May 23, 2013
Postgame Press Conference
Indiana 4, Minnesota 2
Big Ten Baseball Tournament
Indiana Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Tracy Smith
“I thought that was a good baseball game. I thought both starting pitching held both teams in there. We were fortunate to jump out and I know we didn’t play Minnesota this year, so that was our first look at them. But just listening to Coach Anderson’s comments that they struggled scoring runs, we found it very important to jump out early and we were very fortunate today. I thought that was a difference in the game and to make them chase. It was a good baseball game, well played by both teams.”
On trying to secure a national seed…
“I’d be lying to you if it wasn’t something we have talked about. I was really worried about how ready our guys would be to play, we feel like we have an NCAA bid locked up. It’s a unique position because usually we are coming into this with our backs against the wall. I was worried about us being relaxed. We said let’s keep an eye on Louisville, I won’t say it was some false motivation technique, I think it’s real. If we win here, I think we have a legitimate shot at a national seed and I think the guys know that.”
Designated Hitter Scott Donley
On Snelten’s breaking pitch...
“We had trouble picking up the spin. He started throwing it real sharp and it was tough to lay off right away. We started real well, then [Snelten] came back and did a really good job.”
Pitcher Aaron Slegers
On pounding the strike zone…
“That’s been a main goal of mine, pound the strike zone early and often. I trust my defense completely and the more groundballs I get sort of helps by getting early strikes.”
On his defense today…
“Yeah, it’s really nice as a starting pitcher and any pitcher in general to get your defense involved; all the credit to those guys. I have no problem letting hitters put the ball in play because I trust all of the guys behind me.”
On starting the first game…
“It was nice to have the team call on me for that first game. I really don’t have a preference one way or another, but its big to get out to a fast start in the very first game.”
Minnesota Post Game Quotes
Head Coach John Anderson
"We got behind the eight ball a little bit there in the first inning. We gave up a big inning and was fighting uphill for the rest of the ball game. I thought DJ settled down and kept us in the game and did a nice job of not letting them add on. I thought when we scored one in the fifth with Connor Schaefbauer had a good at bat and they had not played a righty in the line drive to close the gap out there if we could have added another run out there. We had a couple chances in the eighth and the ninth, we could not get one more hit. We had Henkemeyer and Halloran out there so we were just unable to get the big inning to match their beginning. Their bullpen did a good job."
On Indiana powerhouse...
"They won 18 in a row this year, won 40 games coming into here, you don't do that unless you have talent. They have talent, they are balanced with offense, defense, pitching and have a strong backside of the bull pen. There is a reason they have won 40 games, that is not by accident."
Pitcher DJ Snelten
On changes after first inning...
"After the first inningI realized I was heating fastball in pretty unpredictable counts, I was leaving them up in spots where hitters could see them up real well. They were tagging up the fastball pretty well. When I settled down I finally decided to use an off speed in backwards counts a little bit when I was behind 0-1, 0-2 so a lot of times when I had to battle back from that. As soon as I figured out what was there, what I was missing and what was my strength points were it kind of helped me settle down and just go through those innings."
On having such a good game last Saturday...
"It is always frustrating because every pitcher wants to win. But there is going to be those innings where you just go out there and know that you are going to have to go out there and prove something. It was either one of those games where we could have just rolled over or was one of those games where I just keep my head in and try to keep the game. That is the only thing I can control. I did what I could."
Centerfielder Troy Larson
On coming back from the 3-0 deficit...
"It is always difficult to come back from three down but we had a lot of game left at that point. We have been playing pretty good baseball recently so we just try and chip runs off them when we can and try to get back in the game."
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