UM/FSU Post-Game Quotes

The Hurricanes ended Florida State's season on Monday. Read on to see what players and coaches from both sides were saying after the game.

Miami

Head Coach Jim Morris
Opening statement...
"First of all I'd like to congratulate Florida State on its season. Anyone who makes it to Omaha has had a good season. It was a normal Florida State-Miami game. It's amazing how many end up being one-run games. For our guys it was a great team effort. It was a huge win for us. I'm very proud of our guys and how they hung in there."

About the number of stranded runners... "It was huge. You have to give credit to Eric (Erickson) and our pitchers who did a great job in clutch situations. They out-hit us, but we got hits where they counted."

About pitching to Buster Posey... "We weren't trying to walk him, but we were trying not to give him something to hit."

Relief Pitcher Eric Erickson
Pitching with runners on base... "Florida State is a phenomenal hitting team. I don't mind pitching with runners on base."

Second Baseman Jemile Weeks
The last out of the game... "Yeah, the ball took weird hop. I read the big hop off the bat. It did jump off to the side a bit, but I was able to get behind it and make the play."

Rightfielder Dennis Raben
Miami's offense... "I still don't think we're swinging the bat well. We had a couple of two-out RBI hits today. We had some clutch hits."

Catcher Jason Hagerty
His plate appearance in the 7th inning... "I got turned around to hit right handed. I was looking for something over the plate. I was sitting on a fast ball out over the plate and got it."

Florida State
Head Coach Mike Martin
Opening statement... "If you'd told me before the game that we'd have 18 hits and no errors, I would have taken my chances. I give a lot of credit to Miami, they pitched well, played an outstanding game and they deserved to win."

"This was one of the best years of my career to coach. They all competed well and competed hard all year."

About his team's ninth-inning rally and Buster Posey's final at-bat... "That was a display we've seen more than once this season, when guys keep battling and putting together excellent at-bats. The kind of team we were was on display in Buster's last at-bat. That (at-bat) shows what he is all about - some guys would want to be the hero, but Buster put together a great at-bat and turned it over to the next guy, who had hit the ball hard all day. Jamile (Weeks) made a nice play to end the game. That inning was a credit to our young men."

Catcher Buster Posey
About his ninth-inning at-bat and if he was tempted to expand his strike zone... "It was tempting. I was looking for a pitch over the plate, something that I could drive. Once I got a strike on me I kind of changed my approach and brought my focus back to the strike zone."

About the range of emotions he felt after his final collegiate game... "I was disappointed, but at the same time it was a goal of mine to get here. Making it to Omaha is a great accomplishment. We didn't get too many breaks here, but each guy fought until the last out."

First baseman Dennis Guinn
About Miami reliever Eric Erickson... "He threw great today. We knew he was going to come in at some point, just maybe not so early. He moved the ball in and out and kept us off balance throughout the game."


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