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Opening remarks -
I think the number one thing is North Carolina is a fantastic team. I'm as proud as I can be of this team and what they have accomplished this season. It's been a great season and we have a lot to look forward to next year.
On losing -
It's always disappointing when you lose. It's like I told the kids outside, don't worry they won't fire me.
On the controversial called strike on Savery -
I thought the pitcher was throwing into Joe's power. I was hoping that he would throw one thigh-high so Joe could get one over the fence. I was disappointed with that situation.
On his last collegiate at-bat -
It is disappointing to go out like that but I'm not going to sum up my college career by that one at-bat. That's a crime to do that. I feel like we had one of the toughest roads to get here (Omaha). I'm not going to look at my career and just think about how my last plate appearance was a strikeout with runners on second and third.
On Rice's hitting struggles -
No teams in college baseball score 15 runs each time. I felt like today we had our pitches to hit but we just didn't hit them.
On his performance -
The first inning I had good stuff. I started leaving balls up. I was trying to keep them low but they were just staying up on me.