JU vs. Sacred Heart - Post game quotes

June 3, 2006

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ATHENS, Ga. - Sacred Heart Head Coach Nick Giaquinto:

"This is going to be a little tough. Our season is over. It was a great season for us. We made some strides and we are going to continue to get better. My guys have a lot to be proud of, especially an NEC Championship. I want to congratulate Jacksonville on a great game they played today. It was a hard fought contest, and I'm just proud of my guys."

"We are actually the first male sport (from Sacred Heart) to go to a regional. We had our women's basketball team go this year, women's soccer went a couple years ago, and field hockey went this year too."

(On Dan Garcia's pinch hit home run): "That was tremendous. Dan has a lot of power. We were hoping he would be up the inning before with a couple of guys on base, but it didn't work that way. Our number nine guy was up, so if we were going to give Dan a shot, I said `Let's do it right now,' and we got him in there and he made the most of his opportunity."

Sacred Heart senior Dan Garcia:
(On hitting a home run): "In junior college I had a few home runs but that was actually my first one of this year."

Sacred Heart second baseman Jason Maiella:
(On making a comeback late in the game): "We've been like that all season. We've been down before, but coach always preaches to us that good teams score late. That's been our bread and butter right there. We're never down and when we see those seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, we know its time to kick it up a notch."

Jacksonville Head Coach Terry Alexander:
"Today was a game of survival.  We embarrassed ourselves yesterday.  Certainly, everyone wanted to come out and play today.  It looked like we pressed early on and tried to do too much.  We needed a big performance from our pitcher to hold it until we got our feet back under us and get our bats going - that's exactly what we got from D.J. (Ackley) today."

(On D.J. Ackley's performance):  "D.J. was terrific today.  He held them down and gave our guys a chance to loosen-up and play a little better baseball."

Jacksonville pitcher D.J. Ackley
"I tried hitting my spots and mixing it up as much as possible today.  I was pretty much just throwing combinations of fastballs and curveballs - trying to pitch backwards.  I had my curve ball going pretty good today, especially after the second or third inning when I started to settle in.  I tried to start off with breaking balls and follow-up with fastballs in strikeout situations."