Avent: "I'm So Very Proud Of Our Players"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Elliott Avent and some players met with the media following NC State's 4-3 win.



Elliott Avent
"I'm so very proud of our players, as we have been all year. They've gone through so much to get to this point and it's exciting for them."

"We got off to a good start with two in the first with Carlos going."

"We haven't pressed all year, we really haven't, but I know they are excited." "We heard just how good Rice's pitching was and it was as advertised."

"Brett Williams is probably the best outfielder I've ever had in my life."

"When I saw that bunt I thought, 'Oh Lord, why'd I call that?"

"We were okay with sending him back out."

"He was very, very strong."

"Basically you hope that's happened throughout the year. We're at this point for a reason."

"They are excited, but I think they will be much more relaxed tomorrow."

"They are tired, they'll go home and sleep, but I think you'll see an excited bunch tomorrow."

Carlos Rodon
"I obviously didn't have everything in the arsenal today. I struggled with the slider early and eventually in the later innings I got back to where the command was good."

"The defense really picked me up a lot throughout the whole game. 11 hits and spectacular defense."

"I was really comfortable with the fastball... it would have been nice to have that slider with it."

"We decided to go fastballs away."

Brett Williams
"These jerseys are brand new. This one looks like it's about 40 years old now."

"I was just going to do whatever I could do to get on base."

"We were in the situation where we needed baserunners, especially early. We had a hit-and-run on and I knew I had to get a good jump. I was able to get the jump I needed, I swiped second."

"I had a feeling we were going to do the push bunt to get me home. After the first attempt failed I knew they were going to be ready for it if we were going to repeat it."

"I tried to get the best jump I possibly could."

"I love it for him. That's one of my roommates, one of my best friends."

"It's fun being out there with him."

"I love the uniforms, it's kind of an old school feel."

Jake Fincher
"It's really a great feeling. Even getting two runs in the first thing was a big thing for us."

"We often get relaxed with Carlos... it feels good to repay him once for all the times he's pitched deep into games."

"He had really good velocity and I was just trying to hit any pitch, be early."


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