Feb. 21, 2010
Head Coach Steve Smith
On the weekend:
"We did play two good clubs. Obviously we are pleased to have won three out of four. It was a good start to the first part of the season. We have some things that we can improve on and learn from. It is always easier to teach and learn things after wins than it is after losses. We could have just as easily lost the game today as we won it. We will learn some things from it and move forward."
On Willie Kempf and the starting pitching:
"I thought all of our starting pitching really gave us a chance. Willie was no exception. We gave up a run early in the game. He was kind of his own worst enemy a couple of times on the pick-offs to first and that is obviously something that he will work on and get better at. He was in the strike zone with a lot of different stuff. Willie can pitch. He is a pitcher and that is what he did today. He kept his pitch count down. I think for this early in the year all of our guys are pushing themselves pretty good. We are getting pretty deep into games for this early in the year."
On the performance of the relief pitchers over the weekend:
"It is (an impressive start for the bullpen). We just need to throw strikes and keep the ball in the ballpark. That is kind of what we can control. We are going to give up some runs but we just need to throw strikes. I thought (Josh) Turley did a good job. Honestly I was curious because this was a big deal for him as a follow up. He went in there and handled it really well. That was very encouraging to see out of him."
On the play of Logan Vick:
"I really liked what I saw out of Logan. We are putting a true freshman up there in the leadoff spot. In three of the four games we faced left-handed starters. He had to see a lot of left handed pitching. He is not going to be a guy that is going to struggle left on left. He can hit and his makeup is off of the charts. He is going to be a really good player."
Senior RHP Willie Kempf
On the importance of starting 3-1::
"It does a world for the confidence of this team. We had a lot of confidence in ourselves coming into this weekend and to put up three wins against two quality opponents was big-time for us. That was exciting."
On his performance:
"I would like to think that I had decent stuff today. We made some unbelievable plays behind us today turning three double-plays. It is easy to pitch well whenever your defense is doing that for you. I was just trying to keep the offense in the game until they figured out (Chase Hawkins). He had good stuff and had our number for a few innings but our hitters got on board with him and scraped out some runs to pull it out."
Senior 3B Raynor Campbell
On the 3-1 start:
"It says everything that I have been talking about earlier this week -- we are going to play nine innings and we are going to play nine innings hard. When you can put that together you are going to win baseball games. If anybody was sitting in the stands this weekend, they saw a new Baylor baseball team this weekend -- that is what we are going to bring all year long."
On the sixth inning:
"It is huge for having quality at-bats and to put the ball in play. That puts pressure on the defense. Even if they are routine plays, that is baseball. You never know which way the ball is going to kick. Those two guys in the middle, (Kyle Farmer and Todd Hankins), were playing well all weekend but they are freshman. Once they made one error things started going downhill. They had some miscommunication and that is all us putting the ball in play and putting pressure on them. You can't strikeout and score runs."