CWS Postgame Quotes: Game 1 (Florida 6, Tennessee 4)

June 17, 2005

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Friday, June 17, 2005
Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.

Game One
Tennessee Volunteers (46-20) vs. Florida Gators (46-20)

Tennessee Head Coach Rod Delmonico
(Opening Statement)
"It was one of those games where we did not do a good job of playing catch. We had a tough time getting base hits with men in scoring position early."

(on his decision to start Luke Hochevar instead of James Adkins)
"I changed my mind. I should have listened to myself. Hoch has battled all year. He's been our Friday night starter. I could make an argument for either one. We went with what we've done all year. We talked about it last night and made it official this morning."

Starting Pitcher Luke Hochevar
(on starting today after James Adkins was announced as the starter yesterday)
"I prepared like I was going to start. I was going through my routine as if I was going to start."

(on his pitching effort)
"I didn't have it. You can't expect that. I didn't execute pitches. I didn't give our team a chance to win."

Rightfielder Eli Iorg
(on whether team had jitters playing first game in Omaha)
"We're a better team than that. We didn't do the things we needed to do to win."

(on his catches)
"I was just as surprised as everyone. I'm not used to getting balls out there when Luke is on the mound."

Shortshop Eric King
(on whether team had jitters playing first game in Omaha)
"At the beginning of the game we start slow. I think we were a little nervous and excited. For the most part we're an experienced team. It was unacceptable."



(on today's game)
"It's frustrating. It was our first game. Obviously we wanted to come out banging. A lot of opportunities slipped away. We couldn't get the big hit to get it going."

Florida Head Coach Pat McMahon
(Opening Statement)
"It was a heck of a game for a lot of different reasons. We had outstanding pitching, made some outstanding defensive plays, and that's what it takes to be successful. We have the utmost respect for Tennessee. They're going to battle you the whole game and you've got to keep your composure. I'm proud of my guys."

(On Tennessee's late decision on its starting pitcher)
"We were prepared. We were prepared for most things, playing them through the course of the season. We've seen both pitchers (Adkins and Hochevar) and they are both very good."

(On first baseman Matt LaPorta)
"So many of his hits and home runs are clutch hits. He likes to be in the arena. That's the kind of competitor he is. That's what he brings to our ballclub."

(On possibility of facing Nebraska on Sunday in a hostile environment)
"I think it'd be awesome. This is a great atmosphere to play baseball in, in front of 21,000 fans. I'm looking forward to playing any ball club in this atmosphere."

First baseman Matt LaPorta
(On his approach at the plate after getting hit in his first at-bat)
"My approach stayed the same. I knew I had to get on base to help the club and help us win."

Starting pitcher Alan Horne
(On his performance)
"I made a lot of good pitches. 1 through 9, Tennessee isn't an easy lineup to get through. There aren't a lot of easy outs in their lineup. They're a team we battled all year in the SEC and they're a great team. You can't give up any pitches at any point."

Catcher Brian Jeroloman
(On facing Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar)
"When you see a guy many times it helps with your confidence and being comfortable. He's a great pitcher and he pitched his butt off today. You've got to tip your cap to him but we were ready today."

(On his starting pitcher Alan Horne)
"He's a bulldog on the mound. He gives you everything he has day in and day out. It's not surprising to me how good he's become as a pitcher. Catchers love to catch bulldogs and he's definitely a bulldog for our pitching staff."



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