Postgame Quotes: UC-Davis 4, Stanford 2
Marquess: Bleich healthy enough to start Saturday
Marquess: Bleich healthy enough to start Saturday
Staff Writer
Posted May 31, 2008
Daniel Novinson


Second baseman Cord Phelps, starting pitcher Erik Davis, coach Mark Marquess and their counterparts from UC-Davis speak about the Aggies' 4-2 opening-round win. Marquess said he would choose either Jeffrey Inman, Jeremy Bleich or Austin Yount to start against Arkansas at 1 p.m.

Stanford

Coach Mark Marquess:
That was a great college baseball game and a great effort by two great college baseball pitchers. We couldn’t overcome that four-run seventh. Erik Davis pitched very well but Gamboa just pitched a little bit better. He was on balance the whole night and came up with the big pitches when he needed to. It was a very good college baseball game and UC Davis just did a great job tonight. They got their hits together at the right time and that was the difference.

On facing Davis:
They are very good, but every team this time of year is a very tough matchup. We are more familiar with them since we played them earlier in the year, so we knew that they would be a tough matchup. Neither team had faced a weekend pitcher, so we knew it would be a different kind of matchup, but they are very dangerous and they came through in the seventh inning. We were able to keep them in check for most of the game, but they got a hit and a walk and then got the big hit, and that was the difference in the game. It was a very close game and we had our chances with Ratliff’s near-homer, but the difference was that one inning when they were able to get four.

I ask who will start tomorrow and whether Jeremy Bleich would be healthy enough to start:
“I don’t know who we are going to go with tomorrow. Jeremy threw three innings last weekend and felt good, so I could imagine he could go four or five. We could go with Jeffrey [Inman] or we could go with Yount, and I haven’t made the decision or talked to my coaches yet. If we are going to win we are going to have to use a lot of pitching so we are going to have to sit down and think about how we are going to approach it now. We don’t know who it will be, I will make that decision tomorrow morning when we get here.
Note: Arkansas' lineup is righty-heavy. Inman and Yount are righties; Bleich is a southpaw.

On how Stanford will bounce back:
I think we will come back and be ready to play tomorrow. As I said, there are no bad teams this time of year and we will come back tomorrow and play a good Arkansas team who had a tough loss today as well. I hope we can get a good pitching performance and score some runs and stay alive in this Regional. I know we will come ready to play, but I know Arkansas will too.

On coming back in Regionals:
“There is so much parity now in college baseball and this is a change. That wasn’t the case 15-20 years ago. I think we can win this Regional, like a lot of other teams in the country. But, obviously, it is a huge advantage for whoever can win the game tomorrow between Pepperdine and Davis.

Cord Phelps:
On the team's mentality:
“We feel like we have our backs against the wall. We dropped the game tonight, so we know we have to win a few now to come back. We know we can comeback and do what we need to do.

On Gamboa:
He changes speeds so well. He got us to chase pitches down in the zone and he had a strong command of his fastball tonight.

Erik Davis:
On giving up hits on 0-2 pitches:
“When you have a hitter 0-2, you often aren’t trying to put a pitch over the plate. To their credit they hit some mistakes and that is a credit to them that they were able to battle like that. That hurt me a little bit because you are always fighting for that advantage and when you have it you need to take advantage of it. It is a credit to them for fighting and getting that four-run inning.

I ask whether he felt different toward the end of his eight-inning outing:
I didn’t feel any different actually. I was impressed with how I was able to keep my stuff throughout the game. I was able to win the battles early, but unfortunately they were able to win that one inning. I was able to do my job for five or six innings, but they were able to get the job done in the seventh.

On saving the bullpen:
Now that we have lost, I think it is beneficial for us that I was able to save our bullpen a little bit. I have been doing that a lot this year, trying to save some of the other pitchers on this team. Don’t count me out, because I will battle. This is my last season and I won’t go down without a fight.

On whether again losing to Davis made the loss tougher:
Every loss hurts. It is never easy to take.


UC Davis

Coach Rex Peters:
The game played out the way that I anticipated. I thought it was going to be a well-pitched game and a low scoring game. I knew that it was going to come down to the last few innings and it did. Erik Davis had his change-up going and we weren’t seeing it real well, so we tried to make some adjustments by moving up in the box and trying to get him to elevate some of his pitches, especially his off-speed pitches. He started doing that and we started seeing him better and started getting some better swings. That’s how we got the four-run inning.

On removing Gamboa after allowing a leadoff walk in the ninth:
It crossed my mind for a second, but I thought he matched up pretty well against Milleville. He hit the ball pretty hard, but we got a double play out of it. Then, since there was nobody on base, we figured we would let him pitch to one more batter, but that was going to be his last batter. He was getting a little tired.

On whether the win was the biggest in UC-Davis baseball history:
It is our only postseason victory, so it has got to be.

On why Davis plays so well against Stanford:
Stanford has a lot of baseball tradition. I have a lot of respect for Coach Marquess and what he has done over here at Stanford with their program. They have good athletes and I don’t know why, but they bring out the best in us. I don’t know if it is the Cardinal and white or whatever it is, but our kids like to come over here and play and are excited to take on Stanford. For some reason we play well against them, but I can’t put my thumb on it. It’s just something where we feel comfortable and we are excited to come here and play.

On the low expectations to start the season:  
We were picked last to start the year, but it was because we were the new kids on the block and in this conference you have to prove yourself. I never felt like this was a last-place team. It was an opportunity to open some eyes and it is the same thing in the postseason. Records don’t mean anything, statistics don’t mean anything and it is just another opportunity to prove something and open some eyes.


Pitcher Eddie Gamboa:

On how his arm feels:
It feels great. I could have kept going. Unfortunately it only goes nine innings. But we got the win.

On playing at Stanford:
It is a great atmosphere here. We experience crowds like this in summer ball. It really helps us out with situations like this where some guys try to do to much. But we are here in front of our family and friends. It brings out the best in you.

On falling behind in the first inning:
I think the pressure comes from who is going to throw the first punch and then once they scored that run, it is a matter of just relaxing and doing what you need to do by hitting the glove and getting some ground balls. Our defense played great today to get us the W.

On wanting to finish the game:
I wanted to finish the game very bad. I had a situation this summer where I went eight and a third and we won the game, but I had a flashback to that game. It was a very important game for me to finish and make the coaches proud. The class of 2003, we wanted to be a legitimate team in the Big West and be in the top-four.

Evan Hudson:
On coming from behind: 
It seems like it has been all year. We don’t do anything until the seventh, eighth, and ninth, but we just keep battling and put some at-bats together and score some runs.

On his game-winning double in the seventh inning:
They intentionally walked to get to me to set-up the double play. I just knew that he is a good pitcher, he mixes up his pitches well with the fastball and change-up. I was just looking for something up and I got a fastball and just stayed short and turned on it.

On having the batter in front of him intentionally walked:
I don’t want to say disrespected, but you feel that way as a hitter. They walk the guy in front of you because they think you are an easy out, or you take it that way at least. I just tried to make it backfire on them.

Thanks to Aaron Juarez and the Media Relations staff for their help in transcribing quotes.


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