Saint Louis Baseball Press Conference – 2018 Oxford Regional (06-02-18)

Saint Louis Baseball Press Conference – 2018 Oxford Regional (06-02-18)


Coach you need to start us off with some opening comments. Sure. First of all, no secret they’re a quality club and didn’t give us an inch. I was proud of our group coming out. I told them, we need to swing on the first punch and make contact. But – and we did, we did a good job and you know the game got away from us the second inning. I mean, that’s really the storyline for me. Because we gave a really good club, you know, three extra outs, which is a coach’s nightmare, a player’s nightmare. So – but you know what? They’re a quality group, the pitcher didn’t’ give us anything, he made – I thought he found another gear after the second inning, when they scored. I thought he went to a different level. And started looking like a Friday night guy. So you got to tip your cap to him. And you know, our guy was – we just made too many mistakes tonight and had to dig deep in that second inning and it hurt us. Questions? Nick, Ryan Rolison you know you all got to him in the first two innings with the (inaudible) at first and second. What did he do to settle in and kind of get the best of you all (inaudible)? I mean at the beginning his velo was kind of lower than we saw in the video. But in the later innings he definitely started hitting his spots more and pumped it up to another level. Coach, looking at Missouri State what do you see? And what do you like in the match up? And what don’t you like? Well, I think you know, it’s a quality Regional, I mean, it really is. There’s nowhere to hide. And you know, they lost a tough one today on kind of a tough miscue ball in play so they’re probably stinging a little bit too. But matchup wise, we’ve got to put this one behind us, turn around early in the morning and play, which is a tough deal sometimes. So we just have to come out with a fresh start, which is hard to do in this game sometimes, you’re still thinking about the night before. But, you know, Connor settles down a little bit, no hit ‘em for five innings, if I’m not mistaken. And maybe I started the wrong pitcher tonight, on me. But you know, I’m joking on that. But it was – I think we might have to match the intensity because I said, the crowd is not going to be as big and whoever wants it more tomorrow. Nick, I know you guys are accustomed to seeing Miller go a lot deeper in the games, does it affect the confidence of the group when he doesn’t get there? I wouldn’t say so. Because I know a lot of guys on our bench can do the job. And our whole line-up hits one through nine. So I mean, I feel like we could pick them up no matter how he does. Nick talk about what to tell your teammates heading into Missouri State tomorrow. How you get them ready for the game? You just got to keep your head up. I mean, the guy we faced tonight is going to be probably a first-rounder, so I mean, we just got to go after them. How do you evaluate Miller’s outing today? Uncharacteristic, to be honest. You know, I just thought he made some bad mistakes where damage could be done. I think, you know, just like you said, they’re a quality club, they’re where they are for a reason. So the margin for error is just not there. And you know, sometimes throughout the season you can get away with it. And it catches you in a big game and we knew that going in. Of course, you don’t voice that and say that out loud. But, it just is. The margin for error is just touch. You’ve got an SEC club that’s just not going to – you know – And I thought a couple two strike at bats, you know, yeah the homeruns were great, but they didn’t get pull happy. They just didn’t try to do too much and you know, hats off to Mike and Clem for, you know, having a great game plan. And you know, like I said yesterday, there were no secrets and any type of mistakes at all. But Miller left too many balls up and out over the plate. And I thought we needed to get inside better which Connor did a good job of later. So to me that was the storyline from a pitching perspective.

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