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Stanford-Oregon State Baseball Quotes (June 11, 2006)
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/12/2006

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On Oregon State
"First of all congratulations to Oregon State. They have obviously had a great season, and they are a great team. I wish them the very best in Omaha, and I'm sure they will do well. It always gets down to pitching, and that's why they've been as good as they are the last two years. That's always the key any time in baseball, but especially in postseason. Oregon State won't take a back seat to anybody [in Omaha]. They've got a good team."

On Stanford
"From my team's standpoint, I'm very proud of this group. It's been a long season with some ups and downs and rough roads, but they bounced back and played very well at the end of the season. We came back and played well, and made a run at it but came up just short."

On Sunday's game
"We were never really in tonight's game. They scored four runs in the first inning and were really hitting the ball all over the ballpark. We just could not contain them. They really swung the bats well and then [Jonah] Nickerson was tough on us as he's been all season. We really didn't come close to scoring a run. They just dominated us."

On winning pitcher Jonah Nickerson
"He pitched a great ballgame, but he always throws well. He's very tough to hit deep in the count. He's got a great cutter, he hides his fastball very well and his curve ball, he spots up where he needs to put it. I try to attack early with Jonah and get my best swings in early in the count. At least that way, I know I got my swings in that at bat. Whether or not I hit the ball remains to be seen but with a good pitcher like him, you have to attack early."

On being down 4-0 before Stanford ever came to the plate
"It creates some anxiety. That's a credit to Oregon State coming out and being ready to play early. You always stay positive and keep yourself in the game mentally, but it does affect you."

On his senior season and his entire Stanford experience
"This was really the most enjoyable year of my life. It was awesome even when we struggled. There were no attitude problems with the guys, and they are some of the best people you can ever meet. I'm excited to see where the Stanford program will go in the next couple of years, because there is a lot of young talent. Along with my fellow seniors, this season was a pleasure from start to finish."



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