Feb. 22, 2015
South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook
“It was a good weekend for us, anytime you can sweep an opponent. We played pretty well. I thought we played much better yesterday than we did today. Northeastern battled us until the end. They got 15 hits, they out-hit us, they’re scrappy offensively and we kind of just persevered our way into the third win of the weekend. We did some good things, but we left some runs out there that will come back and get us in conference play or later down the road if we don’t shore that up. We had some runners in scoring position with less than two outs and we couldn’t push any across. Leadoff double and we just pitched a tent out there and didn’t even move and couldn’t move them over. There were a couple things that were disappointing that we need to continue to improve upon, but all in all, a 6-4 win, a third win of the weekend, coming after 18 innings yesterday, we’ll take it and we’ll move on and get ready for a game against Davidson this week.”
On Caldwell and Destino’s two-out at-bats in the 5th inning
Alex (Destino) picked us up, (Elliott) Caldwell had another nice game. Jordan Gore continues to be a tough out; Gene Cone continues to be a tough out. We’ve got the makings of a good offensive team. We’re right at a one-to-one walk-to-strikeout ratio for the year through seven games. That’s pretty good. If we’re one-to-one throughout the course of the season, we’re going to have a good offensive team. Our plate approaches are okay, our execution wasn’t so hot today, but you have to give credit to Northeastern. They battled us; they made some pretty darn good pitches.
On Jordan Gore’s defensive play
He’s played his tail off. Anytime right or left, if he gets his glove on it, I think, because of his arm strength, he’s going to throw you out. The plays he made in the hole, there’s not many kids in college that make those plays because his arm strength is just electric.
On the spark his home run brought to the dugout
“It was huge, we needed a spark and I was just trying my best to do what I could. There was a runner in scoring position so I was trying to get him over anyway and I fell back in the count. Like I said, I was lucky enough to get a good swing on the ball and hit one out of the park. That was good for us, we were excited in the dugout and I was really excited I could supply that for the team.”
On his 2-out hit in the fifth inning
“After two strikes, I swung. Fouled off about three or four changeups. I had two strikes I was battling. He threw a fastball up and I got lucky and got a little bloop (single) out of it. I thank God for that one.”