Postgame Quotes: Troy vs. Vanderbilt
June 4, 2011
Troy Coach Bobby Pierce
"I felt Vanderbilt pitching was very good tonight. We put some pressure on that pitching in several innings, took an early lead and got what we needed out of our starter. But credit Vanderbilt for coming back.
"The ground ball up the middle (that scored two runs) turned into a disaster for us. It probably not a wise decision from a player that has made great plays all year. That turned into a big play for Vanderbilt, and certainly put the momentum back in their favor.
"They take advantage of mistakes and they continue to put pressure on you to make mistakes. We were doing the same thing, but we just couldn't finish it off."
Vanderbilt success of getting key outs by their pitching staff:
"In the critical moments of the game, they made some quality pitches. When they really had to make a pitch, they made them. You just have to tip your cap. That's exactly what all good baseball teams are trying to do."
About his starting pitcher Jimmy Hodgskin
"Jimmy is a freshman and came out too hyped up. That's something they have to learn through experience. After the first inning, I thought he was going to have a great night, but some command issues crept back. All in all, Jimmy pitched well enough to get the job done."
Troy's pitching for Sunday and beyond...
"We're still okay with our pitching, but we are going to have to swing the bats and score runs. Hopefully we can get deep into the game tomorrow with our starter. But it's really one game at a time now."
Catcher Todd McRae
Talk about Vanderbilt's offensive abilities:
"We missed out on a couple of opportunities offensively. (Vanderbilt) is a good hitting team and has excellent strike-zone awareness. They didn't swing at some pitches where we trying to get outs."
Talk about owning the lead only to have Vanderbilt come back with three quick runs:
"I always feel good (about those situations), especially with our bullpen. It was just a matter of a bad inning that got away from us."
Outfielder Daniel Peterson
Talk about the Vanderbilt starting pitcher (Grayson Garvin):
"Coming in we compared him to a guy we faced at Samford, a big lefty that we had success off of. Really, he threw a lot of good quality pitches, and we couldn't capitalize on opportunities we had."
Troy's approach to their encounter Sunday vs. Belmont:
"We're just going to keep our heads high, regroup, and play the baseball we have all year. Hopefully, we get the outcome we want."