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LSU's Aaron Nola

Posted: Saturday, 01 June 2013 11:40PM

LSU Post-Game Quotes after Sam Houston State



LSU Head Coach Paul Maineri

Opening Statement
“This was one of the craziest games we’ve had. I told the players at the end of the game that it was one of the most gratifying and enjoyable wins I’ve had since I’ve been here. Anything that could go wrong did go wrong in the first inning. We had extremely uncharacteristic defensive plays in the first inning. Aaron (Nola) was giving everything he had but balls were finding holes. Everything that could go wrong did. Aaron threw 42 balls in the first inning and stayed under control. I grouped the team together after the first inning and told them to start this game all over. I knew we’d come back and win this game because I know Aaron Nola. He will keep us in the game. We will get after this guy and chip into their lead. It took the whole game to do it, but I had no doubt about these kids. It turned out to be a phenomenal win. We’ve played a lot better before but as far as the gratification of being down and coming back with so much at stake it is so satisfying. There were so many key moments over the course of the game. (Andrew) Stevenson made a great catch in centerfield to save a run, and you forget about those. Later in the game so many critical things happened beginning with (Alex) Bregman starting the rally. It started with Aaron Nola coming back after the first inning and getting six scoreless innings to keep us in the game.”

On the hit and run call…
“I just felt like we needed to try something. That was a courageous move by their coach (David Pierce) to pitch (Jason Simms) who is their closer (in the third inning). He did a great job, and he threw across his body. It gave our right-handed hitters a hard time. I almost pinch hit for Jared Foster. When Sean McMullen strained his hamstring, we lost the flexibility to do anything. I just felt if we get the runners started, Raph (Rhymes) might find a hole. The base runners did a great job too.”

On having the pitchers carry the load
“I expected Aaron to carry the load for us, but the first inning was not good. I told him he had to regroup, but I couldn’t imagine him going for more than five innings. He ended up with 111 pitches. It was the Aaron Nola we know and love. He was going to go back in the eighth inning, but we got the rally inning. Once we got the lead, I felt like we have the best closer in college baseball (Chris Cotton). It was time to give the ball to him. Chris closed it down and gave us the most important win of the regional.



LSU PLAYER QUOTES

P Chris Cotton

On recording his 16th save on the season, tying Matty Ott’s school record…
“It’s an honor to be holding a record here at LSU. It’s the most prestigious baseball school in the world and it’s just truly an honor. I was just able to go out there and get ahead. My defense backed me up and the hitters put me in a situation for a save and we did a great job bouncing back after the first inning and I was just put in the right position and I was able to get it done.”

SS Alex Bregman

On his hitting performance tonight…
“I was just fortunate enough to put some good swings on balls and our guys got on base. I was seeing it well today and I was trying to use the right side of the field because I needed to get back to doing that. I just got some pitches I could hit today and I was fortunate enough to put a good swing on it.”

On his base hit in the eighth inning…
“I was just trying to get something started and get some energy going. After I got on base, Mason [Katz], Raph [Rhymes] and Christian [Ibarra] all did great jobs. It was kind of like déjà vu when I was on the hit and run because I saw Coach [Will] Davis waving me again and once I scored that run, it was like déjà vu. I was just really happy and it was a great team win.”

P Aaron Nola

On his performance in the first inning…
“That was the longest first inning that I’ve ever experienced. My biggest thing through the whole game was to give the team a chance to win and that’s what I did and I threw up six zeros and I knew I was going to get the run support behind me.”


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