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UConn vs. Florida Postgame Quotes, 6/4/16

June 4, 2016

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UConn Post Game Quotes

Head Coach Jim Penders

Opening statement:

“You’ve got to tip your hat to Coach (Kevin) O’Sullivan and Florida. I thought they played a really good game. There’s a reason that they are where they are. They’re very fundamentally sound, and they really swung the bats very well tonight. They’ve got some exciting, young freshman players. They out-played us tonight, but I don’t think they out-competed us. I thought we competed very well, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’d like the outcome to be a little different, but Anthony Kay gave us everything that he had like he always does. I love the fight in our guys. You saw it in the ninth inning. You saw it with Devin Over finding a way to get a strikeout after Willy Yahn doesn’t make a play on the pop-up -- he picks up his teammate. You saw it in the ninth inning with Willy Yahn making two great plays to give us a chance to win the ballgame. It just didn’t work out tonight, but I thought we competed very hard.”

On how UConn responded to Florida offensively:

“I thought we responded really well. When they score, we want to score.  We did a good job of that in the fifth inning, and we did a good job of that in the third inning. I wish we could’ve done it again in the eighth. I love our fight. We don’t do anything the easy way at UConn. The last time we made the super regionals, we had to come through the loser’s bracket, so it’s nothing new to our program. We’ve got to find a way to win two ballgames tomorrow now and make it to Monday.”

#11 Senior First Baseman Bobby Melley

On what he thought of A.J. Puk:

“It was just like we expected it to be. We knew it was going to be firm with good velocity and a really good slider to go with it. We really wanted to try to work him to see if we could rattle him a little bit and get him a little wild. I thought we did a good job with him. We stuck with it, especially after they jumped out to the lead, and we came right back and got him out of that ballgame to tie it up. I’m proud of the way we fought with him.”

On what made Florida’s bullpen arms Dane Dunning and Shaun Anderson tough to hit:

“They had good life to their fastballs as well and good velocity coupled with their sliders and cutters. They mix that up, and they were picking their spots and their corners. They keep doing that, and I think that adds a little off-balance, and they did a good job with that.”