May 26, 2005
Georgia Tech Head Coach, Danny Hall
On his team's performance after back-to-back come from behind victories:
They believe in each other, they trust each other and usually once we get it going a little bit, then everybody starts feeding off of that and I think you saw that last night when we finally got on the board. And then you saw it again tonight. Once we finally got a run in there then the next guy gets a hit and we just were able to keep it going.
We put (Matt) Wieters in the game early tonight because we didn't want the game to get away from us. Though the game was 4-0, we still felt we were in reach of the win. I feel a lot of the time, the way I act or our coaches' act, I think our players feed off that as well.
On being patient at the plate late in the game:
I think we have been doing that all year. Our walk totals are up; I think our guys have a very good idea of what the strike zone is. We have done a good job of taking walks when we need them this year or even getting ourselves into counts where we get better pitches to hit.
On hitting Florida State' s Kevin Lynch and Matt DiBlasi:
I think Florida State has a great bullpen. I think that is one of the strengths of their team. We had some great at bats. They made some great pitches. (Andy) Hawranick's at bat with him punching the ball into right field with two strikes, (Whit) Robbins at bat shooting the ball up the middle, (Steve) Blackwood hitting the ball to left. I think our hitters did a great job of hitting good pitches that they normally get outs on, we were just able to get the ball in play and get some hits.
On the open date in the ACC Tournament:
We'll practice tomorrow, we'll stay in our normal routine by getting a little work out in and then come back and watch the game tomorrow to see who we will play on Saturday.
Whit Robbins on the team's momentum in the late innings:
I think everyone on our team is pretty confident in themselves to begin with, I think we were hitting the ball well all night long, it just happened to be right at the Florida State players. Finally, we were able to get the ball to drop and were able to build on that and rally back.
On hitting DiBlasi well this season:
We are just putting the bat on the ball against him and are fortunate enough to be getting hits.
Opening statement from Florida State head coach Mike Martin:
Obviously you've got to credit Georgia Tech; they did a great job battling back. They did what they've done most of the year. They're a very good offensive, defensive and pitching team. They are as good as anybody in the country in my opinion. They're a beautiful baseball team; they did a great job.
I am very proud of this team; if not the proudest of any team I've ever coached at Florida State, the way these young men play with heart and character. It's a tough loss, but you can't dwell on it, you have to be ready to go tomorrow. You can't feel sorry for yourself, you've got to get a good night's rest and be ready to go tomorrow.
On whether he second guessed his decision to remove Mark Sauls from the game:
Not at all. That's what we've done most of the year. He was right at 100 (pitches), I thought Kevin (Lynch) came in and pitched very well.
On the NCAA Tournament:
Well unfortunately the (NCAA) Committee doesn't look at one run loses, so my job is just to coach baseball, not to try to figure out what somebody else might decide. I think it's important obviously that we win tomorrow. It's very important.
On Mark Sauls' performance tonight:
(Mark) Sauls pitched probably the best game that I've seen him pitch as a Seminole. He had great stuff, he was at 99 pitches and we felt like we had a rested bull pen in regard to Kevin (Lynch) and D-bo (Matt DiBlasi), who hadn't thrown that much last night. He only threw a few pitches against (North) Carolina, so you just have to play the same way you do all the time. You don't deviate when you get into post season and we played it just like we would have played it during the year.
Pitcher Mark Sauls on coming out of the game:
I wanted to go back out there, but like I said, our pen has just been lights out all year. They've been great and you can't second guess what they did. Like I said, they've gone in there and done the job day in and day out. They've saved me numerous times and I would have turned it over to them tonight. They've done the job all year. Georgia Tech is just a good hitting team and they did what they came to do.
On expecting to come out:
I thought I'd go another inning because I had the adrenalin pumping that last inning when I came off the field. I figured if we scored a lot of runs, then I was coming out of the game. They (the bull pen) haven't pitched much, but like I said our bull pen's been lights out. They're the best bull pen in the nation. They'll come back tomorrow and be lights out.