Feb. 28, 2012
Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell
"Eastern Illinois really pitched well today. They didn't give us any free baserunners at all until the ninth when they hit a guy and walked a guy and we put together a little bit of a rally. For eight innings, they did a great job of keeping us off the bases. We couldn't get runners into scoring position and we could never put enough pressure on them on the mound or defensively, which is a credit to their pitching staff and to how hard they played."
"I was pleased with the way we pitched. We did some good things, especially with (Dace) Kime and (Chad) Green coming out of the bullpen. And Derek Self looked very good again. Unfortunately, it was just a day that we didn't do enough offensively. It's frustrating and disappointing, but I give those guys a lot of credit. Hopefully, we'll be better this weekend against a very good Pepperdine club."
Louisville Sophomore OF/LHP Cole Sturgeon
(On the offensive struggles in Tuesday's loss) "As a group, we didn't come out ready to play. It took a ninth inning rally to get our dugout going and that includes players in the game and players not in the game. We just didn't have a lot of energy today. We pride ourselves on playing hard, but today, we had a bad attitude and a bad vibe in the dugout. That's just unacceptable. You can't come out in a mid-week game and expect to walkover somebody without playing hard. It's really frustrating after sweeping last weekend and playing with a lot of energy and having fun to come out dead today. It just can't happen."
(On preparing for the weekend series with Pepperdine) "We know they've had a good start to the season and they're going to throw a lot of good arms at us. We must have a better approach at the plate. Before today, we had been putting together a lot of good at-bats in a row and I think we've lost our approach a little bit. We just have to get back to doing what we do best and not trying to do something that's out of our comfort zone."