March 5, 2011
Head Coach Steve Smith
On battling Utah pitcher Zach Adams:
"He's got a good arm. He was pitching at the top of the strike zone and we weren't laying off of it. It took him about an inning to get going. We got a pretty good break at the beginning on (Brooks) Pinckard's bunt and he wild pitched it a couple of times and Logan (Vick) hit his ball really well. After that he kind of settled down. He pitched extremely well and the guys that came in behind him and backed him up. To me, this was a game that was just a prime example of what the bats have done to change the game. This game was about a walk and not taking an out on second base on a sacrifice bunt. Those decisions that have been made in the past like that would have been erased by Vick's homerun that he would have hit with last year's bat. But it wasn't, so instead of winning 3-2 we lost 4-3. That's just how the game has changed. You've got to learn how to play the game."
On not taking the out at first base on a sacrifice bunt:
"You don't have to get the out at second base. If it's a no-doubter, then you take the out at second base. But that play was very much in doubt. It's a great play if you make it. But if you don't make it then it opens the door and that's what that play did. If you don't hit enough to cover that up then it can be the difference in the game."
On the performance of Trent Blank:
"(Utah) was making adjustments. He's the kind of pitcher that the more you see him the more you are going to get him. He doesn't have any one dominant pitch. He can pitch it a little bit and I thought he pitched pretty well. I would really like to know how he would have done if it didn't take 30 pitches to get through that 4th inning because of those decisions. It all adds up and that's what makes the game a game and it's a great game."
Sophomore LF Logan Vick
On his RBI triple:
"I was seeing the ball really well today. He was throwing a little bit of heat so I had to get my foot down a little bit quicker, which usually helps me out. I think (Zach Adams) had a good fastball and he was trying to throw it by me, so I was able to look for it and square it up and foul off the changeup he was throwing me. He finally threw one up over the plate and I was able to turn on it and it felt really good off the bat. I was just glad it finally got over someone's head in the outfield."
On hoping to get one more chance in the 9th:
"I was seeing the ball really well and was hoping for another chance to drive in a run. Even though I was seeing the ball really well today, I let one of those at-bats get away from me. But that's the game of baseball."
Freshman RHP Dillon Newman
On working out of a couple of jams:
"My mindset is to just put a zero on the board. My third baseman, Jake Miller, told me `no free walks.' That's my job. In high school I started in the first inning. Coming in the middle of the game like that, my job is to put zeros on the board."
On working out of jams:
"I usually have trouble with my first inning. Once I get out of my first inning I kind of find my comfort zone and I can start calming down and pounding the zone."