June 1, 2009
Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell
(On the outcome) "First, I want to congratulate Vanderbilt. I know they had higher goals, but they are such a young team. How well they played in the conference tournament and how well they played in the regional, they were only a swing or two away from winning this thing."
"Next to (Ole Miss head coach) and (The Citadel head coach), I have more respect for Tim Corbin than any other coach in the country. It was very special for me to compete against him and come up on the winning side."
"We did the exact opposite of last night. We pitched, we made plays, and we capitalized and had some timely hits. So, I am especially happy and proud of this group."
(On the pitching) "We have thrown Tony to the fire. Tony has pitched a lot of big games. It was an easy decision on our part and fortunately we have a talented guy like Tony available."
Louisville OF Ryan Wright
(On the homerun) "He got to a 3-1 count and I had first base open. He had been getting everyone out on team with changeups so far. Honestly, I was looking for changeup, and he left it in the middle of the plate, belt-high, and I was lucky I didn't miss it."
Louisville RHP Tony Zych
(On tonight's performance) "I was a little nervous. It was a big start. It felt good when I got out there, and once I got rolling, I felt really good."
(On what helps keep him calm) "Justin has helped me out a lot and I talk to him in the dugout. He keeps me pretty cool. Today I just felt good the whole time."
Louisville LHP Justin Marks
(On being named NCAA Regional MVP) "I didn`t know I was going to throw today. I knew all-around, I had a pretty good performance. It feels great. It was just an unbelievable tournament and an unbelievable feeling."
"I congratulate Louisville. They did a good job. They were scrappy and played a good game. We were victimized in a tournament setting with some defense."
(On Tony Zych) "Good fastball, good arm. He mixed it up. He did a nice job today."
(On Mike Minor) "We went in there with the frame of mind that he would throw 40-50 pitches, and we would leave it at that. I wanted him to face Wright, but he wasn't going to face Arnold. Mike knew what he had in his tank and he knew how far he could go with it. He is very reliable."
(On the starting pitching decision) "We were in a quandary on who to pitch today. I'm gonna miss him. Mikey is a warrior. When he gets to the league my wife and I will be there to watch him if we can get some tickets. We are just irritated right now."
Vanderbilt LF Joe Loftus
(On his performance at the plate) "I didn't try to do too much. A couple of at-bats I was trying to make up for one before. I just got a little uncomfortable and tried to do too much and drill it."
Vanderbilt LHP Mike Minor
(On his pitching) "It was no hit for awhile. I was going on two days rest, but the arm was certainly not hurting, it felt good, but it was a little slow. Breaking pitches were a little off, so I stayed with the changeup. Then I left the slider up, and it cost me."