June 1, 2002
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CAL STATE FULLERTON
Head Coach George Horton
"Not to state the obvious, but we're tickled that we're still
alive. We bounced back after a difficult and emotional game last night. We came
up with a big effort today."
(On fatigue after last night's game)
"We had a couple of guys borderline late for breakfast - the [7
a.m.] wake-up call didn't go as smoothly as we wanted. But when the National
Anthem came on, there was a spark and we found the energy to play solid baseball
for nine innings."
Starting Pitcher Jordan DeJong
(On his complete game)
"I knew going in that after the 13 innings last night that ate up our
bullpen, I just wanted to give everything I had. We jumped out to an early lead,
and I wanted to establish throwing strikes early and try to eat up innings.
I knew they'd let me tough it out."
Designated Hitter David Fischer
(On playing in Sunken Diamond)
"It's a good park [for hitters] when the wind is blowing out,
but it was blowing in. But everyone enjoys this park."
SAN JOSE STATE
Head Coach Sam Piraro
"We're obviously disappointed that we're leaving. I didn't
feel that we played the kind of baseball today that we have played over the
course of the season. Your opponent has a lot to do with that and Cal State
Fullerton was tremendous. They took advantage of every situation that needed
to be taken advantage of, and at this time of the year - that's what
it's all about: making mistakes and capitalizing on mistakes. Cal State
Fullerton did a tremendous job of that today and they were the better team."
(On Jordan DeJong's performance)
(On his reflections about the season)
"It was very frustrating. We were trying to get back in the game and
we would get the bases loaded and have guys in scoring position and come up
empty handed. You have to come up with something and we didn't and that
gave Fullerton the momentum and they took it from there."
"45 wins is a lot of wins. But I really wanted us to play better [in
the postseason]. When you play a team like Cal State Fullerton or Long Beach
and they don't make a lot of mistakes, frustration kicks in at a certain
point and I think that took us out of our game. I'm hoping our younger
players learn from [the experience]."
Second Baseman Gabe Lopez:
(On San Jose State's hitting during the Regional relative to the past few
"You have to give credit to Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach. We
faced good pitching all year and we didn't expect anything different coming
into the postseason. But, like coach said, we didn't play postseason baseball."
Catcher Adam Shorsher:
(On reflections about the season)
"It's going to take a couple of weeks before I can really reflect
on how outstanding this season really was. It's a real disappointment to
come in here and not play the type of baseball we're capable of."