June 9, 2013
Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell
(Opening Statement) "Those who know me know how much respect I have for Vanderbilt, Tim Corbin, the coaching staff and their players. I think this is three times in the last five years we've had to battle and hopefully the NCAA will split us up one day where we both can go to Omaha. They had an unbelievable year and it's a shame that only one of us can advance."
(On bringing in Cody Ege in the ninth) "You have to go with your gut and you have to go with what you believe in. You look at matchups and I trust Coach (Rogers) Williams. He deserves the credit. (Tony) Kemp just didn't look like a good matchup for (Nick) Burdi. He just looks like he's going to put the ball in play every time. I felt like he was going to flick one over third or flick one into left and obviously Rog (Williams) did too. He was convinced we should go with Ege and I just agreed with him."
(On getting back to the College World Series) "I think in 2007 when we went, we caught people off guard, even our fan base. I guess it's a little disappointing LSU made it yesterday because I'm afraid their fan base is going to take up all the hotels in Omaha, but I've been saying it since our leadoff banquet in January, we're going to represent. Our fans are going to represent and I think we're going to give LSU a run for their money there in fan support."
Louisville RHP Jeff Thompson
(On his success today) "I felt good the whole time. I was trying to get Coach (Roger) Williams to let me keep going and I think it was all adrenaline. I was really all around the zone the whole game, but later in the game they started swinging at some pitches to help me out. I was 3-2 (counts) way too much and that's why my pitch count was so high, but we ended up getting the win."
(On what this means to the team) "This is huge for us. We came in as freshmen and Coach (McDonnell) always says he threw us into the fire, but after that we responded pretty well the next season by getting out to Arizona. We ran into a great team there, but it's finally happening for us. We get to go to Omaha."
Louisville OF Coco Johnson
(On the emotions during the game) "Going into the game I was like, we're one win away from going to Omaha. It hasn't really sunk in yet. I'm excited, but later tonight when I'm sleeping in bed it will hit me. I'll be 10 times happier than I am right now, but it's huge for the team. This is what we talked about from day one that I stepped on campus, so it's exciting."
(On the pitching staff) "Our pitchers have been doing the job all year. The pitchers and the hitters get in arguments every now and then at practice about little things, but they make us comfortable to hit when they are shutting teams down. They make it easier for us."