UNC-SU: Postgame Interviews

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Mike Fox, Patrick Johnson, Seth Baldwin and Ben Bunting, as well as Stanford head coach Mark Marquess and his players, who spoke to the media following UNC's victory over the Cardinal on Friday.

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Opening statement:
"Obviously a good win for us to start. That's the kind of game we anticipated, just a really good pitching matchup with two really good arms out there. Obviously the key for us, and I think you heard this from Coach Forbes last week, was Patrick Johnson. What a great start for us. We needed a good start from him and we got it right out of the gate. I think his experience being in the postseason and pitching at that stage and this level really showed right out of the gate with a good first inning. We finally got a couple of hits with guys in scoring position. It was a good win for us. The two runs in the bottom of the eighth were certainly important after we gave up two in the top. It was a good win for us. Stanford is a great club and we will have our hands full tomorrow."


On having his streak of 30 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings stopped:
"It was a good run. We got a lot of wins during it and we got another win today and that's all that matters."


On failing to bunt twice before hitting his home run:
"I was definitely frustrated a little bit. I was actually thinking that I was probably going to bunt again. I got the chance to hit and thought about, ‘Well, I got two strikes,' and tried to have some composure. I just tried to sit back and get a good pitch to hit."

On if he thought the home run was going to carry the left field wall:
"Honestly, I didn't know for sure. I knew I hit it really solid, but I didn't even see it land or go out. I was just running."


On his sixth-inning catch at the warning track:
"Off the bat, I thought the ball had a chance to get out. But it definitely slowed up, kind of hung up in the air a little bit longer than I thought it would and I was like, ‘maybe I can get to it.'"



Opening statement:
"Well, it was a great college baseball game. I thought the difference was Johnson; I think he was phenomenal. I thought he did a great job, was ahead most of the time, threw basically two (pitches), sometimes three, basically fastball (and) slider over the plate in any count. He did a great job. We had a couple of chances, not many, and he did a real good job of that. Obviously, it was a very close game. We made a couple of errors, gave them a couple of easy baserunners, then they got a hit, but that really wasn't the game. I thought Mark (Appel) got a little tired there, and left the ball up that the guy smoked to left field. That was a really big hit, then they added on a couple in the eighth which made a big difference. I just think it was all about a great pitching performance. I thought Mark did a good job, had a good pitching performance for us also. So, (it was) a great college baseball game. They're tough. I mentioned before, they got a lot of different ways they can beat you – a little power, speed, make good contact. But today was all about pitching."

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