Dave Bush Q & A On TheACC.com

May 23, 2001

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player Dave Bush of Wake Forest stopped by at to discuss the Demon Deacons chances in the upcoming NCAA Baseball Tournament.

Bush, a junior relief pitcher, appeared in four out of the five games for Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament. He did not allow a run in 8.1 innings, recording a 1-0 record with two saves.

The native of Devon, Pa., enters the NCAA Tournament on a roll. He has allowed just two earned runs in 21.2 innings since April 18. Bush leads the ACC in saves (15), appearances (39) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.6) and is second nationally in saves as of May 21.

Bush, a first-team All-ACC selection, doesn't fit the traditional mold of a closer. Several times this season, Bush has been called upon in the seventh, or even the sixth inning to come on in relief for the Deacs. He is Wake Forest's all-time leader in saves (24) and appearances (109). Wake Forest (41-16) is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Deacons open the tournament against Tennessee Tech in Knoxville on Friday.

The following is Dave Bush's Q&A from Thursday:

Dave Bush wasn't able to make it by the live chat at 2:30, but he did stop by and answer some of the questions fans had submitted. Be sure to check out the ACC Tournament MVP's answers below.

Aaron: How far do you think you can go?

ForestDave Bush: We have a pretty good team this year. Winning the tournament reinforced it. We have a pretty good draw in the NCAA Tournament. It will be tough, but this is probably the best shot we have of going to Omaha in the three years I have been here.

Omaha: Hey Dave I live in Omaha, Nebraska, and I'm looking forward to seeing you here. I just wanted to know what you do to mentally prepare for a game?

ForestDave Bush: My role is a little different. Before the game I do some throwing and running. I relax and enjoy the game. By the sixth and seventh inning I know it is my time to start preparing physically and mentally to get ready for the game. I get more serious.

Gary Mull, Morganton: David, What is the secret for your amazing arm strength? Best of luck. See you in Knoxville.

ForestDave Bush: I think the one thing that has helped me is throwing long toss. I throw long toss every day. If I do my long toss every day it keeps my arm strong and keeps it from getting hurt.

Clint Dawg (Thermopolis, WY): Dave, Can you tell us what you know about Tennessee Tech? What are their strengths? Weaknesses?

ForestDave Bush: To be honest with you, I don't know a whole lot. They have to be pretty strong since they won their conference tournament. As everyone knows if a team is in a regional they can win it. We can't be too over confident if we want to come out on top.

S. Deacota (Sioux Falls): Dave, When you originally enrolled at Wake Forest did you foresee yourself as a closer? If not, what type of mentality do you find is different as oppossed to pitching as a starter? Congrats to you and the Deacs for a great season, and best of luck in the tournament!

ForestDave Bush: When I came to school I was a catcher. I closed a little bit in high school, but not more than 10 innings. It was more of a learn on the job routine for me.

Tim (Mebane, NC): Dave Bush, what has been the key to success for the Deacons in 2001?

ForestDave Bush: I think the biggest thing has been going out and playing our game. As long as we go out and play as well as we can, without putting pressure on ourselves, we will do well.

Ben, Greensboro: Dave Bush - Do you think we will see the return of Scott Siemon this weekend in Knoxville?

ForestDave Bush: He is back healthy again. It is going to depend how the games play out. If the situation provides for it, you will see Scott this weekend.



NCAA Tennis Gear