March 1, 2013
Baylor Head Coach Steve Smith
On Dillon Newman's performance:
"The thing he's been consistent with is throwing strikes. I don't think he's walked a guy to this point, which on our staff, makes him pretty special. Today was good, today was sharp. He had secondary stuff to go on with fastball command. I thought he pitched well and we played well behind him. It was just that kind of game."
On Newman's changeup being his go-to secondary pitch:
"Both his slider and changeup [are his go-to secondary pitches]. He showed up [to Baylor] with a pretty special change. It's an unusual change, one that I'm sure other times might go back to the dugout and call it a split. In years past, it's been so effective for him and he falls in love with it a lot. I think what [pitching coach] Trevor [Mote] is really trying to get him to do is really not rely on it so much, to keep it fresh. It's a good pitch for him. He threw some cutters and breaking balls to go along with the change."
On taking advantage of California's miscues:
"We got some balls to the backstop and a couple big hits. The triples helped, they played their infield in a couple times and we put it past them. When you roll the dice sometimes like that you can turn some big innings."
Baylor starting pitcher Dillon Newman
On how he felt today:
"I'd say I had all five pitches working for me. I was just filling up the zone and giving my team a chance to compete. That was the most comfortable I've felt on the mound this year."
On his progress this season:
"I'd say I've been trying to get comfortable with the starting role. The two years I've been here I've come in out of the pen, so I'm taking on this role."
On his changeup:
"My change is by far my best pitch. We try to stay away from it early in the game so it can be more effective later in the game."