CWS Baseball Highlights/Postgame Florida State 1, Arkansas 0

Arkansas first baseman catches ball

The Arkansas Razorbacks fell to Florida State 1-0 on Saturday at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, NE. Look inside for highlights from the game along with Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn and selected Razorback players speaking to the media following the game.


Score by Innings R H E
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Florida State....... 000 000 001 - 1 5 1
Arkansas............ 000 000 000 - 0 5 1
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Play by Play: Florida State 1, Arkansas 0

Florida State starters: 16/ss Salvatore; 23/rf Albert; 22/3b Mendoza;
26/dh Martin; 8/cf Flowers; 35/1b Smith; 63/c Nelson; 2/2b De
Sedas; 37/lf Becker; 43/p Parrish;
Arkansas starters: 4/1b Ezell; 15/ss Martin; 10/dh Goodheart; 24/cf
Fletcher; 18/rf Kjerstad; 7/2b Kenley; 12/c Opitz; 5/3b Nesbit;
25/lf Franklin; 55/p Campbell;
Florida State 1st – No play. Salvatore grounded out to ss (1-1 BK).
Albert walked (3-2 BFSBBB). Mendoza flied out to lf (1-1 BF).
Martin struck out swinging (1-2 KSBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1
L O B .
Arkansas 1st – Ezell lined out to ss (3-1 BBKB). Martin lined out to
ss (1-2 BKS). Goodheart lined out to 2b (0-1 K). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.
Florida State 2nd – Flowers singled to left field (0-1 K). Smith
struck out swinging (3-2 SBBKFBFS). Nelson singled to right field
(1-0 B); Flowers advanced to second. De Sedas struck out looking
(0-2 SFK). Becker struck out swinging (2-2 FFBBS). 0 runs, 2 hits,
0 errors, 2 LOB.
Arkansas 2nd – Fletcher struck out swinging (1-2 KBSS). Kjerstad
flied out to cf to left center (2-0 BB). Kenley reached on
catcher’s interference (0-1 K). Kenley advanced to second on a wild
pitch. Opitz walked (3-1 BBBKB). Nesbit struck out swinging, out at
first c to 1b (0-2 KKS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Florida State 3rd – Salvatore struck out swinging, out at first c to
1b (1-2 KKBFS). Albert singled to center field (0-1 K). Mendoza
grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (0-2 KK); Albert out on
the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Arkansas 3rd – Franklin singled through the left side (1-0 B). Ezell
singled up the middle (1-2 FBS); Franklin advanced to second.
Martin grounded out to p (0-1 K); Ezell advanced to second;
Franklin advanced to third. Goodheart lined into double play 2b to
3b (1-2 KBSFF); Franklin out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors,
1 LOB.
Florida State 4th – Martin grounded out to 2b (3-2 BSBFB). Flowers
struck out swinging (2-2 BKSBS). Smith reached on a fielding error
by 2b (0-2 KK). Nelson singled through the left side (0-0); Smith
advanced to second. De Sedas struck out looking (2-2 SBFBK). 0
runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Arkansas 4th – Fletcher grounded out to ss (2-2 BSSB). Kjerstad flied
out to cf (0-0). Kenley grounded out to p (0-2 KK). 0 runs, 0 hits,
0 errors, 0 LOB.
Florida State 5th – Becker flied out to lf (0-1 K). Salvatore walked
(3-2 KFBBBFB). Albert flied out to lf (0-0). Mendoza struck out
swinging (3-2 SSBBBFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Arkansas 5th – Opitz singled to left center (1-2 BKF). Nesbit struck
out looking (0-2 FFK). Franklin reached on a fielder’s choice to
third base (0-1 S); Opitz out at second 3b to 2b. Franklin out at
second p to 1b to ss, picked off, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 0 LOB.
Florida State 6th – Martin struck out swinging (1-2 SBSS). Flowers
grounded out to 3b (1-1 BK). Smith singled to center field (1-0 B).
Nelson lined out to rf (2-0 BB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Arkansas 6th – Ezell struck out swinging (1-2 BFFFFFS). Martin struck
out swinging (1-2 BSSS). Goodheart walked (3-0 BBBB). Fletcher
singled to center field (1-1 KB); Goodheart advanced to third.
Kjerstad grounded out to p (0-2 KS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2
L O B .
Florida State 7th – De Sedas flied out to rf (0-0). Becker struck out
swinging, out at first c to 1b (0-2 FFS). Salvatore flied out to lf
(0-1 S). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Arkansas 7th – Kenley popped up to 2b (0-2 SF). Opitz struck out
swinging (2-2 SBBKS). Nesbit struck out swinging (1-2 FSBS). 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Florida State 8th – Scroggins to p for Campbell. Albert flied out to
cf (0-0). Mendoza lined out to lf (1-0 B). Martin lined out to rf
(3-2 BFKBFB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Arkansas 8th – Franklin doubled to right field (2-2 BSFB). Ezell
grounded out to ss (1-0 B); Franklin advanced to third. Martin
struck out swinging (2-2 KBSBS). Goodheart struck out swinging (1-2
SSBS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Florida State 9th – Flowers hit by pitch (1-1 BK). Smith reached on a
fielder’s choice to shortstop (3-1 KBBB); Flowers advanced to
second. Arkansas Shortstop fielded ball, dislodged at second on tag
attempt. Cronin to p for Scroggins. Nelson grounded out to p, SAC,
bunt (1-1 BK); Smith advanced to second; Flowers advanced to third.
De Sedas flied out to rf, SF, RBI (0-0); Smith advanced to third;
Flowers scored. Swanson pinch hit for Becker. Swanson struck out
swinging (3-2 BBSBFS). 1 run, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Arkansas 9th – Albert to cf. Martin to rf. Flowers to p. Cabell to lf
for Swanson. / for Parrish. Fletcher grounded out to ss (1-2 KBF).
Kjerstad lined out to 1b (1-2 BSF). Kenley struck out swinging (1-2
SBFFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Arkansas Quotes

DAVE VAN HORN: Yeah, just a really, really wellpitched game by both teams. I thought Isaiah threw
the ball extremely well and pitch count got up just a
little bit and then he had a couple quick innings there.
He got us through seven. Parrish was really good. He
was really good when we got runners on, especially in
scoring position, mixing that changeup, fastball,
breaking ball. We hit some balls hard early at people,
hit a couple balls off the end of the bat that just
happened to go right at them, as well, but that’s kind of
the way the game works. But give them credit, they did
a great job, both pitchers.
I guess that’s about all I’ve got.
Q. Trevor, what did you think of Parrish? You guys
obviously got runners in scoring position but
couldn’t get the big hit, and Isaiah, you had a lot of
guys on base but you were able to pitch out of
trouble. Kind of go over that, how you got out of a
lot of jams.
TREVOR EZELL: Yeah, I think Coach Van Horn said it.
With runners on he did a great job of making pitches,
mixing pitches and he just mixed the whole game, all
three of them, changeup, curveball, fastball. Kept us
off balance and those couple times we had him in
trouble he really dug deep, and made pitches and got
some strikeouts and we weren’t able to score.
ISAIAH CAMPBELL: Yeah, I’m just a competitor.
Those were self-inflicted. Walked some guys and just
missed some spots, gave them some hits. But I just
compete and just gave the team a chance to win today
and they just out-pitched us today and they just got that
timely hit, and that was the difference in the ballgame.
Q. Isaiah, it seemed like you’re trading zeros at the
College World Series. First of all, how much fun is
that to be a part of, and secondly, did you feel like
you kind of found your rhythm in the middle to later
part of your outing there?
ISAIAH CAMPBELL: Yeah, it’s fun when you’re battling,
putting up 0’s. It’s the biggest stage in baseball and to
do it in front of 26,000 fans, it’s special. We gave the
fans a treat, pitcher duel, and I definitely found my
groove, started having all four pitches and just felt more
comfortable on the mound and just commanded all four
pitches and just threw them for strikes, got ahead of
more hitters and just got quick outs.
Q. Trevor, I think it’s only the second time you guys
were shut out this year. Alabama was the other
one. You guys have been so good all season, kind
of hard to believe you got shut out. Do you just
have to give FSU credit on that?
TREVOR EZELL: Oh yeah, we’re just going to tip the
cap. They did a fantastic job on the mound, Parrish
and Flowers both there at the end. Like I said, they
kept us off balance. Really kept the off speed down, so
there weren’t too much pitches we shall capitalize on or
really had chances to capitalize on. He was that good
today.
Q. Trevor, the off-speed stuff, was it what you guys
had seen on video coming in? Was it better than
what you had seen in the scouting report from
Parrish?
TREVOR EZELL: I wouldn’t say that per se. We knew
he was going to throw a lot of mix, throw a lot of the
change and the curve, and he just did a good job
locating, didn’t miss a whole lot, was able to mix it in
well with his fastball and pitch off that, and he did a
great job.
Q. Isaiah, obviously the team is going to have to
win a couple games for you to get another start.
Do you have a good feeling that you haven’t
pitched your last game yet? What do you think
about the rest of the series now?
ISAIAH CAMPBELL: Yeah, absolutely. I don’t think I’ve
pitched my last game. This team has battled and
competed all year. That’s what we’re going to do. It
starts Monday. We’ve just got to come out against
Texas Tech, hit the ball, pitch really well, and just play
Arkansas baseball. But I definitely don’t think it’s my
last time pitching as a Razorback.
Q. Coach, Parrish has good starts, he’s been really
good this year. His bad ones not so much. What
did he have in the good ones tonight and why has
there been such a difference between him good
and bad?
DAVE VAN HORN: Well, he threw a lot of strikes
tonight and he was ahead in the count a lot, just really
did a good job of mixing, keeping our guys off balance.
He really didn’t double up too much. A couple of
fastballs here and there, a couple of changeups here
and there, but mixed it in and out, up and down, and
when we got runners in scoring position, he wouldn’t
give us a fastball to hit. When he threw a fastball, to
me he was just setting up the next pitch, which was
usually a changeup, to the right-handers. Just he had
command. He had it rolling out there.
Q. You probably are used to this by now from
Isaiah with the kind of year he’s had, but to see him
go out here and have a game like this where he had
to battle and he matched 0’s for seven innings,
what more can you say about him and what this
performance — how do you put that in perspective
for him?
DAVE VAN HORN: Yeah, he did everything he could to
give us an opportunity to win the game. He probably
didn’t have his best stuff early, kind of kicked it into
gear in the middle a little bit and got out of a jam or
two. But it seems like I don’t know how many starts
he’s had now, probably 18 or so. It seems like every
time he goes out there, he gives us six plus, seven
plus, and we were in every game and had a chance to
win it. Even his only loss this year we lost 3-2 and had
a chance to tie it up and take the lead late in the game
and we didn’t do it. But he’s just been special. I think
the players know that when they come to the field and
he’s starting that we have a really good opportunity to
win the ballgame.
Q. You guys obviously had guys in scoring
position, left a lot of guys on. They did, too. Do
you feel like you just couldn’t quite get that timely
hit tonight or fly ball or whatever you needed?
DAVE VAN HORN: Yeah, we had really two shots to
get him. We only left six runners on. We didn’t have a
lot of runners when I say only. But we had a couple
guys on third base or second and third with less than
two. We’ve got to get — we’ve just got to make contact.
We had runners at second and third and they ran the
infield in on us, and Goodheart hit one off the end of
the bat, went right at him. That’s kind of the way the
game works. If it’s 10-foot one way or the other, we
score two runs instead of one. If they stay back, we
get one run out of it. But give them credit. They did a
great job and they gambled a little bit and it paid off. It
doesn’t surprise me the game was low scoring. I
wouldn’t have predicted 1-0. Maybe 3-2, somewhere in
there, but what a great job by both pitchers.
Q. That was kind of a crazy play tonight when
Casey was charging in, I guess the runner ran into
him, knocked the ball loose. How did you see that
play?
DAVE VAN HORN: Again, it’s kind of the breaks of the
game. They were stealing on the pitch it looked like to
me. Shortstop was breaking to the bag a little bit late,
runner hit it or batter hit it and kind of hit it at us and
had an opportunity to field it, tag and throw, probably
get a double play. I really don’t know what happened.
I’d have to see it again. I think it was all just so tight in
there he didn’t have a chance to really get his glove in
position to make a tag with that hard contact. He lost
his glove and everything. Again, it’s just the way it is.
That’s the way the game works.
Q. I guess that was basically my question. Is he
okay? Did he come out of that okay injury-wise?
DAVE VAN HORN: Yeah, I think he’s fine. I think he
jammed his wrist just there a little bit because it caught
him awkwardly. I think if he was really, really hurt he
would have told me. He may be a little sore in the
morning, but I’ll check on it later tonight. But yeah, I
think he’s all right.
Q. Dave, you guys beat South Carolina 1-0. I think
there’s only been one other 1-0 game since then.
Do you remember that game all those years ago
and did it remind you of that?
DAVE VAN HORN: Yeah, 1-0, 17 innings. What do you
want to know about it? (Laughter). No, we won that
game. That’s all I remember.

Florida State Quotes

MIKE MARTIN: Y’all saw the same game that I did, and
that was just a masterpiece of pitching by these two
men. It was a game in which you’re on the edge of
your seat the entire nine innings. It was extremely wellplayed by both teams. Isaiah pitched beautiful baseball
for them, also. It was a game that if you knew you
could go to a baseball game every night, you would be
big-time baseball fans because that’s the way you hope
that your team plays every night.
I know it’s disappointing for the other team. They had a
lot of things, so to speak, go our way, but I just can’t
say enough about Drew Parrish and J.C. Flowers.
Let’s get that clear. And the guy that’s back there
getting no credit whatsoever, he takes one off the arm,
he takes one off the leg, nobody really cares, get the
dadgum ball, throw it back to the pitcher, squat down
and call the game. But this freshman Matt Nelson
really is beginning to come of age. I’m very proud of
the way he is improving, and I’m anxious to see him for
— I don’t know, we know that we’ve got two for sure, so
let’s just look at it that way. I’ve got a chance to see
him play two. We don’t know what’s going to happen. I
can’t sit here and say we’re in the driver’s seat. This
field is strong. This field is really impressive. So this
tournament is a long way from being in anybody’s
hands.
Q. J.C., can you take us through the swing of
emotions from the play at second base to scoring
the run and then closing that thing out?
J.C. FLOWERS: It was a lot of emotions going on. It
was a close game all the way through, and Arkansas
played really, really well. At the end of the day, one
team is going to come out on top, and I was just glad to
be able to score the first and only run and be able to
close it out for my team.
Q. J.C., talk about the catch that you made there
against the wall.
J.C. FLOWERS: I saw it off the bat, and I thought that
— I knew I could catch it if I had room, and obviously I
had room, and was just able to jump up there and
catch it. I hit a side on the wall. I was fine.
Q. Drew, you said coming into this matchup that
you knew you were going to have to bring your A
game against Isaiah Campbell. What was it like to
be in that battle with him and just those moments
where Arkansas got runners on and you were able
to get out of it? What was going through your
mind?
DREW PARRISH: Yeah, like I said, (indiscernible) keep
my team in the game and allowed them to scratch a
run or two at the end there. It was just a great game
overall. Just a lights-out performance from both sides,
and (indiscernible).
Q. J.C., were you stealing on that play where I
guess you kind of ran into Martin and knocked the
ball loose? And can you kind of describe that
play?
J.C. FLOWERS: Yeah, it was a hit and run. I think the
count was 3-1, and yeah, he just — he came across the
bag, made a nice play, and I guess his momentum and
he tagged me on the stomach, and the ball just came
out, glove came off. I hope he’s doing okay.
Q. Drew, where does that rank? I know you’ve had
a lot of great games in your career. Where does
that rank? Seemed like whenever you needed a
strikeout with guys on you were able to come up
with it.
DREW PARRISH: Rank as in my career?
Q. Your best outing.
DREW PARRISH: Pitching in Omaha has got to be the
top by far. Every kid dreams of playing at that field and
being in a situation like it was tonight with great fan
support from both sides and great competition. It’s
probably the best game of my career.
Q. Kind of a follow-up to that, it’s a dream to pitch
here anyway, but then when you have one of the
best games of your life, what’s that sensation like
to come through with your best when you’re
playing the biggest game of your life?
DREW PARRISH: I mean, it’s kind of hard to describe
the emotions that were going through the game
because I don’t really know what happened out there,
honestly, as part of the emotion standpoint. I was just
locked in and trying to throw pitches and keep my team
in the game. Probably in a few days from now it’ll hit
me, and I’ll take a step back and try to take it in for a
minute.
Q. Mat, from your perspective what did you see
from Drew tonight and do you feel like that was the
best you’ve seen him this year?
MATHEU NELSON: No, at the beginning of the year he
was lights out just like that against Maine in the first
couple of opening series. Throughout the middle of the
series, I didn’t catch him so much on Friday nights.
Foster did a great job catching him and he still threw
really well with Foster, and his changeup was just
unhittable tonight. The ball was stopping in slow
motion, it was stopping in mid-air. It was almost as if
the ball was stopping and then the guys were already
through their swing and the ball wasn’t even there. I
mean, his fastball, he was locating well, his curveball
was on, he was burying pitches when he needed to.
He just did one heck of a job, especially on that pickoff, too, when we picked that guy off early in the game.
That was awesome.
Q. J.C., Florida State has not won their opening
game in Omaha in quite a while. Were you aware
of that, and do you think that puts you guys a little
more in the driver’s seat winning the first one?
J.C. FLOWERS: I was here my freshman year and we
lost the opening game. I wasn’t aware that we haven’t
won one in a while, but I don’t think that puts us in the
driver’s seat. Michigan is a great team, and we’re
going to go out there and battle just like we did tonight
and hopefully we get a good outcome.
Q. Drew, I think it was the sixth inning you got the
last out, there was a chopper right back at you and
you kind of batted it down with your bare hand.
Was that just a reaction play, and did that sting any,
or what did that feel like off your hand there?
DREW PARRISH: Yeah, it was definitely a reaction
play. In my head, I’m like, all right, this is a base hit.
I’m going to throw everything I can at it to stop it. As
far as hurting, no, my adrenaline was going throughout
the game, but I’m sure tomorrow it’s going to be a little
sore. I got yelled at for doing that. (Laughter).
Q. Drew, I guess you’d probably say it’s been a little
bit of an up-and-down year for you on the mound.
What have you kind of been focusing on as we get
to this last part of the season and what has been
the key for you to go out and have a night like this?
DREW PARRISH: Honestly, everything that happened
in the past is in the past and it doesn’t matter anymore.
We’ve just got to keep pushing and keep focusing on
what’s next and the next step was tonight and I couldn’t
think about the past and just had to go out there and
play my best and help the team out.
Q. Coach, you guys hadn’t won a road super
regional ever. You do that, you guys hadn’t been
on the road much in regional and you win that, now
you come here for the first time since 1999 and you
win Game 1 in Omaha. From your perspective
you’ve coached a long time, what’s been different
about this team and this run?
MIKE MARTIN: I really think it was that meeting that
the men had when things were not going right. We
knew that we were in jail, and the only way we were
going to get out of it was to start playing better and
hopefully get in the tournament, and I think we played
very well against Clemson, three games, and we just
knew that we had to continue to strive to get better and
not fall in love with ourselves. We haven’t done that.
We know we’re not falling in love with ourselves right
now because nothing is settled. Nothing is declared.
We just know we’ve got to keep battling.
Q. I know you’ve won over 2,000, but you were 0 for
5 against Arkansas so I think they’ve beaten you
more than anybody you haven’t beaten. I think the
worst record was 0-2 against a couple of teams.
Were you aware of that, and how big of a deal was
it to finally beat them here in Omaha?
MIKE MARTIN: I knew that the University of Arkansas
had handled us right easy. I was not aware that it was
5-0. Thank God I didn’t. (Laughter).
Q. Coach, can you put Drew’s performance into
perspective to do what he did against that kind of
an offensive team and this kind of a setting,
especially with the season that he’s had and the
career that he’s had and the whole thing? Kind of
put that in perspective.
MIKE MARTIN: Mike Martin Jr., and Clyde Keller did a
great job of calling the game. I felt that they were just
excellent. There’s no way that I can say that I haven’t
seen Drew pitch this well. I’ve seen him pitch as well
before. He’s just that kind of battler, that kind of
competitor. He’s a coach’s dream when it comes to —
you know who your Friday night guy is. A great team
player. The only thing I’ve seen him do wrong is stick
his dadgum left hand out twice to catch a dadgum onehop ground ball. That’s the one thing I get a little
attitude with him about. But Drew Parrish is a great
Seminole. He’s a good student. He’s a guy that has
done so much for our program. He’s a great leader,
one of our captains. This program will certainly miss
possibly having him back with us next year.
Q. Coach, C.J. is going to start for you Monday I
assume, and how much has he improved this year?
Talk about his overall game this year.
MIKE MARTIN: Sometimes last year he would throw
the ball 95, 96, but it would be an absolute no decision.
It would be ball 1 and all of a sudden he’ll get an
attitude and throw the next one a little harder and it’s
ball 2. He learned how to pitch. He’s not a guy that is
trying to throw it 100. He’s trying to hit his spots. He’s
throwing at 96, but he’s not over-throwing like he did
last year. His breaking ball has gotten much more
consistent, and I’ve noticed that Mike is starting to call
more changeups with him because that really gives
him three very good pitches.
Q. Over these last seven games, what’s pleased
you the most on this win streak that maybe you
didn’t see earlier in the season?
MIKE MARTIN: Probably the togetherness, the heart
that our team has shown. You learn a lot about people
when things don’t go their way, and there were some
things that so-called didn’t go our way. But they fought.
They’re still fighting. They know they haven’t decided
anything. There’s a lot of baseball left. That’s
encouraging as a coach to know that you have a team
like that.
Q. To get to the ninth, you had to survive that
double in the eighth. You went out and you talked
to Drew. Did you consider going to the bullpen,
and what did you tell him at that point when you
had a guy on third and one out?
MIKE MARTIN: No, sir, I did not consider going to the
bullpen at that point. We talked about what we were
going to do. Was that the first and third or just the man
on third?
Q. Just the man on third.
MIKE MARTIN: We went over with our infielders to be
sure that we don’t — I call it cheating, where guys cheat
up instead of being sure that they’re, the way we teach
it, they’re one step from the grass, not on the grass,
and just tried to be sure to tell Mat that you’re going to
block everything because we trust you and we’re going
to throw a curveball in the dirt occasionally, so get it
done. We’re very pleased with that young man.
Q. With the two years that Drew has had getting
thrust into that Friday night role after Tyler Holton
goes down on opening day to what happened in
that regional to the up and downs that he’s had this
year, for him to have this big a moment on this big
a stage, how does that make you feel for the ace?
MIKE MARTIN: It makes you feel that he’s passing on
what he learned to the young men in our program.
We’ve got a lot of young freshman pitchers, and his
attitude, his approach to the game, his work ethic, he’s
passing that on. And that’s so important in college life.
You pass along good things, the others will turn out
good. That’s what I get out of it, because Drew learned
from Holton. I won’t stop talking about Holton if I get
started. But that’s in the past. Very proud of this
ballclub because they understand that they haven’t
done anything. There’s still so much baseball left to be
played.
Q. That play in the ninth where Flowers, I guess he
said he was going to a hit and run and there was a
lot of contact there in the baseline. What was your
take on that play?
MIKE MARTIN: It was a play in which you saw a
baseball player play the game the way it should be
played. He had only one way to get to the bag, and he
went in to the straightest line he possibly could, and
unfortunately the young man’s glove was right there,
and hopefully he’s fine. Did he stay in the game?
Q. He stayed in the game.
MIKE MARTIN: Thank God he’s okay. Good.
Q. You’ve been on both sides of this, as they’ve
already talked about. A lot of discussion about the
differences, but I’d like to know what in your mind
is the major difference in the way you can
approach things going forward after taking the first
game.
MIKE MARTIN: Well, I probably hold a record for losing
the first two the most. But anyway, I’m just, again,
ecstatic with the way the guys played. They’re not
thinking anything about the fact that we haven’t done a
certain thing. They did find out when we were in the
outfield that that was the first game that we had won on
the first night in many moons. But I just think that this
club has a good head on their shoulders. They’re not
one to go out and think they’ve got it made. They know
they’ve got a lot of work to do.
Did I answer your question?
Q. I guess I’d like to know a little more, how does it
allow you to approach things moving forward,
winning the first game versus not? What in your
mind are the major advantages of going ahead and
grabbing that first game?
MIKE MARTIN: Well, I’m sure that the confidence
factor comes into play, but there’s still nothing going to
change at practice. We will practice tomorrow before
we play on Monday, and there’s some things that we
can cover that we did not do well. But they understand,
it’s the little things that are so important.

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