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"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.'"
MARQUESS & PLAYERS
"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."