Jorn said his ace sophomore righthander -- maybe the top underclassmen pitcher in college baseball -- sometimes tried to "win the teddy bear like he was throwing to a radar gun at the county fair." He wanted Stanek to just pitch, not try to light up the gun.
It was clear Monday night that Stanek took those words to heart. Stanek -- and Barrett Astin -- pitched a gem to pace Arkansas to a 2-1 victory to end South Carolina's 22-game NCAA tournament winning streak at TD Ameritrade Park.
"That was pitching, not trying to win the teddy bear," Jorn said as he headed with Stanek to the bus. "He really pitched tonight. He didn't over throw. He didn't try to throw it too hard.
"Stanek was tough and then Astin was good, too. They were both tough. I'm proud of them."
Stanek, who was grinning from ear to ear as Jorn spoke, went six innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He turned it over to Astin for the final three innings. And Astin may have been better.
"That's all I got in the tank," said the quiet Astin, generally not much to brag. "That was pretty good. I had it all working."
Center fielder Matt Vinson was sitting next to Astin in the clubhouse. He had a long-range view, but knew what the camera behind him had to be seeing.
"I know it had to be something," Vinson said. "I'm looking right into it. I tried to hit that in the fall. I've seen Stanek and Astin like that and it's big-league stuff. Big league all the way.
"To see that tonight from where I was tonight was pretty awesome. I don't know if I've ever seen college pitching any better. It was darting, diving. Both of them."
Catcher Jake Wise said he sensed early that Carolina's hitters thought they were over matched.
"They generally have a patient approach," Wise said. "But our guys were throwing strikes so they knew they had to go up there aggressive. They tried to go after those pitches and both Ryne and Barrett had them going."
It wasn't just the pitching. The Hogs were almost flawless in the field. Second baseman Bo Bigham was charged with an error -- but it was a brutal call. He dove into the outfield on a play up the middle and tried to throw almost as soon as he got to his feet. It was wide to Dominic Ficociello at first.
Bigham had four other chances, including a bouncer up the middle that Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said he "attacked" to end the game.
"Bo made that one look easy," Van Horn said. "That's a tough play. But he charged and threw across his body in one instant. The guy running is fast. So it was a big-league play."
Bigham gave it an all-shucks take afterwards.
"We work on that one," Bigham said. "Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't. But honestly, I really like those chances. I was a quarterback in high school. When I was on the run, I was much more accurate. I don't really know why, but it is the truth.
"When our guys pitch like that, we have to make the plays. We just were on our toes and reacting to what they did. Our defense is one of the reasons we are winning in postseason. All nine guys are playing defense."
Shortstop Tim Carver had two assists, including one in the eighth when he was deep in the hole for a Christian Walker bouncer. Ficociello had to pick it at first and made that look easy, too.
"Coach Van Horn told us after the game that it was big-league defense," Carver said. "But that's our job. We've known for awhile that our pitching staff was going to set it up for us. If we made the plays behind them, we were going to win. So we are just doing our job. That's been the way it's gone in postseason.
"Ficociello is the best first baseman in college baseball. He picked me up. That's what we try to do and that goes for the hitting, too. Someone different is picking us up. Right now, Matt Vinson is picking us up. That's what it takes. We are getting timely hitting.
"I doesn't get more fun than this. I even turned around and watched the wave one time out there. What an exciting game and what an exciting atmosphere. I know it's just baseball, but every game we play from here on out is probably going to be the most exciting thing I've ever experienced.
"I was excited just watching Stanek and Astin pitch. Stanek is always one of the most electric guys in college baseball. His fast ball explodes and I thought Astin's was moving everywhere tonight."
Van Horn said all of Stanek's four pitches were "working. I talked to Coach Jorn just a minute ago. He said it was fun calling pitches because he had four to go to. Wasn't one, he had them all. He did a good job."
Wise said it was much like he'd seen from the pitching staff at Houston and Waco the last two weekends.
"We've got that kind of staff so I see that a lot," he said. "But it was pretty good tonight. Stanek established the fast ball and then the curve ball, then the change-up. What are you going to do?
"Then Astin came in and was locating everything, too. It was moving down and away from hitters on both sides of the plate. It was a pleasure to be behind the plate catching them."
Astin said he wasn't trying to freeze the Carolina hitters late in the game.
"Maybe that looked like it, but I couldn't see Jake's signs," he said. "It was just dark (with the grey pants) in there. So we changed up the signs and that helped. I didn't shake off anything.
"That was mainly my cutter. It was diving away from right-handed batters and diving away from left-hand batters. I had it going both ways."
The Hogs have two days off, but they said it will be back to business in a hurry.
"Really, we haven't done anything yet," Ficociello said. "Carolina had a winning streak, but that's not what this was about tonight. It was about us focusing on what we do.
"We are going to enjoy it tomorrow, maybe in the morning. Then it's back at practice. In the grand scheme, this is nothing."
The excitement could build.
"The whole team knows we are not done," Carver said. "After we win this thing, then we can look back and think about some of these games. Not now. We are moving forward."
Barrett Astin gets a hug from Jake Wise.
Dave Van Horn congratulates Ryne Stanek
Bo Bigham heads to first.
Ryne Stanek and Jake Wise head to the dugout after a strikeout.
Jake Wise puts a bunt down.
Bo Bigham heads to the clubhouse after the CWS victory.
Brian Anderson steal second.
Matt Vinson raps another CWS hit.
Bo Bigham tries to break up a double play.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated