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Oregon vs. Rice Regional Quotes
Release Date: 06/03/2013
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Oregon Head Coach George Horton

On the loss…

“We got stunned and flinched. Thanks to their will to win, they took advantage.”

“Their guys played better than our guys on short rest. When they got off to that quick start, certainly that motivated them and they looked invincible.”

On Ryon Healy’s possible draft departure…

“We actually thought Healy was a better pitcher than hitter. We surely hope he gets drafted as high as possible. He went from a youngster to essentially carrying our offense this season.”

“I’m most proud that I got to know Ryon. Selfishly, I’d like him to stick around for another year, but I know he’s got a great future.”

On the season…

“I would like to congratulate my team. The seniors helped us win 94 games in the past two years. Once all of the emotions dissipate, then we’ll be able to reflect on what we accomplished.”

“We certainly didn’t think we were overrated. Out of our 16 losses, we lost to plenty of teams that are advancing in the tournament. I don’t think that’s embarrassing. We’re going to come back next year with the intentions of going to Omaha.”

On coaching priorities…

“As I get older, my competitive nature has not gone away. I still have the burning desire to win championships, but now I’m more concerned with things beyond the game. These guys are National Champions in life. There’s only one team at the end of the year that’s really happy. Unfortunately, we play a game that’s measured by winning.”

On the growth of Jimmie Sherfy…

“Jimmie has grown up a lot. He went from a silly freshman to an All-American pitcher by putting in hard work.”

#25 Ryon Healy, First baseman Oregon

On the loss…

“It’s going to be a long process of reflecting. We can’t drown in this disappointment. The fact that we made it as far as we did is very accomplishing. I’m not walking out of here with my head hanging. I’m proud to be a Duck.”

On his future…

“Quite frankly, I have a lot of emotions going through my head right now. I don’t know what my future holds yet. Whether I leave or stay, coming to the University of Oregon was the greatest baseball decision of my life. We’ll see what the next week has in store for me.”

#13 Tyler Baumgartner, Left Fielder Oregon

On the loss…

“As an offensive unit, we were trying too hard. In this unrewarding ballpark, that isn’t going to cut it.”

“Things just didn’t go our way today. Fatigue was not an issue.”

Rice Head Coach Wayne Graham

On the win…

“I thought we had more quality at-bats this year than any other. It’s one of those games where it’s either you’re hot or not. We were hot tonight.”

“We always feel like we have good defense. We’re always hoping for more quality at-bats, and that blossomed for us tonight.”

On beating a national seed…

“We had to beat them, because a team like Oregon will definitely not beat themselves.”

#33 Zech Lemond, Pitcher

On starting…

“The emotion didn’t really get to me. It was just another game. I didn’t even know I was getting the start until just before we arrived at the park.”

On the defensive productivity…

“The first inning set the tone for the whole game. I continued to let my defense work for me and we got it done.”

#4 Hunter Kopycinski, Catcher

On preparing for North Carolina State…

“I’ll sleep well tonight, but we have to get back to work tomorrow.”

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