ACC: Game four begins, game three quotes
By Glenn Tanner - May 26, 2007
Miami and Wake Forest are just starting the nightcap. Clemson's win eliminated Miami, but even though the Canes can't win the tournament title, they are likely still playing for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Wake Forest now controls its own destiny -- win and they play Carolina tomorrow. A Miami win sends Clemson to the title game.
Miami will throw Enrique Garcia (7-3, 3.14 ERA in 80.1 innings) against Wake Forest's Ben Hunter. Hunter is 6-6 with a 4.55 ERA. He has allowed opposing hitters to bat .290 and has thrown 10 wild pitches and has hit 7 batters in 63.1 innings, so he doesn't always know where it's going when he lets go.
Actually, we're already through one inning. Wake went down quickly in the first, and Blake Tekotte led off the bottom of the inning with a triple into the right field corner. But Miami wasted the opportunity when Roger Tomas popped up, and Yonder Alonso and Dennis Raben struck out.
I wonder if Jack Leggett is sitting in his hotel room, watching the game on TV, wearing a Miami shirt, and pounding pillows over that start?
Quotes from FSU-Clemson...
"I'm not frustrated whatsoever. We were beaten by two clubs that deserved to win." -- FSU coach Mike Martin
"They had a great approach today. They made adjustments from last time. A couple of guys got right up on the plate. They won, plain and simple." -- Bryan Henry
"Regardless of whether we play tomorrow we're going to take the confidence from this one into a regional." -- Clemson coach Jack Leggett
"I definitely worked ahead in the count and if you work ahead in the count, good things are going to come your way. I controlled my secondary stuff really well, my slider was definitely working. I gotta give it up to [catcher] Doug Hogan and [pitching coach] Kevin O'Sullivan because they did a great job calling the game. I wiped when I felt confident in something, but they did a great job and our defense was unbelievable today. You can never throw a CG without your defense playing great behind you." -- David Copp
"I was thinking before the game -- this team's tough 1 through 9. I didn't even make it out of the fifth inning last time I faced FSU, and I thought I had pretty good stuff then, too. I came out with the mentality to keep my team close because they had Bryan Henry out there and he's not going to give up many runs." -- Copp
"We knew we were going to have to take the ball the other way. We knew we were going to have to control the outside part of the plate and that's where he was going to go a lot. All the hitters 1 through 9 decided to get on the plate and take the ball the other way, and when he came in, you had to fight it off" -- Tyler Harbin
"I'm pumped. I'm excited. I'm sure Copp's excited about his pitching, but you won't find a happier guy on this team than me. I forgot what it was like to play. I may have to ice my legs up. I haven't run that much in a while." -- Brad Chalk, who played in the field after missing nearly a month with a back injury
"I guess I've gotta be a Miami fan tonight." -- Leggett
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 08:37 PM on May 26, 2007