June 5, 2005
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Clemson Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Jack Leggett “We got a great game out of Robert, just like we did in the ACC tournament, and I think he really stepped it up. He’s in a great rhythm now and he is throwing the ball really well. He battled out of a couple situations that he got himself into and then he would give us a quick next inning and that really helped us. Harvey and D’Alessio stepped it up for us and played really good baseball tonight. D’Alessio is playing a lot better baseball and is a lot more focused now. I have a lot more confidence in him and that’s why he got the green light on the 3-0 pitch and he took care of business. We got some timely hits and we stayed focused all week long on what we had to do and we just stepped int here and did it.”
“We came a long way from the 28th game and every time we jumped on them and challenged them they responded by playing better and tougher and more aggressively. To me that is of their hunger to be coached and their hunger to go to Omaha. We have been playing as good of baseball as just about anybody in the country the last half of the season. Two years doesn’t seem like that long to some people but it has seemed like a long time to me and I really proud of the boys how they have reacted to the tough schedule early on and how they have really improved the last half of the season.”
Designated Hitter Kris Harvey “The first homerun I was going to take a pitch, and then on the third pitch he hung a slider and I just took advantage of it. Then the next time it was fast ball up and over the plate and I just had to do what I had to do with that and put the bat on it.”
Pitcher Robert Rohrbaugh “Anytime a pitcher goes out there Friday night and does what Faris did you kind of feed of that. Plus, you cannot top Cribb’s performance last night with the way he pitched. I just fed off what they did the past couple of nights and got to where I was throwing the ball well. I’m back to where I need to be with having no walks all night. I had some problems but I just buckled down and just let the defense work behind me. My confidence is gaining each outing.”
First Baseman Andy D’Alessio “A lot of us stepped us this year and you could just go up and down the lineup and everyone stepped up a little bit more and that’s the way we kept that going throughout the last half of this year. It’s tough not to get frustrated in the year but coach Leggett just kept telling us that it would come together and it did the last part of the year. I’m seeing the ball really well right now and I’m just taking advantage of that and I was just going with what they threw.”
Oral Roberts Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Rob Walton Obviously, we’d like to still be playing. Good-byes are tough. Michael (Hollimon) transferring here for a year sparked this ball club tremendously. He was outstanding. Dennis (Bigley) and Rene (Recio) have been OR baseball. They’re hall of famers in our program and they’re seniors. They’re just tremendous people and tremendous players. We’ve been fortunate to have them. It’s a tough way to go out. I wish we could have sent them out a little bit differently. Clemson’s a really good team, a solid team. We made some mistakes that they capitalized on, so give them the credit.
If we had our “A” game, I’d like our chances. It was going to come down to our bullpen. If we could have just stepped up a little bit out of the pen. Most people don’t know that Rene has battled some physical injuries all year. What he did for us this year is just absolutely unbelievable. He is a warrior-type. He doesn’t complain about it. Through his physical issues and the problems he’s had, he’s really had an amazing year.
#14 Michael HollimonOn the pitching of Robert Rohrbaugh He established his fastball and spotted up well. He was getting ahead of hitters. As a pitcher, if you can get ahead of hitters, you chances of getting outs go up that much more. He did a great job of hitting the spots. He was going right at us. You have to give him credit. He did what he wanted to do and that put us in a tough position
#25 Dennis Bigley We played a great game in the first game today and we just wanted to carry that momentum into the next couple games. We all had the mind set that we could do it. We played a good game and played as hard as we could. You just have to give credit to Clemson. They had a good game tonight.
#32 Rene Recio A team like this, it’s always going to be tough to win two games. It’s doable, but the odds against us aren’t very good. To beat this team two games, back-to-back, is pretty hard to do.
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