bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the Oregon series.
Brian Green: We got two good starting performances again out of [Riley] Barr and [Matt] Loeffler. That gives us a lot of reason to hope especially as we move into a three game series. Any time you play a four-game series that can stretch you a little thin. I know we’re looking forward to that. I was really happy to see [Quinnton] Mack and the way he swung the bat. It looks like he may be coming. He had a 4-for-4 day at Oregon and any time you can raise your average that much in that type of ballpark and that type of pitching. [Brent] Hermanussen is playing well, [Derek] Umphres is playing outstanding defense. Those were certainly the bright spots. This week with the three games and practice that we have, it’s really important that we get back to going after the identity of the team we want to be and that’s a team that loves to compete. I think we’ve faced some stiff competition and our guys have handled it okay but I know that we’re certainly ready to come home and come into the new ballpark and play a three game set at home. I think all the guys are anxious and ready to do that.
bc.net: You had three pretty competitive games against Oregon with the exception of the third game. What kind of progress and growth are you seeing from your team?
BG: We’ve been in a lot of games. It’s very cyclical. The hitting right now is feeding a little off of the bullpen and vice-versa and the competitive spirit has been pretty good. It hasn’t been great but it’s been pretty good. We played good defense and for the most part we’ve gotten pretty good starting pitching. We just haven’t had that belief that we’re absolutely going to do this, that we’re going to go on the road and beat a Top 20 team. There’s a lot of reason to be optimistic with our guys. We’re facing that type of competition, we expect to play with those guys, we expect to go in and compete for wins. At least when you look at it if we can put together two more innings or one more inning a game, a pitch here, a pitch there, an execution here or an execution there you’re looking at a completely different start to your season. I think that gives them some reason for optimism. Continue Reading This Post >>