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Postgame Quotes: #1 Ga Tech d. #2 Texas Tech, 9-3

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2004 NCAA ATLANTA REGIONAL
Game Four: Georgia Tech 9, Texas Tech 3
Post Game Quotes

Texas Tech Head Coach Larry Hays
“Georgia Tech had a good game. Their guy pitched well. We really didn’t. The key for us is we let too many guys get on base. We didn’t get enough lead-off hitters out. Going through the sixth inning, we hit two balls hard — one went off the wall, the other they caught — and they hit a couple of hard ones that went over. We normally play pretty good defense. We didn’t make any errors, but there were three plays we didn’t make that cost us anywhere from three to five runs. That three-run homer could have been just one or two real easy if we just make a play we always make. They’re a good team, they took advantage of the mistakes we made. When you don’t get leadoff hitters, you put your defense in jeopardy. We just didn’t do much to help ourselves today. I’m not taking anything away from Georgia Tech, I’m just disappointed in us not playing our normal game.

On the quick turnaround before tonight’s game:
“We don’t have a choice. It’s not an option, we’ve got to play now. Everyone knows when you go in the Tournament like this, you lose that winner’s bracket game, you’ve got to turn around and play again. So it’s not sneaking up on us. The key for us is we’ve got to come out and pitch. We’ll throw Gooch and we need him to have a good game, because Mississippi State showed us yesterday that they can hit the ball. We’ll be ready to play.

On Georgia Tech pitcher Micah Owings:
“He’s a pretty tough player. He’s got enough velocity that he can get away with a mistake here and there. He throws that knee-high fastball on the outside part of the plate and we were kind of flinching at that.

Georgia Tech Head Coach Danny Hall
“Whit’s home run early gave us the lead and gave us a lot of momentum. Micah continued to battle and work out of trouble the whole game, and I thought Mike Nickeas’ home run really gave us extra momentum and probably picked Micah up a little bit and gave him a little more energy to get through the eighth. Good win for us, and it puts us in a good position.

[Defense] “One of our strong points all year has been that we play great defense. I thought Remole’s catch on their leadoff hitter was a big play in the game because he hit that ball very hard but Remole made the play against the wall and caught it.

“We feel good about where we are. We’ve gotten a lot out of our two starters, and Andrew Kown (Sunday’s starter) has been a horse and a warrior for us all year, so we’re excited about him getting a chance to pitch tomorrow, and we’ve got a lot of other guys ready to throw.

“We talked about it (taking Owings out after seventh), but he felt like he could go one more inning. And as Micah is prone to do, he was even arguing for the ninth.

Georgia Tech First Baseman Whit Robbins
“It felt good. He threw me a fastball about belt high, and I hit it . . . I got some good pitches and did what I was supposed to do with them.

Georgia Tech Pitcher Micah Owings
“I had to battle through. I think they were certain situations where I could have put some of those guys away, and I got a little frustrated. But Whit’s home run really picked us up, and our outfielders and infielders continue to do a great job behind me.

Georgia Tech catcher Mike Nickeas
[Home run] “It was a belt-high fastball. I was looking for a fastball on the first pitch and he gave it to me. I was just glad to be able to do something with it. It’s been a rough season offensively for me, and I continue to feel better as it’s progressing. It’s a good time for me to be getting well. I’m seeing the ball good and I’m happy to finally be doing something.

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