South Carolina vs. Evansville Notes and Quotes

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June 4, 2006

Game #6 Post-Game Notes

SOUTH CAROLINA

  • South Carolina is making its seventh consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and eighth under head coach Ray Tanner. USC has advanced to the Super Regional five of the last six years.

  • With today's loss, South Carolina stands at 39-23 overall and 2-3 in games played in a neutral stadium.

  • South Carolina falls to 82-467(.640) in postseason play in its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance.

  • South Carolina is now 26-10 this season when scoring first.

  • Tonight's game was the second meeting between the two teams, with both games coming in this Charlottesville regional. USC defeated Evansville 4-2 on Saturday after the Friday night game was rained out.

  • Junior pitcher Forrest Beverly fell to 6-3 on the season. This is his second regional appearance; he did not get a decision in the loss to Georgia Tech.

  • Justin Smoak played in his 61st game of the season tonight and after going 0-for-3 tonight he fell to 68-for-235 on the season and has 16 HR and 59 RBI. Both totals are USC freshman records. He is the only Carolina player to start in 60 games in 2006.

  • Phil Disher has a six game hitting streak after his performance tonight, which included his second consecutive game with a home run. In his last ten starts, Disher has four homers, 2 doubles, and is 13-for-42 with 13 RBI.

  • South Carolina will meet Evansville tomorrow (5 June) for the right to advance to the SuperRegional.

    EVANSVILLE

  • Evansville is making its third NCAA Regional appearance and first under head coach Dave Schrage.

  • With today's win, Evansville stands 43-21 overall and 10-5 at neutral sites. UE has won 17 of its last 19 games and three consecutive NCAA regional games. In its third trip to the NCAA regionals, Evansville now stands 5-5, including a 3-1 mark this spring. This is Evansville first trip to the regional final.

  • Evansville's 43 wins are the most since 2000 (41). The Purple Aces have eclipsed the 40-win mark five times in school history.
  • Junior shortstop Robbie Minor went two-for-five with four RBI against South Carolina.

  • Junior first baseman Kasey Wahl leads the Purple Aces in batting at .381. With his single in the third inning, Wahl re-wrote the school's single-season record with 91 hits. The previous mark was 90 RBI by Ryan Brownlee from 1996.

  • Senior RHP Mitch Prout now stands 2-1 on the season. He has 23 strikeouts.

    Evansville Single-Season Record Watch:
    Kasey Wahl
    Has: 91 HitsRecord is: 90Needs: 0
    20 Doubles255
    Pat Tumilty
    Has: 13 HomerunsRecord is: 20Needs: 7

    Game #6 Quotes

    Ray Tanner, head coach

    On today's game:
    Against a quality opponent, you can't give up double digit hits, nine walks, and some key errors. Evansville is a good team, and they capitalized on it. We had a terrible third­we failed to make some plays and they took advantage. It was nice to get three runs to open the game, but I knew it would not be enough.

    Four errors will do you in [in the third inning]. When you walk nine guys, that will get you. We were hitting the ball well tonight. We made some loud outs in the first couple of innings, and we made some base-running errors because we were being aggressive.

    On the pitching situation tomorrow:
    We will go back to the hotel and discuss it. [Wynn] Pelzer is available, and [Andrew] Cruse has some innings in him, and [Chase] Tucker is available as well. There's a chance Pelzer can start, but it's something we will talk about back at the hotel.

    On playing Evansville again tomorrow (5 June)
    Our guys will be ready to play tomorrow.

    Neil Geisler, Third base

    Schedule says we play tomorrow, so that's what we are going to do. The season is on the line tomorrow, and that should explain what we are facing.

    Forrest Beverly, starting pitcher for Carolina

    It felt like things were going well at first, and a lot of bad things just happened. A lot of it was me; I didn't do the things I needed to do. I needed to keep pitching like it was 0-0; I needed to make pitches.

    EVANSVILLE

    Dave Schrage, head coach

    On shortstop Robbie Minor:
    Robbie's been a big game player for us. Last summer in their summer league, he hit a homer. He hadn't had a homer all last summer. Then he hit the game-winning home run in the championship game. When I saw him in high school, he was the point guard for the basketball team. They went to the elite eight (in Illinois) which was very tough for them to do, because it's such a small school. When I went and saw him play basketball, I said. `I've got to have that kid.' He was the heart and soul of their team. Obviously he can play a little baseball. He loves the big games.

    On 18-batter third inning:
    We got some breaks today, let's be honest. I think Virginia made six errors, and South Carolina made four today. Obviously the biggest play of the game was (Jim) Viscomi's tapper in front of the mound.

    Our team's very opportunitistic. When the ball went into to centerfield, that got us going.

    On tomorrow's winner-take-all game:
    These guys were saying they're tired. If it were up to me, I'd play in a half hour from now. The way we've been playing on a day like today. Sometimes it's an advantage to turn around right away and play.

    Tomorrow will be one ball game, but we'll be ready.

    Kasey Wahl, first baseman

    On 12-run third inning:
    I don't know. It's as tough for me to describe as it is for you. We just went up there with a lot of determination. We knew we needed to get some runs. Even though we had eight at the rain delay, we knew we needed more, because their offense is so powerful. They can hit the ball whenever. No runs are enough against a team like (South Carolina).

    On coming from behind against Lehigh then knocking off Virginia and South Carolina:
    It's been a lot on our bodies definitely, because it's a lot of baseball. They've been hard-fought games for us. We've got to put everything out there; otherwise, we're going home. It's been great that our bats have com alive and stayed hot.

    Mitch Prout, pitcher

    On playing four games in 32 hours:
    Four games in 32 hours will surely wear you out, probably more for the hitters than the pitchers. They're doing a great job for us. Fifteen runs against South Carolina is pretty huge.