June 2, 2000 - by
Seminoles, Hurricanes Renew Rivalry In Super Regionals

June 2, 2000


Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin:

OPENING REMARKS:

“I’m not gonna talk long because there’s really not a whole lot I can say.

The main thing that I want to emphasize is the fact that we’ve got a group of young men, 25 on each team, that get after it for 27 outs and sometimes longer.”

“When the game’s over with, we don’t do anything except shake hands. That’s the way college baseball is supposed to be. It makes me proud to be a Seminole. I’m sure it makes Jim (Morris) proud to be a Hurricane. That’s the way these two teams approach this rivalry. ”

ON FLORIDA STATE:

“Talk about a year in which a lot of courage and commitment was shown. That was evident last weekend when we lost the second ballgame but we were able to come back and win three.”

ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI:

“I would say that the team that you would least like to play for the right to go to Omaha would be Miami. They are playing great baseball right now.

They’ve got alot of momentum. You might say they’re peaking. They’ve got alot to prove, so to speak, to their critics. You’re getting Miami at the wrong time.”

“Going to the College World Series six years in-a-row is unprecedented. It’s unherad of. It’s an accomplishment that we would all like to be able to boast and they have a chance to go seven times in-a-row. They are the only ones that have the opportunity to go seven times in-a-row.”

“We do feel we have an advantage by playing at home but at the same time Miami has played very well here over the years. We’ve got a weekend apprpoaching that could be the most exciting of any baseball weekend in the history of Florida State.”


University of Miami Head Coach Jim Morris:

OPENING REMARKS:

“We are very excited about being here. The greatest tradition in college baseball is Florida State and Miami. Probably the only disappointing thing about coming down here for this particular time is that we’d rather be playing in Omaha, there’s no question about that.”

ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI:

“We have not been as consistent this year as I’d like to be. We’ve been a team that has been ranked around 15. We really did not expect to host a Super Regional but we didn’t expect to be playing at Florida State either.”

WHAT HIS TEAM NEEDS TO DO TO BEAT FLORIDA STATE:

“We’re gonna have to pitch well. Everything starts with pitching. David Gil is going to have to have a great performance against their team. Blair Varnes is an outstanding pitcher and we’re gonna have to get some timely hitting.”

ON PLAYING AT DICK HOWSER STADIUM:

“I’m sure 95% of the fans will be wearing the wrong colors, as far as I am concerned. It’s an exciting place to play. There’s no better place to play a game than right here.”

ON THE RETURN OF KEVIN BROWN:

“We didn’t get Kevin back into the starting line-up until last weekend. He came out and played well. I think that gave us a boost mentally knowing he was back out there. He got some big hits that gave us a lift emotionally. Right now, when you look at our fifth and sixth hitters and know Kevin Brown is up next, you may not pitch around them. He’s probably helped the guys in front of him to see better pitches.”

ON BEING THE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:

“We might of refered to some of the things we did last year to many times.Maybe to our detrement. We talked about the things we did and the number of wins we put up. You shouldn’t compare them (current team) to the National Champions. I probably shouldn’t put that pressure on our team but we do.”

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