IU postgame quotes: Vanderbilt

Here is the postgame reaction from the Indiana side following Saturday's tough, 6-4 loss to Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana plays Sunday at 4 p.m. ET against Radford in an elimination game.

Here is what Indiana coach Chris Lemonis and players Scott Effross and Craig Dedelow had to say late Saturday night following IU’s 6-4 loss to Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament.

Indiana Head Coach Chris Lemonis

(Opening Statement)

"Tough loss. Give a lot of credit to Vanderbilt. I thought they played great and as well as our guys. I think they just got a big hit from a great player."

(On thoughts of walking Swanson)

"Yes, as it was going over left. But we were trying to pitch around him. We should have done an intentional walk, but we were just trying to pitch around him, but he just left the ball over the plate and a good player hit it. But that's what we were trying to do we just didn't want to give him a good pitch."

(On striking out a lot tonight)

"Against great pitching we pressed to try and do too much and swings got big. We had about ten check swings. It's hard to win a game when you punch out that many times."

(On who starts in game one tomorrow)

"We have a couple options right now. I have to get back and talk to everybody. But we have a couple guys like Evan Bell, Caleb Baragar, Coursen-Carr who are just some of the guys with postseason experience that I feel like we could use. With Scott throwing so many tonight, we have some guys who are still pretty fresh.”

(On the play of starter Christian Morris)

“I think he was a little flat. He would get ahead and then let them get back into some counts. It was a tough night for Christian. He has been pitching great for us and we probably wouldn't be here without him. He just left the ball in some bad spots against some talented hitters.”

Indiana Junior Pitcher Scott Effross

(On settling in early and slowing down Vanderbilt’s Lineup)

“I thought I was doing a really good job of locating my fastball and my changeup. My slider was a good pitch for me tonight, but really just locating everything. They are a fundamentally sound hitting team, but I was able to locate really well. So, I think that was the key for me.”

(On mindset coming into the game)

“I came in the pen knowing I had to do a job. I knew we were down. I knew I had to keep us there. I just tried my best at that, but really just tried to settle in and get strike one on a lot of the hitters. That was important for me and like I said locating was big, but once you get going out there and in a rhythm you just start throwing your secondary stuff a lot better. I think that was important for me tonight.”

Indiana Sophomore Outfielder Craig Dedelow

(On the difficulty of bouncing back for tomorrow’s game after such a tough loss)

“I mean we are a great team and the last couple weeks our backs have been up against the wall, and we responded pretty well to that. So, I think it will be pretty easy for us.”

(On his view on the Dansby Swanson home run)

“You know, I thought we had a chance and then it just kept carrying. The wind was kind of blowing out so that helped it a little bit, but it was a hard hit ball.”


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