UNC-ECU (G2): Postgame Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Listen and read postgame interviews with Mike Fox, Adam Warren, Mike McKee, Mike Cavasinni and Garrett Gore, as well as East Carolina head coach Billy Godwin and his players, following Sunday's 9-3 victory over the Pirates at Boshamer Stadium.

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MIKE FOX, ADAM WARREN, MIKE MCKEE, GARRETT GORE & MIKE CAVASINNI

(22:08)

Fox

Opening statement:
"I wanted all four of our seniors up here. They're the reason I think we were able to accomplish what we did today and certainly the last four years. I always like coming to these things with my shoes and socks wet, that's a good thing. They're soaked right now. I just can't describe the ride that we've been on. I'm so happy for our team and for these guys up here and for Adam [Warren] and certainly Dustin [Ackley] and Kyle [Seager] and the guys that more than likely won't be back.

"It's been a terrific season. Off the field, on the field, it's just been the best bunch of kids I could have ever possibly imagined being in the locker room with and sharing this season with. I'm so excited for them and happy that they get to experience Omaha once again."

On heading to Omaha for the fourth time:
"I've learned where the best steaks are out there, the best milk shakes, the best route to go to get in. Our fans have learned where to park. We've learned a lot. We've learned to enjoy every single second of it. I really try to do that. I try to enjoy this win today more than I ever had here just to kind of let loose. I want to be respectful to the other teams and not act like a kid, but I felt like a kid today when it was over. You can't ever take this granted.

"I said it after the first, second, and third year: we may never go back. And we might not. The journey we have been on is pretty amazing. We'll go out there and we'll do everything we can to soak it all in and play as hard as we can. That's going to be our mindset, it was the first year and it's going to be this one."

Gore

On hitting a home run during his last at-bat:
"I really don't know what to say just because I guessed at that pitch and I didn't swing at the first two pitches like [Coach Fox] probably thought I was going to do. I don't know, it feel good but I'm speechless. I don't know what to say about it other than the fact that we have three other guys that are blessed and I'm blessed too to do this again. It's unbelievable.

"I thank God and we prayed afterwards, and we thanked God for giving us the opportunity: one, just to be here; and second of all, to go to Omaha for the fourth time. When I was younger, I didn't even think I was going to go to college. And when you go to college, you don't think you're going to go to Omaha four years in a row and now we're going to Omaha for four years."

Warren

On the crowd's standing ovation for each senior:
"It's an unbelievable feeling. Our crowd has been great all year and for them to do that for us was really special and emotional for me. I'm sure it was for the other guys. You kind of reflect on your four years here at Carolina in a flash like that. I'm pretty excited right now."

On heading to Omaha for the fourth time:
"I have to say, going back to the College World Series a fourth time is nothing short of God blessing us as a senior class and as a team. We're very fortunate. Today, I just tried to go out there and throw strikes. I tried not to let it get in my head that this was my last start in this stadium."

McKee

On heading to Omaha for the fourth time:
"I feel like we've had a great team from the get-go. We've got a great group of guys and a great senior class. We've been playing with these guys for a long time and to be able to have the opportunity to go back [to the College World Series] again is amazing. I definitely thought we would from the start, but we're just now beginning to play our best baseball, so I'm going to be excited to see what the outcome is."

Cavasinni

On heading to Omaha for the fourth time:
"It still hasn't hit me yet. I thought this about before this series, before this season, I've experienced all three aspects of Omaha. I went from playing to being a role player my next year and then I was in the stands last year. I've kind of seen all three of them and now that I get the opportunity to go back and I'm finally healthy and getting back on the field, I'm sure my heart will just be pounding out of my chest that first pitch.

"But I'm really looking forward to getting back there. Just like Garrett [Gore] said, it's what every college player wants to do, to make it to Omaha. And we've been so blessed. God has blessed us for four years to make it back. And there's really nothing else you can say but that we're just living the dream right now."


BILLY GODWIN, KEVIN BRANDT, RYAN WOOD & BRANDON HENDERSON

(6:30)

Godwin

Opening statement:
"First of all, I'd like to congratulate the University of North Carolina. Their players and their coaching staff had an outstanding year. I was really proud of the effort our guys gave us the entire year. I thought we did some special things in East Carolina history. I couldn't be any prouder."

On improving every year:
"Unfortunately, we have to have experiences such as these. I think you fail before you succeed sometimes. The first year we came over and we lost here in the regional, and we bounced back and made it to the championship game last year. This year we push through and win a regional.

"We've got a good core of guys coming back. We've got a lot of our pitchers who will be back. That's one of the things I try to emphasize in my tenure at East Carolina, that we have to roll guys out there to give us a shot. You see how important those guys are that went out there for North Carolina today, and I think we're getting there.

"We have to keep grinding and keep putting a quality product on the mound. That's the next step, but I think some of the experiences like this, sometimes I say that a player's failure is his best feature. It hurts, it stings, but I think it's an important part of growing and maturing as a team and as a program."

On Dustin Ackley's home run:
"It was a 3-2 slider, which Seth Simmons has the best pitch on our team in that breaking ball. It was a 3-2 breaking ball, I looked at Bill [Jarman] and said throw him a breaking ball right here. He got out on his front foot, stayed back. There's a reason he's one of the best hitters in college baseball. It was just a great job hitting against a very good pitch. I thought it was an outstanding pitch."

Henderson

On Carolina's chances to win the CWS:
"They've got the pitching to go out there and play very well. It's too bad Rice lost; Southern Miss is a very good team that's playing well right now. I wish them the best of luck, but Carolina, they've got some very good arms. They're going to be able to compete out there, and they've got the scrappers at the plate. They have a good road ahead of them, and I wish them the best of luck, too."

Wood

On the difference in this series:
"Just the way their pitchers came out and pitched. Warren today was really impressive. He was hitting his spots, and if he missed, he was missing a couple balls off, a couple inches off the plate, especially his fastball. He could locate his breaking ball for a strike and put it where he wanted to."

Brandt

On the difference between today's game and his earlier win over UNC:
"I saw the same team. They came out ready to hit today. I just tried to pitch the same. I don't know if they changed their game plan, but they came out hitting. I'm always trying to get a first-pitch strike. I guess they were seeing the ball and hitting the ball for the first-pitch strike, knowing it was coming."


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