UNC-OSU Game 2: Postgame w/Audio

OMAHA, Neb. --- North Carolina coach Mike Fox and players spoke to the media following the game. Read and listen to what they had to say…

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UNC coach Mike Fox

Opening remarks -

I have to congratulate Oregon State. Back-to-back national championships is unbelievable, especially in Division I baseball today. Obviously I am disappointed. I can't begin to explain how proud I am of our players and the season we had. The last day of the season is always hard. Obviously you want to end it here (Omaha). Hopefully we'll be back here again next year.

On the players that are leaving -

We have a core of players on our team that have put our program where it is today. The four freshmen that came in 2005 put our program on the map. They have a great desire to win and they are a very special group.

On the season ending -

You try to hold it together. We've been together since August. I've seen these guys more than my wife and children. You become attached. You care for them. I can't show how much I care for them right now because they'll think I'm a wimp. The wonderful thing about coaching is the relationships.

On leaving runners on base -

It seemed like we couldn't get that big hit with runners on. We didn't take advantage when we needed to. We hit the ball hard but we just couldn't get it to fall our way.

UNC shortstop Josh Horton

On leaving runners on base -

They made good pitches. To win a national championship you have to have good pitching. They held us under four runs both nights. It seemed like we were hitting the ball hard right at them. We just couldn't get it done.

On his goals this season -

My goal was to get back here to play for the national championship. I wouldn't say the same result though. I wouldn't trade a national championship for the relationships I've built this year with this team. I couldn't ask for a better year. All I wanted to do was get back here (Omaha) again.


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