March 4, 2012
Baylor Head Coach Steve Smith
On the first inning:
"The first inning, there are a lot of parts to it that bother me in terms of how it was going. But really, if we just play the game the rest of the way, we come back. The guys played hard on the offense. We didn't get a lot of hits. We couldn't get a big hit, but we got a bunch of walks. Hopefully we can mature some and just play the game a little cleaner. We just didn't play it very cleanly."
On what he said to Brad Kuntz when he visited the mound:
"That's the first time I've gone out this year without just going out to make the change. And some kids respond to a little kick in the butt. Some don't. It's never a lack of trying out there, it's usually trying too hard and not being able to relax and perform. It's getting tense and uptight. Probably when I go out there it doesn't do anything to help that."
On having the winning run on base in the ninth:
"We're a ball in the gap away from winning it, which I was really hoping to see. I wanted to see (Josh) Michalec run. And you don't like to lose a game taking a called third strike. I don't care what the pitch is, you don't do it. And again, that's another example of losing the mental game. We lost it between the ears today."
On Michael Howard:
"Michael Howard plays the game. Michael Howard goes first to third on a swinging bunt in the infield. I don't think I can remember in 18 years seeing anybody do it, much less somebody that just showed up. But some guys know how to play, they've played baseball and they just play. I wish we had more of them."
On the bullpen keeping the team in the game:
"They did. That's exactly what they did. It could have been even better without those two (miscues). We put Miles (Landry) in a tough spot. He gets out of it, but he has the balk. And Crayton (Bare) - he's going to get out of it, too. Just play catch. But you don't get mulligans. It's not that kind of a game."
On his plan for Tuesday and Wednesday:
"I don't know what we'll start with on Tuesday right now. I've got an idea, but whoever starts it won't finish it. They'll need some help. It would be nice if (Tyler) Bremer was back. We finally might be able to throw Austin Stone and even Michael (Howard) will probably get some work this week."
Senior C Josh Ludy
On impact of Lamar's five-run first inning:
"We definitely had a bad first inning execution-wise. We didn't get it done there. Luckily, we overcame it for a few innings there, but it had a big impact on the game right away."
On the ability of the offense to chip away at the Lamar lead:
"We feel our offense is good enough to come back from anything. That's how you do it. You just get a couple of runs here and there, and luckily we were able to do that. It just wasn't enough."
On being within one hit of winning the game:
"Anytime you're in a situation like that, one big hit and you're right back on top. We always feel like we're never out of it. We definitely had a chance to come back and win it."
On impact of Baylor bullpen:
"They did a great job again tonight. We had a couple of miscues that gave up a run here and there, but they've done an outstanding job all year for us, especially when our starters haven't been going deep into games lately."
Freshman OF Michael Howard
On going first to third on an infield hit:
"I got a pretty good lead coming off of first, and I saw the shortstop and third baseman crash to the ball, but no one was going to cover, so I got a pretty good turn and pretty good read on that. I've always been told to go as hard as you can until they stop you, and that's what I did. They didn't stop me from going to third, so I just took it from them."
On the impact of an early 5-0 deficit against Lamar:
"It's difficult to give up five runs in the first inning. It's tough to come back from that, but we have a strong team and we do a lot of things well. We can really hit, so I have a lot of confidence in our team, knowing that we have the ability to come back and score runs. We had to stay in the game and that's what we did. We didn't let it get too far away from us, we didn't zone out, and we played hard the whole time."
On trying to complete the comeback against Lamar:
"We all have a lot of confidence in each other. I think that's one of our biggest strengths. We all feel for each other, we all have our trust in each other, and we all hold ourselves accountable. Just taking good at-bats is the main thing, and that's what we do late in the game."