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Quotes and Notes from Tech's Loss to Rice

Four Red Raiders make All-Tournament Team.

May 30, 1999

Quoting Rice:

Head Coach Wayne Graham
"That is as tough as it gets. There is no quit in Larry's team. Our kids did a good job with the bats early and Mario did it again on the mound. Fossum created problems for us. He pitched real tough and didn't allow many hits to fall in."

Shortstop Damon Thames
"Tech's comeback was a gut check. It forced our seniors and matured players to step up. The momentum shifted but we ended up on top. Obviously, we didn't want to lose the first game of the tournament. But , it forced us to pull together as a team. We believe we can do anything now."

Pitcher Jesse Kurtz-Nichol
"When you have a team with many seniors, you know what it takes to win. We have been to four regionals and it gave us experience in the situation. I was proud of our team this weekend. We didn't think for one minute we were going to lose. We want to go to the super regional and play our butts off and try to go to Omaha."

Quoting Texas Tech:

Head Coach Larry Hays
"I am proud of our team with the way we hung in there. I don't think I have ever been in a doubleheader where we left so many runners in scoring position. All it would have taken was one hit and today's outcome might have been different. I really hate this for our seniors. They have done a great job for us on and off the field. The amazing thing about this team is that they were down 12-0 but didn't quit. I attribute that to our senior and to the way they handle adversity. It was just too big of a lead. Clancy was outstanding tonight. He has had trouble with lefthanders all year but did a great job tonight. He stabilized our team and gave us a chance to come back."

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