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Post-Game Notes and Quotes: San Diego vs. Gonzaga

May 26, 2007

Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Machtolf

On the game: "We knew San Diego would come out and play well today. They're ranked No. 5 in the country for a reason, and now we have to focus on the last game of the year tomorrow. I told my guys to flush this one down the toilet, just forget about it, and come out ready to play for the conference championship on Sunday."

On the big seventh inning for USD: "Baseball can get like that. In that situation, you want to save your bullpen, and make sure that you don't hurt your chances for tomorrow in any way. It's up to us to get the job done."

On the possibility of getting an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament: "We won't concern ourselves with that until tomorrow night. Our number one goal is to win a conference championship, and that's what we're going to try to do tomorrow. We're here to win, and not think too far in advance as far as an at-large bid is concerned."

San Diego Head Coach Rich Hill

On the game: "We came out focused today, and it started with our breathing and visualization exercises in pre-game. We were loose, but had a certain swagger. Josh Romanski has been great all year and was clutch for us today, and anytime you get 21 hits against (Gonzaga pitcher) Brandon Harmon, it's going to be a great experience for your guys. At the plate we took good at-bats, didn't chase a lot of pitches, and were tough with two strikes. It was a typical day of USD baseball, and a total team effort."

On Sunday's game: "What can I say? It's championship Sunday. I hope the city of San Diego comes out and enjoys a great day of sun and baseball at Cunningham Stadium. Gonzaga's a great team, very well-coached, and I look forward to getting out here tomorrow and just being a fan."

On Sunday's starting pitchers: "Gonzaga's Josh Monroe is a gamer. He's been a first team All-WCC guy in the past and he's going to look to put his team on his back tomorrow. He's just a gutsy competitor, and a go-to guy for them. Matt Couch will be on the mound for us, and we also have a rested bullpen. So it should be a great day for baseball at USD.

Notes

  • This season marks the third straight year, and the seventh time in nine years, that the WCC Championship Series will have gone the full three games.
  • San Diego improved its program-record win total to 42 on the season.
  • Sunday's rubber game will begin at 3:00 PM (PT), and the scheduled pitchers are Josh Monroe for Gonzaga and Matt Couch for San Diego.
  • The WCC will honor a "Most Outstanding Player" and "Most Outstanding Pitcher" of the WCC Championship Series for the first time following the 2007 event.
  • This season marks the first WCC Championship Series held at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego.