Virginia Tech Head Coach Pete Hughes:
“I want to thank my seniors and the players I am coaching for the last time for doing the right thing in the community, academically and on the field. I feel bad these guys had to go out this way, but there is only one team in the country that is going to go out on their last game as a winner. If you don’t play clean baseball, you’re not going to win the game, so credit Oklahoma for playing clean baseball. Credit Oklahoma for coming on the road and winning on the road in a Regional because that is a hard thing to do. I am proud of the way our kids battled and competed in precious situation. I thought our guys did a great job for the entire tournament. The next goal is to sustain this success and keep hosting regionals and advance to the supers. There is a ton of victories that happened this weekend that you don’t see on the baseball field. We got a chance to expose our venue and community nationally, and that is priceless. ”
“We put together a 40 win season with a special bunch of guys, and I couldn’t be happier to be with them, but it is tough to end it this way. They took advantage of the opportunities they had. They put together some good at bats and took advantage with runners in scoring positions. ”
“It’s been unbelievable. I am going to miss these guys. Coach Hughes means the world to me. This could be the last time I put on a uniform, but I have had the best 34 teammates you could ever have. I couldn’t ask for a better college career. I am happy for this opportunity and I appreciate Coach Hughes giving me the opportunity to play here for five years. ”
“Everything was working for us. The changeup was producing some double plays. I had my curveball going, but they started sitting on the curveball and getting hits. They realized the only thing that was going to be in the zone was the curveball, so they started to be effective that way.