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June 4, 2004

Box Score

Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Mervyl Melendez
“In the beginning, we couldn’t find the strike zone. We couldn’t put it where (Mumba Rivera) wanted it. He just didn’t settle down too well. I said it from the beginning, if he struggles with command, we’re going to have a long night. Mumba could be great but unfortunately he didn’t have it tonight. His control was not there and he couldn’t find his rhythm.”

“He (Mumba Rivera) hasn’t pitched in any real games. He’s been in one since our last game in the MEAC Tournament. It doesn’t do you justice to go out and see what you have in a regional game after being off for five weeks. He’s been on and off throughout the year so I can’t really say that was the case.”

Bethune-Cookman 1B Juan Figueroa
on Florida State pitcher Eddie Cannon:
“The main thing (Cannon) was doing is the main thing that every pitcher that has success does – he was throwing strikes, he was hitting his spots, he was hitting his corners, he was throwing every pitch for a strike. (Cannon) was getting us out. He (pitched against) us really well. He controlled the game and we couldn’t.”

Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin
“I will start off by saying Eddie (Cannon) was obviously sharp tonight. It was just one of those games that it is a shame that Bethune had its catcher hurt. When that happened the game kind of turned. The starting pitcher, Rivera, was throwing the ball very well. In fact he jammed a couple of us and got some easy outs but when the catcher went down it really changed the complexion of the game. I thought we obviously played solid other than the run that we gave up on the ball we misplayed in the corner. We didn’t exactly back the throw up like we should have and that cost us a run. Overall I was very pleased with the way we played and we got the job done.”

“The game seemed to drag a bit as result of all the walks and I think we had four or five guys hit also. There were a lot of base runners that we had tonight that we don’t usually get. I think the walks, you have to credit our hitters for being disciplined and taking the walks. Eddy Martinez-Esteve for example walked with (runners on) second and third, two outs and the next guy drew a walk to get us a run. That is something I pointed out to him. That discipline is very important.”

On what the win does as far as tomorrow goes:
“It puts us in a good position for tomorrow with a rested bullpen. Eddie (Cannon) took care of that in great fashion.”

Florida State Pitcher Eddie Cannon
On keeping in rhythm despite the long breaks between innings:
“The long wait between innings, the innings were getting kind of long. I wanted to get back out there and keep the rhythm. I like scoring the runs but sometimes I want to get back out there when I’m in a good rhythm.”

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