Clemson-Xavier Postgame Quotes

May 31, 2014

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Postgame Quotes

Nashville Regional

No. 4 seed Xavier 6, No. 3 seed Clemson 4

Clemson coach Jack Leggett

Opening statement:
“It’s disappointing. I’m disappointed for our players, disappointed for our team. I think right now we just didn’t play well enough this weekend to deserve to stay to be honest with you. We just didn’t enough good things offensively, pitching-wise, defensively. We just somehow didn’t come here and play our best baseball. We put ourselves in tough positions, obviously yesterday, but we put ourselves in tough positions today. I thought we had a chance. Goose was pitching well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. We came out of the lightning delay and somehow didn’t make some plays we needed to make and put ourselves in a tough spot. So I’m disappointed for our team.”

On thinking about using closer Matt Campbell right after the lightning delay:
“No. We don’t really want to extend him more than a one- or two-inning guy for us. We’ve had to go a little bit longer. We felt like Moyer could hold us the seventh inning together and Bates could hold the eighth inning together – they’ve done a pretty good job of that lately. Things being right, we’d have Campbell at the end. We just got into a little bit of a bunting game. We couldn’t make a play to begin the inning. Then we couldn’t handle the bunt. Then they got a hit with a man on second and third. Once they did that, it opened up the floodgates.”

On the first time a Clemson senior class under Leggett has not reached the College World Series:
“There are not many schools in the country that can say that. That’s something we’ve been proud of. It is unfortunate. I would have loved to see our seniors get to Omaha. I’m disappointed for them. We just got to get back at it next year and try to get this next group of seniors out there.” 



Left fielder Garrett Boulware

On error in left field:
“I wanted to throw the guy out at the plate and I just rushed it. I came up too soon. It’s been hopping all weekend and I was expecting the same bounce and it stayed down. I should have slowed myself down and focused a bit more on the ball and not on the runner trying to score.”

On the season:
“It was disappointing. We had a lot of guys come back from the team last year and I just expected more out of us.”

On the impact of the delay on the offense:
“I don’t think it had any effect. It effected our pitching. Obviously we wanted [Daniel Gossett] to stay in the game as long as possible. Offensively we were ready to come out and score runs. We were prepared and staying loose in the locker room, we were ready to go.”

Starting pitcher Daniel Gossett

On being pulled after the delay:
“Yeah I would have liked to have come out, things were going my way. I was at 100 pitches and I was ready to compete. Right at the delay coach came up to me and told me I was done. I expected that, he wants to protect me.”

On the season:
“We were always really close. Always on the brink of breaking loose and it just never happened. It is disappointing to see a team with so much talent get put down in two games in the regional. We just weren’t able to turn it on at the right time.”

Xavier Head Coach Scott Googins

On the win:
“I think it was a great team win for us, a great start to the game. We overcame a lot of adversity I thought, with the delay. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go with a 1-2 count on the hitter with a man on second base, we felt very comfortable with Scott in his pitch count. We were able to add some runs in the bottom of the seventh and come out with a really big victory for us.”

On Xavier’s contingency in Nashville:
“That’s really what it’s all about. Obviously, you want to win, but it’s the relationships you build. We’re starting to get a good following—a lot of former players. It brings a lot of pride to you to see those former players and friends come down to support you.”

On keeping focused:
“Our guys are pretty locked in. I’m pretty emotional about it because I like being around them, they like being around each other. We’ve got great leadership, the guys play hard. I’ve never had to get on them this year about effort. I was telling them on the speech on the bus, ‘Let’s don’t let this thing end.’ “

On who Xavier plays next:
“The only reason I want to play Oregon is that you’re here in the regional with three legends. You get to play against Coach Corbin; it’s really the first time I’ve met Coach Leggett, and he’s an unbelievable guy who does an unbelievable job with his program, and so does Coach Horton at Oregon. Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter. It’s baseball. We just want to keep playing. We got to beat both of them at some point.”

Pitcher Scott Klever

On the delay:
“It’s tough getting taken out of the game in a spot like that, especially in the middle of an at-bat. If it didn’t last very long, I was confident I was going to get to go back out there.”

Center fielder Brian Bruening

On the quick turnaround:
“We can’t be satisfied. As coach has been saying all along, this is just another stop on the road trip for us. We got to come out tomorrow with the same intensity. We played our game today with a better approach than last night. I think it showed a lot about the character of our team, bouncing back from that loss last night, a late night, early morning, with a quick turnaround.“

Catcher Dave Rizzie

On the delay:
“It’s something we’ve kind of figured out in the past three weeks. I can’t tell you the last game we’ve had playing straight through without weather issues. You just got to stay focused and stay locked in.”

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