By Jacob Emert, sports reporter
Joe Manitply improved his record to 2-0 on the year after a dominating 6.2 innings of work over no. 4 Florida State. Mantiply allowed just one run and struck out seven.
Here is Mantiply:
On making his first home start of the year:
I was really excited. It was a big situation too. We won last night and had a tough first game and I was really excited to get on the mound.
On if there was any extra pressure following the game one loss:
There is always extra pressure but I just try to push that aside and not really think about that. I focus on what I need to do to get the job done.
On the difference between pitching on a Friday night and trying to close out a series:
Closing one out might be a little bigger because we really needed to win this series. They were ranked fourth in the nation and we needed to get back on track.
On when he could tell his stuff was working:
Right out of the ‘pen I knew I had my stuff today. I was throwing everything for a strike and it was all working.
On the extra importance on the series:
This week we had a team meeting. We didn’t play well against Miami or VMI so we just had to get everybody back on track and get everybody’s heads right so this is a huge series for us.
Andrew Rash went 5-12 in the series including three doubles between the two Saturday games. He also made two web-gems in the outfield.
Here is Rash:
On refocusing mindset this weekend:
We are way better than we’ve been playing. This game is fun, there is no point of putting more pressure on yourself. This was amazing. To take two of three from a team like this is awesome. We played hard; we played the way that Coach Hughes wants us to play.
On mentality after first game:
It’s kind of hard because at the same time you feel so good. You fight back and you’re one run away from tying that game up in the ninth and you get let down so quick, but at the same time you have to wash it. It’s kind of like making an error, you just have to wash it and move on. The mentality that we had going into the third game was unbelievable and I know we got our message across as leaders and older guys.
On difference between having success and struggling:
Playing loose and playing tight. Putting more pressure on yourself than you need to, and going out there having fun and just playing the game that we all love. Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves because we are playing in the ACC, we are playing the top guys in the country and you get tight and … that’s the difference. This weekend we played loose, that’s the difference.
Virginia Tech head coach Pete Hughes, who had not one a series since 2010, after Saturday’s doubleheader.
On Joe Mantiply’s performance:
You got a doubleheader. You got a crazy game where we didn’t get a great start game one and, boom we’re in our bullpen. That’s the worst case scenario with 18 innings is to get into your bullpen in the second inning …. To have Joe extend us and give us more than a quality start was mandatory and he was really good. His stuff was the best that I’ve seen this year so that was promising. And he’s healthy and such a competitor. He will compete without stuff and he had stuff today and everyone is more at ease when he is on the mound for us.
On reaction to the first loss:
I’m sick to my stomach. Sick to my stomach about it. It was 45 minutes between games; for 44 minutes I was sick to my stomach, which I really can’t let my team know exactly how I’m feeling but I’m sick to my stomach.
On team’s resiliency:
What a character builder for our guys. It’s definitely the only team I’ve ever coached in the ACC that’s come back from an 8-0 lead. That was awesome. Florida State goes up 8-0 on someone and it’s over.
Importance of ACC series win:
You always try and go out to win a series. We’re going to go home and say, ‘Man we should’ve swept them’. We need to go out and win a quality series and we beat a quality team. It’s what you have to do in our league and from day one that’s our goal. You have to play better in league and I thought we did that today. I think we did that this weekend …. That’s a sign of a mature team and it all predicated on a quality start.