Postgame Quotes

April 3, 2010


Postgame Quotes

Kansas 8, Texas A&M 8

April 3, 2010 – Lawrence, Kan.

Junior Outfielder Jimmy Waters

On ending the game in a tie:

“It feels like a loss, to be honest. It stinks and it’s obviously not the way we wanted to finish, but it is what it is.”

On the rallies towards the end of the game:

“We had some big time clutch hitting out of some guys but we couldn’t finish them off. It was huge in the ninth inning with Robby (Price), that was a big single that he got. We had some big-time hits, but we just needed another big hit to put them away.”

On blowing the 6-3 lead:

“We’ve got to find a way to put people away. We’ve been doing it all week and it’s just getting annoying at this point. It’s on everybody. It’s on hitters; it’s on pitchers. We’ve got to find a way to put people away and not let them back in the game.”

Head Coach Ritch Price

On the tie:

“I think that was the third one (tie he’s been involved in) and it’s always involved travel. I think it’s disappointing. It’s an awful way to end this series especially when it was as competitive as this series has been. One of the great things about our sport is that we don’t have ties. So it’s a weird feeling.”

On coming back to tie the game at the end:

“(Brett) Bollman rehabbed all week and he found a way to gut out five innings and keep us in the game. (Tanner) Poppe comes out of the bullpen and we’ve been waiting for him to take that next step and become a special guy because he’s got one of the best arms in the league. He was dominant in the sixth and seventh inning and then unfortunately with the three run lead, he gives up that cheap hit to right field and then he hits a guy and walks a guy and that’s how their four runs were scored. I was thrilled with his performance because he went back out and put another zero up. Obviously Robby (Price) clutched up in the ninth with two outs, and then (Brian) Heere did the same in the 11th. We had some bad at-bats with a runner a third base with two outs, I think that’s the biggest disappointment for me.”

On the balk:

“We had been warning him the two previous hitters to make sure he stops because he has a tendency to go through the stops into the set position. He was trying to step off the mound and obviously that was a devastating call at that point in time.”