Tim Jamieson Meets Media in Hoover

<i>Tim Jamieson met with the media.</i>

Tim Jamieson met with the media.

May 20, 2013

HOOVER, Ala. - As the Mizzou baseball team prepares for its SEC Tournament first round matchup with fifth-seeded Mississippi State, Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson took time to meet with reporters on Monday. Mississippi State head coach John Cohen also met with reporters to talk about the first-round matchup and the history between the two coaches - Cohen was a former assistant at Mizzou under Jamieson and former head coach Gene McArtor. Below are each coach's quotes from the press conference.

2013 SEC Tournament Conference Call Quotes
Monday, May 20, 2013
Mizzou Head Coach Tim Jamieson

On playing in his first SEC Tournament...
"Well we are excited to be here just to continue to play. First year in the SEC with a chance to play in the Tournament and it is a great opportunity for our guys. We have struggled most of the year, but we are playing better lately. We're obviously just excited about having the opportunity to see what this is all about."

On facing current Mississippi State head coach and former Mizzou assistant John Cohen...
"I am looking forward to it. John and I didn't get a chance to compete against each other this year - we didn't play Mississippi State in the regular season. It was going to happen sooner or later, but by next year's scheduled they get to come to Columbia. It was something that was going to happen eventually and I'm looking forward to it - I'm anxious to see John's reaction more than anything.

On being able to start junior ace Rob Zastryzny...
"We're still going to have to score runs and that has been our biggest issue. Rob has been great for his entire career at our place. He is going to be a high draft at the end of the year and he has a good professional career ahead of him and he'll compete and do fine, but we have to score runs.



On facing Mississippi State in the first round after not playing it in the regular season...
"Well I think it is always going to be about us trying to get some scouting reports on them. But I think it is kind of interesting because you go into it not having played before and it is a lot more intriguing than having played each other three times and knowing a lot more about each other. So it's a matchup that you just go out there and try and play your best because you really don't know what to expect.

On Vanderbilt and LSU...
"I think defensively they are both outstanding clubs and they are both very deep on the pitching side of it and have great No. 1 and No .2 starters. Offensively, when we played LSU at our place they were dangerous offensively and very opportunistic. When we played Vanderbilt, we couldn't get them out. A lot of that has to do with who you play and when they play them, but I thought both teams were very evenly matched and obviously, being SEC biased now, I would be surprised if those two teams, assuming that they are on opposite brackets, aren't playing for a national championship."

On drawing from last year's Big 12 Championship run...
"Most of the guys that can draw from it are on the pitching staff - we have been playing seven first-year players in our lineup most of the year, but I think there are enough guys that can draw from it. You get a chance to play a little bit better at the end of the year like we did and get into the tournament - win the first game and you never know what can happen. That's the intriguing thing about this tournament with the first day being the way that it is, you obviously have to win the first day, especially for us because we have to keep winning to keep playing.

On Rob Zastryzny getting extra rest...
"It actually started two weekends ago at Alabama - Rob had some back spasms for about three weeks that he was fighting, so we gave him a couple of extra days and he pitched on Sunday against Alabama which meant he wasn't going to be ready to throw Thursday or Friday to pitch against Kentucky. Once we found out we were in, we skipped throwing him on Saturday because we knew our only chances to keep playing were to win on Tuesday."

Mississippi State Head Coach John Cohen

On facing Mizzou...
"Certainly, the thing that is in front of us right now is a really solid Missouri club that is resurgent a little bit in the last few weeks. Just looking at their stuff and looking at the left-hander (Zastryzny) that we are going to face, he is going to be a really tough challenge for us. I have heard from several sources that he is the type of kid that could end up in the first five rounds. He did not pitch last weekend and we are going to have to prepare for him."

On facing Rob Zastryzny...
"I think he is very capable. We are gathering as much information as quickly as we possibly can and it is something that we will go over this afternoon and tomorrow. It helps us that we are playing a night game that enables us to get more and more information since this is a team that we haven't played nor do we know much about them, but we will. I wish I could comment a bit more about that. But I do know this; from the folks I have talked to so far he is very capable of running through innings. He is a guy that can get the swing and miss and he is a guy that is their prospect and he is the real deal. If we aren't ready for him, he is the type of guy that can beat you."

On his relationship with Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson...
"I know this; I know that it is no shock that Tim's club plays well in the postseason because he and his staff do such a great job. I consider Tim to be one of my closest friends. I've learned so much from him having been with him at Missouri and again, it is no surprise that his teams do well in the postseason because he is such a good postseason coach."

Mizzou and Mississippi State meet in game four of the SEC Tournament at approximately 8 p.m. tomorrow night at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The game will air live on KTGR and ESPN3 and CSS. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.

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