A-Sun: Stetson Reaction
By Bryan App - May 25, 2007
Here are some quotes from Stetson coach Pete Dunn after his team's 2-1, 11-inning win against Mercer. The top-seeded Hatters will try to remain alive in the A-Sun tournament when they face third-seeded Belmont at 7 p.m.
On the collision between Mercer pinch runner Richard Bentley and Stetson catcher Mark Rood that caused benches to clear in the top of the 11th:
"I think it was pretty emotional leading up to that, but [the play at the plate] was huge. [Center fielder] Shane [Jordan] just made a great throw, and the runner ran into [Rood]. I don't think it was flagrant, where he tried to hurt him, but the rules are pretty protective in college baseball. If that happens in pro ball -- hey, no harm, no foul. That was an emotional time. Both teams left the bench, which you're not supposed to do. Fortunately, the umpires kept it under control, and the coaches kept it under control. That's a situation that could have really gotten out of hand in an emotional game like that....By rule, they could have tossed some guys in addition to [the base runner] but they realized that it was an emotional play and nobody ran out there and started swinging. But obviously tempers were running high.
"We've got to keep that adrenaline going. Sometimes, when you have an emotional win like that, you have a letdown the next game. When you're in the loser's bracket, you can't afford a letdown."
On Shane Jordan's game winning run in the bottom of the 11th scored off a sac fly to foul territory in shallow right field:
"It was a tough call to send him in the last inning, but without Shane [Jordan], we probably couldn't have scored. I'm surprised [the right fielder] caught it. I guess he thought he was shallow enough and under control. Had it not been Shane, out best runner, the throw probably would have made it."
On Stetson's recent offensive slump after leading the league in hitting and scoring during the regular season:
"We didn't lead the conference in hitting for nothing. Yeah, we're struggling now, and we've been struggling the last couple weeks, but you never know where that spark is. Maybe this emotional win will do it. Our guys are not doing anything wrong fundamentally. Right now, it's in their heads."
On Hatters remaining optimistic after Thursday's loss:
"We told our guys last night that two years ago we were in the same situation. We won the first one, lost the second one to [Florida Atlantic] and then battled our way through the loser's bracket to win it. So obviously, we have a template to go by. And I don't think our guys thought we were out of it. We just have to do it the tough way."
Posted by Bryan App at 03:37 PM on May 25, 2007