Quotes from the finale of the Super Regional

The following are quotes from Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco and selected Ole Miss players as well as Miami head coach Jim Morris following the Monday night 14-9 Hurricanes victory over the Rebels in the 2006 Oxford Super Regional.

Quoting Coach Mike Bianco and the Ole Miss Rebels after they lost the Super Regional to the Miami Hurricanes in Oxford:

Bianco: "Just an unbelievable baseball game. I was thinking in the seventh inning that this might be the greatest game I've ever been a part of. A heavyweight fight, where they would take a shot and we would answer, and vice versa. It had to be unbelievable in the stands and to watch on television. We talked to the kids before the game about this being the dance. You don't want to sit on the sidelines. You want to dance. You want to get out on the floor. You want to put everything on the line. Certainly they did that tonight. You can't ask for much more. Miami just played a little better than we did tonight. We didn't play our best game, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort. Our guys competed and I'm very proud but also very disappointed. It's tough when a season ends and it's tough when you think you're going to win."

Mark Wright on his 3-RBI home run in the top of the second inning that tied the game 3-3: It was a changeup belt-high and I got a good swing on it. Being three runs down, I was just trying to get us back in it. I wasn't trying to hit a home run. When the ball got up the crowd went wild. At that point we took the momentum for a while We just weren't able to hold them off. They swung the bats tremendous tonight."

Question for Bianco about his bullpen during the tournament: "I just think we ran into a very hot Miami team. We just could not hold them down. They scored a lot of runs in three games. We were just not able to shut them down. At times I thought guys (pitchers) did a great job. But they got all the hits. They just played well. I don't think it was about our bullpen. Certainly not our best defensive day. No doubt about that. We'd played so many no error or one error games, I guess we were due for one. This was the wrong night to have it. But the game was about Miami playing better than us tonight. They had to do some amazing things, and they did."

For Bianco, how do you define the season?: "That's kinda hard to do right now. That will probably be easier to answer in a couple of days. From 13-11 and 1-5, I don't think many people expected us to be here and a few outs away from Omaha. And we are. I'm very proud."

For Chris Coghlan, talk about being down six runs but coming back to load the bases in the ninth: "That just shows we never gave up. We were down a good part of the game. To be able to make it close with as many mental errors that we made was a big key for us. We just dug ourselves a hole, then they got the grand slam and that was big for them. The whole season was kinda like that for us. Starting off 13-11 and just battling and believing in ourselves. We just kept fighting tonight but came up short."

Bianco on what he saw from Miami offensively: "For three games they were outstanding offensively. For a team that wasn't bad offensively coming in, they were nothing like we saw over these three days. They're just playing very, very well."

Bianco on what having back to back Super Regionals in Oxford means: "Obviously we're all very disappointed. But I think we need to get away from it for a few days. When you stop and realize there are only 10 teams in the country that have won 92 games the past two seasons and we're one of them and we're the only Southeastern Conference team to do that. Things we've always talked about like hosting Regionals and now doing it for three years. And being so close to Omaha two years in a row doesn't feel good. Certainly you hope you're not remembered for the loss. You hope you're remembered for the season and what these kids accomplished in a year many thought we might not be very good. You hope when the dust settles and say they won the second most games in the history of Ole Miss baseball and were only a few outs from the College World Series. So close. Very close."

Coghlan on how this team responded after losing so many key players from last year, and how he feels next year's team will respond: "I thought we dealt with it well all year. When you lose guys like we lost from last year to be where we are right now is tremendous but still a disappointment. I don't think that because we lost so many guys that we thought we'd just try to get to the SEC Tournament and get into a Regional somewhere. I know I never did. It just shows what the coaches have done for this program is to make us believe that we are good and that we can make it every year. With the players the coaches are recruiting, we're just going to keep on reloading. Next year will be the same thing. Y'all will find yourselves coming back here and asking how the season's going to be and the answers will be the same, that this team is going to be very good, can make it to Omaha, and can win a national championship. That's a tribute to the coaching staff and to the players that are here."

Mark Wright on the Ole Miss fans: "All our fans are tremendous. Them just staying after the game's over and applauding us shows just how classy they are. I just want to thank them for all the support they gave us all year. It's been a tremendous year, and we couldn't have done it without them."

Wright on his postseason play: "It's been special for me. I've swung the bat well. I felt like I was able to help our team get as far as we did. I'm just really proud of this team and proud I was able to be a part of it there at the end."

Coghlan on ending it the last two years before getting to Omaha: "Two years in a row it's very disappointing. We've been good enough to make it both years. It just sucks that it ends up this way. I wish we could win one for the coaches so bad and the fans. This is two years in a row. Hopefully it will come soon. If this is my last year, (losing twice in Super Regionals) is all I'm going to think about the rest of my life, that I came short twice of the College World Series, the one thing I wanted to do while I was in college. It's just devastating."

Coghlan on the support for the team: "The crowd is unbelievable. We have the best fans. There's not a better place to play. The atmosphere this weekend was unbelievable. With us down six runs and knowing there was a slim shot of us winning (in the ninth inning of game three) just shows what kind of crowd we do have here."

Team captain Justin Henry: "The last part of the season we played about as well as we could play. We just ran into a team that was playing a little better than we were at the time and we weren't able to pull it out. They got people on and it seemed like everytime they got people on they knocked them in. I know that in the ninth every guy in our dugout felt we still had a shot. And the fans cheering for us at that point made us feel like we for sure did. I think everybody was just looking for a little bit more magic. We made a little go at it, but it was just too much to overcome."

Miami Hurricane head coach Jim Morris: "It was just an unbelievable night. There is no other way to put it. Ole Miss is a great ballclub. We knew we were the underdogs coming in here with their crowd and all. Both teams played well. We are just really excited about going back to Omaha."

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