to commit to one another. They've learned how to be young men on the road and represent the University of Washington."

On the weather delays ...
"It had an effect, but it had the same effect on (Ole Miss). That's not the reason we came up short. The biggest issue was rain on the first day. That didn't work for us, but that is sometimes how it goes."

Washington Student-Athletes

#18, Alex Nesbitt, P
On the environment ...
"It was an amazing experience coming out here. We couldn't have asked for a better regional to come to. It was a great atmosphere and everyone competed. I had never played in front of that many people before. Even as the opposing team, you could feel the energy coming from the stands."

#36, Branden Berry, 1B
On Ole Miss pitcher Scott Weathersby ...
"He did a good job keeping us off balance. We were guessing at pitches and not sticking with our plan. Bottom line, he competed."

On the environment ...
"It was the best atmosphere I've ever played in. It was a blessing to be able to go out there and take the field; it was unreal. The fans here have been great to us. The town has been great. We're thankful we got to come out here and play."

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