May 31, 2009
Louisville, Head Coach Dan McDonnell
(On the outcome) "It was a frustrating night on our end. I thought we got outplayed in every aspect of the game: pitching, hitting, and defense."
"You have to give the credit to their hitters. It was a bad game on our part. You have to tip your hat to them. They played well and we didn't. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to get ready to play a great game."
(On the double play ball) "I didn't think they tagged Chris. I came running out of the dugout, and I didn't know which umpire to argue with first."
Louisville 3B Chris Dominguez
(On his hitting) "In the first, I thought I had a good swing, but it wasn't enough. I think I'm due for one here soon. To win games we have to hit."
(On defense) "We have played good defense for a couple of games. We need to play good defense in the postseason and have good pitching and hit the ball."
Louisville 1B Andrew Clark
(On what adjustments need to be made) "We have to stay short, lay off the pitches in the dirt and hit more strikes."
Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin
(On the outcome) "I am really proud of my pitcher, Christiani. I just really wanted something good to happen to him. He was the right guy at the right time, pitched well, kept us in the ballgame. We did a nice job of stopping a tough team in a tough environment."
"We are fortunate and it was a good ballgame for us."
(On the bullpen being well-rested) "That was really important for us, to almost get two complete games. Sonny could have thrown a complete game, but we wanted to give some others some work. But to have someone fresh behind Nick in Drew, and Chase did a nice job too."
(On the approach for tomorrow) "I think it was a four game tournament and then it became a three game, then a two. Now it is a one game tournament."
(On the momentum) "I think the momentum was good, coming off a win in the first game. We want to take it one game at a time. We want to carry the momentum we have."
(On the double plays) "The double plays were huge momentum swings for us. With a guy on first, there was a line drive double play, and we had one in the sixth inning. It pumps you back up, and it pumps the whole team back up."
Vanderbilt P Nick Christiani
(On the start of the game) "The first two innings I probably felt as out of sync as I felt all year. But, after that I settled down and tried to keep the ball down. We have a great infield, and outfield, but our infielders played tremendous and we tried to get a lot of ground balls."
(On reacting to the first two innings) "Coach told me to settle down. I just tried to get my rhythm after that and get the ball downstairs."