A couple of quotes from tonight's game, in which UC Irvine reliever Blair Erickson set the NCAA saves record:
On getting the saves record tonight and it being a weight off his shoulders:
"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't on my mind. It certainly feels good to get it over with and now we can move on and I can continue to go out there and pull out some games for us."
On how he felt tonight compared to some of his rough outings recently:
"I definitely felt better. There was a stretch there where things weren't going in the zone and it's hard to have confidence when you have outings like that. It was important to get my confidence back tonight and be able to throw strikes and have a good outing.
On what he'll do with the ball from tonight's game:
"I'll probably put it in a case and give it to my parents. I keep every one of them. Maybe when I have time to think about it more, it'll really hit me. I'm just fortunate that my team is able to keep me in games that many times.
On whether he'll sell the ball on Ebay:
"No." (editors note: sorry, I just had to ask... you know how those things pull good bucks nowadays)
UC Irvine coach Dave Serrano:
On what Blair Erickson means to this team:
"It's a special night for him and for us, obviously. In college baseball that's a huge record to have. It's a great tribute to Blair to get that record. I know the last few weeks he hasn't been pitching that great and it's been wearing on him, just like anyone that is coming up on a milestone like that."
On comparing Blair to some of the other pitcher's he's worked with over the years:
"I've told him this before, so I'm not afraid to say this publicly, stuff-wise he has as good as anybody I've been around. Command-wise, I've had some better in that situation. Chad Cordero was a strike-pounder. Kirk Saarloos was a strike-pounder. But Blair has a knack of taking years off my life, 'coz it's not always easy with him. Sometimes he tends to dig himself a hole and he has to claw his way out. Tonight was about as easy as it gets for him. It was good to get that one-run win tonight."