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2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Regional – Game 4

Virginia (39-17-1) vs. Appalachian State (40-16)

Davenport Field | Charlottesville, Va. | June 3, 2012 | 3 p.m.

Appalachian State University Quotes

Appalachian State Head Coach Chris Pollard

Opening Statement:
“I’m just really proud of our kids. Virginia has one of the best teams in the country. To come here and stand toe-to-toe with them is a tremendous credit to the toughness and resiliency of our players. I thought Seth Grant did a great job coming here and grinding away. He went out there most of the day with just a fastball and pounded away to get it done. It’s a tremendous credit to his toughness to be able to give us six good innings off of one pitch. I thought it was a great job by our bullpen – Frankoff and Hyatt – to come when UVa had seized momentum back. They made some tough pitches in some key spots. We weren’t perfect all day. Obviously we had four errors, but we competed and made plays when we had to. That has been the mark of this team all year and I could not be more proud of them.”

On Nathan Hyatt:
“It speaks to his toughness for him to come back and pitch after an outing that was not up to our standards and not up to his standards. To come out and basically have 4,000 people rooting against you and get those final three outs, speaks to his toughness.”

On getting ejected:
“I haven’t been thrown out since the 2010 season so I really went almost three years without an ejection. You can’t argue a checked swing. Sometimes you get a little bit of a leash in a big, key spot like that.”

On Virginia:
“To compete against a program that is perennially an Omaha contender is a great honor. I told Coach O’Connor how impressed I was with the job he has done with the team and with the program. They do it with a ton of class. He has certainly one of the best, if not the best, coaching staff in the country. To be able to be in the opposite dugout from those guys, in this atmosphere, was just special.”

Pitcher Seth Grant

On his approach:
“Our pitching staff tries to attack hitters the whole game, whether there is nobody on or the bases are loaded. We always try to stay with our approach, which is what has gotten us to this point in the season. I tried to move the fastball around and get some soft contact.”

On pitching with a six-run lead:
“That’s huge for me as a starting pitcher. Early in the game, it is nice to see our guys go out and swing the bats like that and be aggressive on the offensive half. It gives you a lot more confidence. When you get that big of lead, your job is to go out there and throw strikes. I didn’t do the best job of that but I found a way to get out of it.”

On Coach Pollard getting ejected:
“Coach does not get ejected very often so the way we feel as a team is that when he does get ejected, it is because he is standing up for us and fighting for our team. That does pump us up. I think that at that point in the game we were excited anyway. We were smelling it and we just wanted to get those last six outs.”

On beating two power conference teams:
“I think a lot of people thought that we’d come up here and just be happy being here. We came up here and played our brand of baseball and stayed aggressive. If we stay aggressive offensively and defensively, we have a pretty good chance to win games.”

Second Baseman Hector Crespo

On his diving save in the eighth:
“I have been watching [Keith] Werman for three years and I know he is a great player. He hit it sharply and I was able to dive and catch it. I’m glad that I was able to step up for my team and I’m really happy that I made that play. He hit it pretty well.”

On beating two power conference teams:
“We’ve beaten big teams before but this is great. These are two, back-to-back opponents from great conferences. We aren’t just happy winning. We know we can compete with anyone in this country.”

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