Opening statement: We had a good first inning and a good sixth inning. I thought we threw away a few at-bats and we hit into some double plays, but we got ourselves out of it. We had some good two-out rallies.
On the pitching: Hayes gave us a decent start, got us going a little bit. I thought Will Clinard was able to come in and slow them down a little bit, giving them a different look. Grayson Garvin at the end was pretty impressive. Overall the pitching was good, we didn’t allow any freebies. We felt Garvin needed an inning to get back into things. We came into this game hoping Garvin would get a chance to pitch. Grayson is a key component of our pitching staff now that Williams is out.
I felt pretty good with Garvin, Williams, Goodenow, and Selman, but it means more work for Garvin. He pitched a lot for us last year. The only reason he’s been pitching sparingly for us is because we don’t want to bring him back to soon. But as you saw, he was throwing hard tonight, so I think he’s doing great.
On Corey Williams injury: Corey is pretty tough. He knows he’s going to lose his season, but he was having a great year on the mound. The more I think about that play, the more I realize how remarkable it is to have a kid act that way and to have that instinct to pick up the ball and throw him out. How many people can do that? It all started to come to him in the fall and that’s tough, but it just means someone else gets an opportunity to step up.
On Esposito having a strong year: Esposito has made such a time commitment to getting better at hitting and he’s a completely different player. He has spent a lot of time with Coach Holliday. That’s what you want for your sophomores. They’ll get better because they put more time in and that’s all you can ask for.