Postgame Quotes

Feb. 20, 2009

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Postgame Quotes

Kansas 5, Air Force 0

Feb. 20, 2009 – Millington, Tenn.

Junior pitcher Shaeffer Hall

On throwing a no-hitter:
“It’s my first no-hitter since my junior year of high school (at Lee’s Summit West High School). This time was a little more special, going nine innings (compared to seven in high school). I’m pretty excited about it.”

On if he felt any different on the mound today:
“I was feeling good warming up, but the nerves kind of got to me early. As the game went on I felt like I got stronger. I got behind a couple of hitters in the first inning, then I went out in the second and third inning and felt a lot better; more like myself.”

On the defense behind him:
“My defense played really well behind me. They saved me a couple of times today.”

On his role as the team’s No. 1 starting pitcher:
“Going into the season, I knew I was going to be counted on as one of the guys in the rotation. I worked hard this off-season, I think that’s really helped me a lot. We have a really competitive staff, so I know it’s going to be hard to keep that No. 1 spot, but I’m going to just keep doing what I can do.”

On how his teammates treated him on the bench during the game:
“Beginning of the game, they were giving me high-five and pounds after each inning, but from the fifth inning on, it seemed like everyone was keeping their distance from me. (After the game) they were pretty happy for me.”

Kansas head coach Ritch Price

On the no-hitter:
“(Shaeffer Hall) was really special today. For him to go out there and no-hit a team on just 104 pitches is an outstanding accomplishment. It’s one of the best performances by a pitcher that I’ve seen in my 30 years of coaching.”

On what was working for him:

“He had good command of all three of his pitches, and that’s something he’s really worked on this offseason.”

On the defensive plays behind him:

“Like anybody who throws (a no-hitter), he had some good defensive plays behind him. I thought we had two outstanding plays by our shortstop (David Narodowski) and two by Robby (Price) in the behind him.”