May 30, 2009
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"It was a big game for both teams. Both teams were in similar situations where it was do or die, but we got quite a performance out of our pitcher."
"We played good defense today and we got hits with runners on base so as whole it was a good baseball game for us. We beat a good team today that won the Big Ten Tournament."
On Sonny Gray's performance
“I have to give Sonny credit for how well he pitched. Not only did he keep Indiana from scoring any runs, he did that in a game where the wind was blowing straight out to center field.”
“He did a great job. Not many kids can pitch out of a bases loaded jam with no outs, which he did. I thought that was very, very impressive.”
“He is a very competitive kid and anyone from the state of Tennessee knows that. He just brought that intensity level and competitiveness to the field when he pitched, but there’s no pressure to him.”
“I know he probably wanted to stay in the game and get the complete game but we wanted to get Taylor Hill some work since he hadn’t thrown in four weeks.”
On the offense
“We got a lot of leadership out of the top of our lineup today and that was key. It was a team effort today.”
“We talked before the game that it’s important for us to get the momentum early. It was encouraging to see us put some runs on the board after yesterday. It was important for our confidence level more than anything.”
On Sonny’s performance
“It gave us confidence. It is easy for us when the pitcher and catcher are in a groove like this because you can let them do all the work, honestly. We have a lot of confidence in them and it gives us a lot let pressure on the offense.”
On the offense
“We got some big hits early in the game to get momentum and give us some confidence right from the start.”
On getting out of bases loaded jam with no outs
“We have gotten out of situations like that before, and I was going to try and pitch and see what happens.”
On advancing to Sunday.
“It feels great. The best thing about the win is we live one more day. We’re playing tomorrow and that what today’s game was about.”