Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Christiani lifts Vandy past Hilltoppers

Junior Nick Christiani gave up one run on five hits in 6.2 innings while striking out six and walking three to lead the Commodores (20-10, 5-6 SEC) past Western Kentucky 5-1 Tuesday night at Hawkins Field. David Macias went 4-for-5 and Dominic de la remained locked in, finishing 3-for-5, to pace the offense.

After the game, Christiani sat down with The Sports VU to talk a little about his performance.

Sports VU: How important was it to come out tonight and make a statement after losing three over the weekend?
Nick Christiani: Any time you get swept, you come out the next game and you’ve still got that feeling a little bit from the weekend so it was good to hit well, to pitch well and play good defense. It was a good win…I had that one inning where I lost it a little bit, but I just tried to throw strikes and let our defense make plays.

SV: What was working well for you?
NC: I was able to throw my off-speed pitches for strikes. I started throwing the curve ball in, and sliders and changeups, and locating the fastball too, but keeping hitters off balance with the off-speed was great.

SV: For you individually, what your goals going forward?
NC: I just want to be consistent and know that I can go out there and give a good outing every single time and help the team.

SV: With some of the younger pitchers struggling somewhat recently, what advice have you given them being a junior who has gone through it all?
NC: It’s more of a resilience and mentality thing, just going out there and competing your nuts off.

SV: Confident the staff will get the point that it needs to be at for you guys to achieve your goals?
NC: I think we’re going to click sooner or later and be really good. We’ve got a talented staff.

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