Postgame Quotes: VU vs. Belmont
June 3, 2011
Head coach Tim Corbin
Head Coach Dave Jarvis
"What we witnessed tonight was a testament to how good a ballclub Vanderbilt has this year. This was no surprise. Sonny Gray was as good as to be expected. He was pitching at 93-94 (mph) and had dominating stuff, yet still pitching to contact. That's what I see guys in the big leagues do... He's a tick better than what we see (in the Atlantic Sun). He's definitely at the top of the list of pitchers we've seen this year.
"Give credit to their defense too, and some of the defensive plays they made behind him. They played exceptional well behind Sonny.
"We went in looking for something early in the count, try to get a good hitter's pitcher. I thought our kids did a good job of squaring ball ups and putting them in play. We just didn't hit the ball hard enough or in the right places.
"We know what a quality team Vanderbilt is, but it's just a baseball game. It's over with, so we'll wash it off in the shower tonight and come ready to play tomorrow.
Getting ready for Saturday's game:
"Our kids have dealt with this before. We have been dealt with these types of circumstances before. Our kids are really good about sweeping things away and coming back tomorrow. Quite honestly, we are excited and looking forward to that opportunity tomorrow. We are looking forward.
"Oklahoma State is definitely a quality opponent and are battle tested. We I am not panicked about it, they are going to throw quality arms against us. But I like our offense, and have the capability of generating offense. It will be a great ball game tomorrow and we are excited about the opportunity."
Talk about your starting pitcher's (Hamann) performance:
"I thought Matt battled very well and he threw all of his pitches for strikes and located very well."
Starting pitcher Matt Hamann
Talk about the Commodores' approach to facing you:
"The big thing is getting the leadoff guys out and that's something I didn't do a great job tonight. Once they get rolling, they're a tough team. More than anything, they're just tough hitters to get out.
"Nerves weren't a big part of it. I was hitting the spots I wanted to. It's just a testament to how good they really are. They just did a real good job of hitting them."
Talk about your upcoming game with Oklahoma State:
"We are fighting for our lives just like usual. I think we'll thrive on that (approach)."
Talk about Gray's performance:
"Hands down, Sonny is a great pitcher. He's going to be a top pick in the draft. He was getting ahead in the count. He's a great pitcher and one of the best I've hit off of. We put balls in play but they didn't out our way.
"It was a great experience. It didn't turn out the way we wanted to, but I enjoyed every minute of it."