MVC-Game One Quotes
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Release:05/21/2008
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Press Conference Quotes
MVC Tournament - Game 1
Southern Illinois 5, Northern Iowa 3

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Coach Dan Callahan
Opening Statement...
“Going into today, I liked the matchup. Our guys were confident and we had been playing well lately. We had won 12 of our last 14 games. Cody Adams had been throwing very well, having a much better second half of the season. He was very good against UNI on the road. I think it was three weeks ago. We respect them as a program and they had a great year offensively. But, I think what Cody did in that first eight innings, he was almost dominating. When Tyler (Lairson) hit the two run homer in the sixth, I though the way Cody was throwing that it might be enough to hold up. I got to give UNI credit for the way they battled in the ninth. Cody was still in good shape with his pitch count going into the ninth and they made some things happen. In retrospect, maybe we should have gone to Tyler Choate a batter or two earlier. In the end he was starting to elevate pitches and get a little bit fatigued.”

On his thoughts about UNI throwing Nick Kirk today...
“He knows his personnel better than we, and Kirk has had success this season. We bounced (Guido) Fonseca around in game one with UNI. Kirk did not throw poorly by any means. There defense hurt them a little bit, but he is one of those guys that is going to change speeds and pitch backwards a little bit. I thought for the most part he threw pretty well, he just got matched up with someone who threw better today.”

Avoiding the loser’s bracket...
“Regardless of the format, you get into the loser’s bracket in a tournament like this with quality teams and you’ve got your back against the wall. I like the way our three weekend starters have thrown lately. But you get in that loser’s bracket and you are talking about playing five or six games. Our bullpen is a little short right now. This is a huge win just trying to avoid being in a situation like that.”

On the UNI rally in the ninth...
“The way Cody (Adams) threw in the eighth, he looked great with his pitch count. He is a very conditioned athlete. I knew it was hot, and hot on that turf, but I thought where he was and the way he had thrown in the seventh and eighth that he was in great shape still in the ninth. Maybe we should have got him out of there a hitter earlier, but I would have had a hard time with myself making a pitching change too early. That would have been difficult to make the change, but we got him out when we needed to and Choate came in and did what he needed to do.”

Catcher Mark Kelly
On Cody Adams’ day...
“Honestly it was like playing a video game. Wherever I wanted him to put the ball he put it with three pitches working down in the zone. His fastball had a lot of life and his slider was the best I’ve seen in two years. It was fun, just calling my own game. I just put my fingers down where ever I wanted the ball and it was right there in the mitt.”

On importance of winning the first game...
“This is huge to get out here and get a win to get into the winner’s bracket. I know we still got a long road to go, but this is so different than us sitting here talking about regrouping and coming back tonight. We can relax a little bit tonight and refocus for tomorrow.”

On tomorrow’s starter Shawn Joy’s success at Eck Stadium...
“Our starting pitching has been great the last couple weeks, Adam Curynski too. I know Shawn is going to get a good effort. Even if he doesn’t have his best stuff, I know he is going to battle. The last couple weeks he has had his good stuff.”

Pitcher Cody Adams
On his outing versus UNI...
“My slider was probably my best pitch today and it has been my past couple starts. It finally came around the last three or four weeks. My fastball had a lot of life on it. I am not real sure on velocity, but it was down in the zone and they kept rolling over balls. It helped me out with my defense behind me.”

On his confidence from his previous start against UNI...
“It was a big confidence booster. I kind of know how to face some of the kids, and others I had to mix it up a little bit. Mark (Kelly) called a great game, I went with him about every pitch.”

On facing Brandon Douglas in the sixth with two on...
“I had a really good feel for it. He is a great hitter, but I got ahead in the count and I threw probably my best slider of the day (on the second pitch) and he swung through it. I just tried to throw the next one in the dirt and he ended up swinging at it. It was good for me, I was just trying to go after him and let him hit it and put it in play.”

Third Baseman Tyler Lairson
On his home run at-bat...
“It was a fastball he left up and in. I went up looking for a fastball that at-bat, trying to stay on something and shoot something up the middle. I got enough of it, I guess.”


NORTHERN IOWA
Head Coach Rick Heller
Opening Statement...
“What we saw today was a very good pitching performance by Cody Adams. He kept the ball down and had good command of both his fastball and his slider. He didn’t elevate the ball much and he was getting the call at the knees, so consequently we struggled offensively. I like the fact that we fought and rallied back in the ninth. The errors hurt us, and ultimately was the game.”

Being in the loser’s bracket...
“Our injuries seem to take some energy away, I can sit here and say it doesn’t matter but it does. We just need to take them one at a time and get what you get. (Guido) Fonseca needs a good outing tonight, throw a lot of strikes and eat a lot of innings so we don’t have to go to the bullpen early. We need to find a way to win that one and piece them together from there. It is not going to be easy but when you put yourself in a bad spot like we did today.”

On defensive struggles...
“I have no idea, I mean it makes no sense whatsoever. We played solid defense up until the last game against Bradley, and all of a sudden guys starting getting in there head. It is not just one day, it seems to be spread out. We aren’t doing anything out of the ordinary, we have been practicing hard.”

On Brandon Douglas’ injury...
“He went to round first base (at home) and he pulled it pretty bad. He has been getting treatment and we have made the decision to play him. He really hasn’t done much practice-wise. He is going to play, but he probably shouldn’t be.”

Pitcher Nick Kirk
On his outing...
“I pitched alright, I didn’t have good stuff. I have definitely pitched better.”

Shortstop Brandon Douglas
On Cody Adams’ slider...
“We were just missing it and hitting choppers. His slider was good. He kept it out of the zone, low, and we chased it a lot today.”

On his at-bat in the sixth...
“I believe the slider that struck me out didn’t get across the plate.”

On mindset going into ninth...
“We came in and had a little meeting before everyone goes into the dugout, and we just decided to do whatever we could to get the next guy up, don’t make the first out, don’t make the last out. We fought and did everything we could getting hits and runs in. We would have liked to have had that happen a little earlier in the game. If we would have been able to get one or two runs earlier, we probably would have won if we could get something like that in the ninth.”

Leftfielder Dane Embury
On recent defensive struggles...
“It’s baseball, that’s what happens and you have to move on and put it under the dirt. We need to keep playing hard ball and not make physical mistakes.”

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