OMAHA, Neb. — As you can imagine, the Diamond Hogs were excited about where they stood following the game one victory in Omaha Tuesday night.
In the video above, you can listen to the full post-game news conference.
Here are some highlights via ArkansasRazorbacks.com:
From The Head Coach
“It did. I actually made that comment earlier to someone that this is kind of how crazy it was back when we brought Nebraska here in 2001 for the first time. I just kept reminding our players to stay calm and save their energy because back in 2001 by the time the game started our team was tired, honest to goodness, just from what was all going on and up and down. And I thought our guys did a nice job of handling it, and I told them walk around, walk from the bullpen, just save it. Save it for the game. It was a great atmosphere. The fans were incredible.” – Head coach Dave Van Horn on if the crowd size felt similar to the years he brought Nebraska to the College World Series
“Well, what I said to him, I just gave him a hug and he said thank you. It was pretty simple. He knew exactly what I meant. Having a guy like him that you can put out there every Friday or whatever, first game of the series, whether we started on Friday or Thursday, he just — he gave us innings, and he saved our bullpen. He got a couple no-decisions, got a lot of wins, and just a lot of stability. I appreciate him coming back this year. He felt like at the end of last year he was very tired. He had lost a lot of weight. He just felt like he needed another year. Obviously, I feel like it was a good decision, but just for him to go out into professional baseball, I feel like he’ll have a lot better success now than he would have last year. But you know, it was kind of surreal knowing that that was the last time he’s going to probably step on the mound for us. I mean, it is.” – Head coach Dave Van Horn on Blaine Knight’s outing
From The Players
“I mean, this year has gone to everything I’ve wanted so far. I mean, that’s a credit to this team. This team has picked me up all year long and we’ve battled together, so without this team, I wouldn’t be in the situation I’m in. All credit goes to them.” – Blaine Knight on coming back for another year with the Razorbacks and finishing in the CWS finals
“Yeah, after the game, Coach’s immediate message was we have a lot of work to do and there’s a lot of unfinished business, and we’ve got to come out tomorrow with a sense of urgency for sure. That was the message, and I think we all — he didn’t even really have to say it. We all know that our season could end at any point, could end in two days. We all know that. We’re just fighting for one more day, one more game with our guys, so we’re definitely going to come out with a sense of urgency tomorrow.” – Grant Koch on what Coach Van Horn’s message was to the team after the 4-1 win