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No. 1 Western Carolina vs. No. 8 Furman - Post-Game Quotes

May 21, 2014

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No. 1 Western Carolina vs. No. 8 Furman
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, Charleston, S.C.

Western Carolina head coach Bobby Moranda
Overall thoughts on game
"We didn't play very well and you have to give a lot of credit to the pitcher from Furman (Matt Solter); he was outstanding. We made four errors and our pitcher made two errors in the first inning. He is one of the best fielders I've ever seen in 28 years of coaching. I've never seen that from him, throwing a pick away. You have to give Furman credit in the seventh for tacking on two more. We've got to play better tomorrow."

On outfielder Matt Smith's performance
"He has a hand cannon and he's 90 off the mound, too. The guy has a good arm and a very good athlete, young player and freshman. He had a great at-bat with 12 pitches late in the game. He made some great defensive plays."

On playing Georgia Southern tomorrow
"We are facing an outstanding pitcher tomorrow in (Sam) Howard. He is outstanding and they have a great team. It is going to be a dog fight. We will come to the park ready to go. We have to play a better brand of Catamount baseball tomorrow."

Furman head coach Ron Smith
On today's performance
"Matt Solter was just outstanding today on three days' rest. He really competed very well. We played clean defense and were able to scratch an early run across. The runs we got in the seventh inning were huge for us. We had a couple of early opportunities with runners on second base and less than two outs and we couldn't get them in, and I was afraid that was going to come back and haunt us."

"Our pitching was outstanding. Freshman Billy Greenfield came in and did an outstanding job, and I love to see the senior (Brant Masters) come in and do a great job for us closing it out. This was a huge win for us."