June 4, 2011
Head Coach Terry Rooney
“I am very proud of our effort today of our guys. Obviously we faced an outstanding Bethune-Cookman club – a team that we played several times during the year. Obviously their starting pitcher did a tremendous job today but our guys continued to battle throughout the day. I thought Danny Winkler pitched fantastic. I thought he was incredible the entire time he was out there and I thought our offense responded when we needed it against an outstanding pitcher from Bethune-Cookman.
“To be honest, early on we really didn’t play fundamental baseball. I know it’s hard to look back because it seems like 28 hours ago – but we didn’t play fundamental baseball. Obviously we had the error in the outfield, there was a bunt or two that we didn’t get down. But the point being is that our guys, once again, we hung in there, hung in there with tremendous confidence all the way through.
“From a team standpoint I was very proud of the way we battled back and we answered when we needed to in the second half of the game offensively and I thought that Danny Winkler was just fantastic.
“We are very confident in the position we are in. Certainly you would have like to have been in the 2-0 game but where we are right now for two reasons: Number one offensively I think we found our grove a little bit today, we swung the bats very. Tomorrow is about having confidence – we have got it now. From a pitching standpoint we have got depth.
“This is what you play for and I feel good about our chances as we move forward.”
Starting Pitcher Danny Winkler
On his performance today
“I just stuck to my game plan like I have always been doing in the last couple of weeks – just get ahead early. My slider was really bad today – I just wasn’t happy with it. I commanded my fastball and with their starter going and pitching like he was he just kept me in it like I should be in a nothing to nothing ballgame. I was pitching out of the zone like I have been pitching all month. I think I just was trying too hard to make that perfect pitch and get that strikeout and get the momentum back on our side. I kind of felt the momentum was flying towards their side an obviously with the hit it was. For some reason when we get down we just wake up.
Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Mervyl Melendez
“The magic number seven- seven is usually the inning that we usually can’t get anybody out and that turned out to be the big inning for UCF. We couldn’t locate and couldn’t throw the pitches we needed to and that was ultimately the inning that destroyed our season. We have to regroup for next year and know the things we need to do better in order to advance in the NCAA tournament. We need to get better in the bullpen so we can compete at this level.”
On bullpen problems throughout the year
“It hasn’t been a major problem this year. I mentioned before the tournament our Achilles heel in the past has been the seventh inning, if we get passed the seventh inning we’re going to have a good game and that was the case in the tournament.”
On how they responded offensively after an early deficit
“One thing we have is heart. We’re not the typical team that is going to give up, we have adversity and even though we were down 14-5 going into the rain delay we still felt we could score runs but it didn’t work out. You have to give UCF a lot of credit; their pitchers who came in relief did an outstanding job.”
Bethune-Cookman pitcher Rayan Gonzalez
On his day on the mound
“I just went out there with all I had. The sixth inning I began to get a little tired but it was nothing that I couldn’t handle. I think it was a good outing, my changeup and slider were falling for me and I was able to throw them pretty successfully.”