May 27, 2006
Pepperdine Head Coach Steve Rodriguez
On the performance of pitcher Paul Coleman:
"He's been pretty good since last year, and this past couple of weeks off has been good because we've had a chance to view some videos of his performance last year and iron out some mechanical things with him. There were some things that he started doing this year that he didn't do last year, and this is probably the best game I've seen him pitch this year."
On advantages of Pepperdine's postseason experience:
"I think it does help in regard to our guys knowing what to expect. They expect to be good and they expect to win, and those are things that you really can't coach. Our guys were pretty highly ranked at the beginning of the year, and we were in regional finals each of the last two years. We've been in this situation in the Championship Series for the last two years, where we've lost the first game and had to come back. These are things that aren't surprising to our guys, so hopefully we can take advantage of it."
San Francisco Head Coach Nino Giarratano
On the game:
"It's just one game. It was a culmination of just not playing very well. Giving them free bases, walking guys, hitting guys, making mental mistakes in the field and then not catching the ball. I don't think we were nervous by any means, I think we just played bad. It was such an emotional game and once we got down, we stopped concentrating and stopped playing hard. That's probably the only time all year that I feel we didn't play all nine innings. We just need to file it away as a loss, and come back tomorrow and play like we're capable of. "
On the team's reaction to the loss:
"No loss is good, but that kind of loss should wake us up. Baseball is a humbling game. Yesterday we were on top of the world with a 7-6 win and a diving catch to end it, and all of sudden we're down 11-0. The way this team has responded to adversity all year, it should be something that we can build on. Hopefully, tomorrow we'll play tomorrow's game and not the end of today's game. We got out-pitched today, and there's nothing we can take away from Paul Coleman. Tomorrow we need to come out and score some runs and hit a little better than we did today."
- Pepperdine's Paul Coleman struck out eight batters in 7.2 innings pitched to improve to 7-5 on the season.
- Pepperdine freshman Denny Duron legged out his first career triple in the sixth inning.
- This season marks the second straight year that the WCC Championship Series will have gone the full three games.
- Sunday's game will begin at 1:00 PM (PDT), and will be televised live on FSN West2, and on a tape delayed basis on FSN Bay Area and Northwest. The delayed broadcast will air on Monday, May 29 at 12:00 PM (PDT).
- This year marks the first time that the WCC Championship Series has been hosted in the Bay Area.