On not being able to get over the hump - “It’s tough, but we’ve got a good group of guys, so we have to keep pushing no matter what. I think that’s the best part of our team is having that spirit. To always play hard and be in the game. Oregon blows a lot of teams out here at home and the fact that we kept with ‘em and kept it close shows we’re a pretty good team.
“Once we find out what it is that we need to do to bring it all together for the full 40 minutes, we’ll be fine.”
What kept you from doing that tonight? - “Not much. We played pretty good. Couple things is turnovers, or shots that led to home runs. We’d have a good run going and then a turnover and it would lead to a fast break for them or something like that.
“I think defensively we played pretty well, but if we could have stopped the swings and the runs that they had off our mistakes, it could have been a different game.”
On thinking about the NCAA Tournament - “This time of year everybody is thinking about the NCAA Tournament and what you have to do to get in, but as a team we just have to focus on keeping getting better. Oregon State hurt us, and this one didn’t hurt us as much, so we’ve got to come with a mindset and ready to play against Washington State, because that one can hurt us if we do bad. If we do what we have to do there we’ll go into the Pac-12 Tournament focused.”
So no thoughts about feeling sorry for yourself since this is your last year? - “I just take on the mantra of this team and the guys in the locker room. We’re not worried about no personal agendas, we’re not worried about anything outside the locker room. The most important thing is focusing on Washington State and then get to the Pac-12 Tournament and do our business there. We’ve got to go out and play hard and play like we’ve been playing.”
What was the thought during the time out after Oregon started out the second half on a 7-0 run? - “In our scout, the first thing we heard was that they are a team of runs, especially at home. We knew that they were going to make a run. They didn’t have a big one on us; usually they start the game out with one. So it was fitting they started out the second half with one. Since we knew that’s kind of what they do, we answered well to it and kept fighting.”
No hangover from the OSU loss - “That’s not the makeup of our team, no matter win, lose or draw. No matter how we lose or how we win, we’re going to be ready to play the next game. That’s the biggest quality of this team; we don’t let anything get us down. We just keep pushing.”
Could you tell that UO going undefeated at home was helping them with their energy? - “I don’t think that had anything to do with them being undefeated at home. They are just a great team. They play good on the road, they play good at home. They are just a team that’s ranked top-15 in the country. That’s a really good team. We had to come out and give it everything we’ve got and we stuck to ‘em and had our chances.”