North Carolina Head Coach Mike Fox
"First of all, I want to congratulate Chad [Holbrook] and South Carolina on a phenomenal, phenomenal year. It's almost unimaginable that if you go back to 2006 that one of the two programs has been in Omaha the last eight years, and sometimes both of us [were] there at the same time. I have a great deal of respect for Chad and their staff. Chad did a lot of great things for this program and put us in this position when I first got here, so my hats off to them. I'm just very happy for these guys. Cody Stubbs, especially, one of our seniors who transferred here. I'm happy for all of them, but he always told me all he ever wanted to do was play in Omaha. He's a senior, so he gets an opportunity to do that. It's a special time for us and our program, and I'm proud of all these guys."
On if the way his
team advanced makes going to Omaha any sweeter:
"Maybe a little bit. I'm just happy that these 27 guys and all our support staff, the people that have been around our program...that's the joy in going, that everybody gets to experience it. I'll maybe reflect back on it, [but] I just can't remember some of the other ways we got there. I mean I do, but this one is sweet. This one is very special. We've had a lot of people help us besides our players and they are going to get rewarded as well."
On facing NC State in
"Ask Coach [Scott] Forbes and Coach [Scott] Jackson, they were excited in the locker room because they don't have to do a scouting report. That's the first thing Coach Forbes said when he came in, but they'll watch every game and we know a lot about them."
Junior 3B Colin Moran
On if he thought the
game was slipping away in the sixth inning:
"I don't think anyone really thought it was slipping away, but I really didn't want that play by Chaz [Frank] to decide the game. Knowing that it was the last home game for him and all the seniors, the last thing I wanted was for something like that to be the last memory. I was really just trying to...I thought he might catch it and that would have been my third double play, so I was just happy it went by him."
On how the team
responded to Frank's error:
"I just told him to relax, it's not a big deal, [and that] we'll come back anyway. Everybody wanted to win for Chaz, especially after that play...really all the seniors. We really wouldn't have been here without Chaz, so it was important to pick him up."
Freshman RHP Trent Thornton
On his emotions and
the overall atmosphere of the game:
"It was the best feeling I've ever had. Just knowing that we're going to Omaha. We've been through a lot this year. This is probably the most fun I've had playing with any team. It's emotional, going to Omaha. Being a little kid, that being your dream and finally getting to go."
Junior LHP Kent Emanuel
On if his last two
outings were on his mind today:
"They weren't. It didn't matter if I would have given up 20 runs or thrown a perfect game. It's always going to be the same. I'm there to compete against the batter and get him out. It really doesn't factor in to how I pitch, what happens before."
South Carolina Head Coach Chad Holbrook
"Congratulations to North Carolina. Obviously, it's an incredible season they've had thus far. 57-10 is an incredible feat. That being said, it's a very, very disappointing day for us. I felt like the game was there for us to win, and we didn't make some plays that we normally make and do some things that we normally do. You've got to credit North Carolina. They got a big home run there in the second and pushed across three there in the sixth, and that opened the gates there for them a little bit. Baseball is a game in inches. That's just how it is. Inches on the ball down the line, inches that Joey [Pankake] could've caught the ball to lead off the sixth inning, inches that could've been strikes on a 3-2 count with bases loaded. Sometimes things don't necessarily go your way. But you also have to make your own breaks and make plays. We didn't make the plays there in the sixth when it counted."
"North Carolina is a terrific, terrific team. There's not too much difference between the two teams, and ultimately we didn't do enough to win the two games that they won. It'll haunt me for a long time, but I'm also awfully proud of our players. They represented this program and this university the right way all year long. They've done things on the field that surpassed things done here before, and they way they've represented the program with community service, what their GPA was, they've done everything we've asked them to do."
On the team's nine
errors this series:
"It's unfortunate it happened this time of year. In postseason play, when you're playing a great team, every little mistake is magnified. We made our fair share this weekend, and it's disappointing. We lost two games, and both games were there for us to win. It's disappointing, especially when the games are so important. But, at the same time, we've played good defense all year or we probably wouldn't be sitting up here right now. You have to give North Carolina credit too. They put the ball in play and put pressure on."
On how the team did
"I'm proud of my team, and I'll be more proud of them the more separation I can get from this feeling right now. They did everything I asked them to do. They battled, and there's no way anyone faced more adversity than we faced throughout the course of the year from an injury standpoint. They kept their head above water and competed every single day. We didn't always play great, but we always played hard. They represented this jersey and all the players that played before them, and at the end of the day, that's all I can ask."
"This is my first year as a head coach, and they treated me incredibly well, and it was a great experience for me. We'll try to build upon this experience and put ourselves in this position again next year."
"Columbia is my home, and I love the University of South Carolina with all my heart. I wish I could've done more to get our guys five or six more runs. I'm a lucky guy to be the coach at South Carolina and to represent so many former players and former greats in the big leagues and guys that have played in Omaha and won national championships."
On next season:
"I expect to be in this spot next year. That's just the expectation at South Carolina. Hopefully we can win one more game next year. I'm excited about the good group of guys we have coming back next year and excited about the newcomers coming in."
Senior LHP Tyler Webb
On his career at
"It's been a great four years here at South Carolina, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I wouldn't trade one of the teammates that I've shared it with. We've had a great group of guys and a good run. To this point, it's definitely the highlight of my life. I'll cherish the memories for a long time."
Senior LHP Adam Westmoreland
On his career at
"I've been here since Coach Holbrook started, and it's been a growing process the entire time. This year we all put it together, and thought we had a good team to make a good run and continue our postseason success, but North Carolina is a good team, so we can't take that away from them."
On keeping composure
after the ball tipped off Joey Pankake's glove:
"I don't really think it's tough to keep your composure. As pitchers we try to have a one-pitch mentality. If something happens, you just have to forget about it and move on. I made a mistake to [Colin] Moran, so there's nothing really you can do about it. Just make a better pitch next time."
Sophomore CF Tanner English
On the team's nine
errors this weekend:
"Our defense has been good all year. It's just one of those things, the ball really doesn't bounce your way. That's just baseball. You can't really dwell on that. It's just how it goes sometimes."
On the value of the
past two seasons in coming back next year:
"The last two years, I learned to play all nine innings. Coach Holbrook always says the most relaxed team and the team that's having the most fun is going to play their best baseball, and that's when you have your best chance to win. I think we did that this weekend. We really had a blast playing the game. Things just didn't go our way. Next year, we'll do the same thing. We'll take the freshmen under our wings and teach them to do that too and see how it goes from there."