SEC TOURNEY: Cohen Sits Down with KSR

Kentucky Sports Report will have continuous coverage through the weekend with three field reporters in Hoover, Alabama for the 'Cats first SEC Tournament appearence since 2000. On Tuesday night, KSR kicked off its coverage by sitting down with recently named SEC coach of the year, John Cohen, after Tuesday night's practice.

On whether or not there will there be any changes in his team's approach for the postseason…

Cohen: "No there won't be. This ball park dictates line drives and ground balls, more bunting and a little bit more running. I don't think we are going to be able to hit balls out of this ballpark with regularity so it is going to half to be a line drive, ground ball more of a short game emphasis. And I feel good about that part with our club. I think we can make the adjustment."

On his first round match-up against South Carolina…

Cohen: "I feel like we are playing a club tomorrow that we beat three times and I was thinking, when was the last time South Carolina lost four games in a row to anybody? I mean, that's how good this league is and that is what keeps me up at night. How do you beat South Carolina four times in a row? It is almost unheard of but that is what we are going to try and do tomorrow."

On Tommy Warner, who will start against South Carolina in the first round of the tournament…

Cohen: "We have a different guy on the mound, Tommy Warner, which is going to be different. He is more of a fly ball pitcher and we feel like playing more of an outfield game in this ballpark is beneficial to us. Plus, we didn't want to move all of our starters up a day. Now, as we get deeper into this tournament we will start using those guys, but it is very important to us, even in the SEC tournament, to keep those guys in line. Don't get me wrong, we want to win and we want to win badly. We have a lot to prove as the University of Kentucky, but we don't want to jeopardize our top three guys. Tommy, if he can get us four to six innings in this ballgame, we are going to feel satisfied with that."

On what it would mean to win the conference tournament…

"That is the next step and that is what's in front of us. I told my club this and I mean it. We are the SEC Champions and we are not going to give them an SEC Championship t-shirt, we are not going to give them a hat. We are not going to give them anything. I told them not to even go buy anything. They can do all that stuff later on, but right now we are the University of Kentucky, and we have a big ‘ole chip on our shoulder because it has been 76 years since we've done that. We try to keep proving it day after day after day because the minute we stop that type of approach is the minute we become something else. We need to dance with that person that got us here, and that is that chip on your shoulder attitude that we have to prove something every minute of the ball game, and every single guy on this club is contributing, even the guys that aren't playing."


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