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WCC Championship Series: Game 1

May 25, 2007

Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Machtolf

On Clayton Mortensen's performance: He was outstanding today, he really came out and battled. He made key pitches late in at-bats and kept their lineup off balance. He's been doing it all year, and he was really great for us today.

On Gonzaga's offense: I was very happy with our aggressiveness at the plate today. Scoring two runs after being down early was very important, and our guys were able to get good pitches and be productive with them.

On tomorrow's game: San Diego is a really great team and we know they'll come to play. It's tough to beat them at their place, and we'll have our work cut out for us.

San Diego Head Coach Rich Hill:

On the game: I've been saying all along that Gonzaga is one of the best kept secrets in America, and they were just better than us today. But there's a ton of optimism in this program, and tomorrow can't come soon enough for our guys. We're going to have a good night, rest up, and look forward to tomorrow because it's going to be a dogfight.

On Clayton Mortensen's performance: He's a top class pitcher, and he made clutch pitches all day. It wasn't a case of us not executing, and all the credit has to go to Mortensen and to Gonzaga for today's win.

On Brian Matusz' performance: It was a gutsy performance. He wasn't as sharp, and maybe he had a little bit of rust due to the layoff. Brian will bounce back, though, and he'll be ready to have a good outing next weekend.


- Gonzaga also won the first game of the last WCC Championship Series they appeared in, knocking off Pepperdine 7-6 in 2001.

- Saturday's game time is 2:00 PM (PT), and the scheduled pitchers are Brandon Harmon for Gonzaga and Josh Romanski for San Diego.

- This season marks the first WCC Championship Series held at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego.