Indiana Baseball Quotes - Big Ten Championship Game
May 24, 2009
2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament
Indiana coach Tracy Smith
On winning the team's first Big Ten Tournament championship since 1996
"I am very pleased, obviously, for our guys. I just said to our seniors to think about where we were four years ago. And we talked about what a neat experience it will be to play in a regional and I am very glad these guys will get to experience that because they have worked very hard for it."
On qualifying for the NCAA Tournament
"It is awesome to go to a (regional), but I told the kids to don't think for a second that we can't get to the ultimate thing (the College World Series). The kids we throw out 1-2 (Arnett and Bashore) are as good as anybody in the country, and the way we are playing as a team right now and the way we are swinging the bats, anything is certainly possible."
"We waited for a long time for two guys to step up and we got that out of them this weekend. And the neat thing about it is they are both freshmen. We wouldn't be where we are right now if those guys didn't do a good job shutting down good baseball teams."
Senior outfielder Chris Hervey
On the difference between his freshman year and now
"I have been here for four years and I have seen the best of the best and the worst of the worst. It is a testament to our players that we can get here and play so well. We kept our eye on the goal and we worked hard to get there."
On the Tournament being in Columbus
"From the facilities and everything else to how we were treated by staff, I certainly can't imagine a conference tournament that was run better than this one."
On IU baseball picking up Hoosier fans after a tough year
"We are sports fans in Indiana and we wanted a team to cheer and we are that team."
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