"We played a really good ballgame tonight, and it started right on the mound with Casey Harman. He threw strikes,
mixed his pitches and got ahead of batters all night. We played really good defense behind Casey all night as well. I
thought the game changing defensive play was Wilson Boyd's catch against the wall in right-center. We got the runs we
needed early in the game and competed the whole time."
On Harman finishing the 9th inning...
"He was pitching well for us. He came in after the eighth and said 'I want the ball.' He was in a good rhythm and knew
what to expect from the hitters coming up. He hit a little bump with the leadoff home run by Morris and the single by
Caldwell, but the double play allowed him to get out of the jam and finish this thing off."
On confidence in leading in Regionals right now...
"I'm never really very comfortable. The thing I really like tonight is, as Casey mentioned, they hit a couple of home runs,
but if they hit solo home runs, you can let those things go a little bit easier. He pitched very well with men on base. A
couple of solo home runs didn't hurt us. When he had to make pitches, he made pitches. I was very pleased with how
we competed tonight. We had to come in here against a good baseball team in a hostile environment. They've got some
great fans, and they've got great backing. There were people hanging off of everything, the parking garage, everywhere.
We knew we were going to be in for a battle and they've had a great season. They're a good baseball team and whether
we see them or Southern Miss tomorrow, we're going to see a good baseball team again. You never get really comfortable.
You've got to take care of your business. You have to be focused and locked in. We were very focused tonight,
very locked-in to what we had to do. We had some people step up. Mike Freeman's home run at the beginning of the
game was a huge home run for us to break the ice. We had a couple of good base hits to get the runs that we needed
to feel good about ourselves. It was one of those games where they never let it get out of control, and we kept it under
control. I expect the same thing tomorrow against whoever we play."
On the starter tomorrow and pitching...
"We'll throw Will Lamb tomorrow as it stands right now. We'll go back and talk tomorrow, but that's what we're thinking.
Our pitching has been good, it's been really good. Coach (Dan) Pepicelli's done a great job with our pitchers, and they're
in shape and prepared to win. They called a good game tonight and followed the game plan and did what we had to do
against the hitters that we saw last night watching them play. I think our pitching has been good against two good hitting
teams so far in this tournament. We just have to keep on maintaining that and keep on working at it and keep on getting
On playing on the road in the postseason...
"We still have got a lot of baseball left to play. We have to go home and collect ourselves and get our rest to come out
here and play tomorrow. That's what a coach has to say, but you always want to play at home. We love to play in front
of our fans and that kind of thing, but when you go on the road you have to take a different mindset. You have to be
tougher. You don't have the pressure, you don't worry about the weather or where do we have to be, when do we take
batting practice, who are we playing, are we the home team, the away team, what color uniforms. That's what we're
going to do, and then we go to work. There is a little less burden on your mind. We've just come out the last couple of
days, and we've been very focused. Everybody's been onto it. Everybody's been on the bats. Everybody on the field has
done what they've had to do so far. We still have to win another ballgame."
"Casey went out there and gave us max effort. It's easy to play behind a guy and get inspired by a guy who is throwing
strikes. It was a total team effort tonight, and I really feel we are coming together at the right time of the year."
On the catch against the wall...
"I'm not sure if the ball was out or if it would have hit off the wall. As soon as the ball was hit, I had a bead on it. When I
got to the track, I had to either go after it or play it off the wall and lose momentum for our team. When you got a pitcher
competing for you, you want to give it everything you have, and I tried to do that on that play."
"The biggest thing for us was to go get some runs in the first inning. That really got us going. It was one of those days
where everything was working for me, and I felt great."
On bouncing back from controversial call in the 8th...
"It was a questionable call that could have gone either way. We had to let it go and move on. I went after the next two
hitters and made a few quality pitches to get us out of the jam."
On the approach versus Auburn...
"They came in here on a high with a very good reputation offensively. I knew I had to make quality pitches and get
ahead of the hitters to be successful. Fortunately, I was able to hit my spots and make some big pitches. I let my
defense do work behind me and get us this victory."
On allowing home runs from Auburn since they're leading the nation...
"It's not something that you want to happen, and it's not something that you're OK with happening, but if it happens, it
happens with any team whether they're leading the nation or not."
On feeling better about this game than any previous ones...
"This is the best I've felt all the way through. I've had points in games where I've felt maybe a little bit better, but this
game was just putting all the pieces together. Throwing with runners on base was really important and just going after
them the whole game. It was a good night for me."
Postgame quotes from Auburn
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