March 7, 2010
Head Coach Steve Smith
On today's win:
"The guys played hard and I thought offensively we hung in there. We didn't get a lot going early in the ballgame. They had a left-hander (Mark Guest) that was changing speeds a lot and had us going, but we hung in there and got the big inning. The biggest thing was trying to get into their bullpen a little bit. ORU is down a little bit right now - pitching wise - but we have to hit against what's out there. At the end of the game I looked out there and it was almost like watching a junior varsity team on the field. We had a freshman at third base, shortstop, first base, catching, and left field. It was really kind of something to see. These are young guys that are learning how to win and learning how to compete at this level."
On the performance of Jon Ringenberg:
"It was OK for a first outing. He didn't have fastball command. John has an outstanding changeup but you just have to be able to throw a fastball at this level of the game where you want to throw it a very high percentage of times. If you can, then you don't have to have a whole lot else. For a right-handed pitcher, he's probably got one of the best changeups around, but he's got to be able to locate his fastball. It is a skill that you have to be able to master, but it was his first time out there so we'll cut him a little bit of slack from that standpoint."
On the performance of Raynor Campbell:
"It's great to see. It's not terribly unusual to see a guy come back his senior year and perform really well, but it's not automatic either. You have to tip your hat and give him credit for all the adjustments he has made and how he's stayed with it. He's playing at a very high level right now. Raynor didn't just have a great couple of days in this series - he had an outstanding week."
Senior second-baseman Raynor Campbell:
On winning the game:
"We were definitely coming off a tough stretch with the losses, and yesterday was a huge day for us with the two wins and rebuilt our confidence. Even today we were down early but didn't give up and kept fighting, and we came out with the win."
On his performance this week:
"It just seems like I'm on everything right now. It doesn't matter what they're going to throw up there, it seems like I'm going to see it. I know if it's going to be a ball or a strike right out of (the pitcher's) hand and I'm feeling really good at the plate."
On dealing with adversity:
"Last year was a really tough year for me. I dealt with a lot of adversity and struggled mightily at times. It's just a product of hard work and not giving up on yourself and coming out here knowing that you're able to do it every day. This year has definitely been a lot more fun than last year and hopefully I can keep this up."
Freshman LHP Josh Turley
On coming into an important part of the game:
"The coaches have been trying to get me into relief situations all season. I have to earn my stay before I can actually start, which is fine with me. We have a great team out there. I knew it was going to be a close game and they (Oral Roberts) have a great team as well. The guys just didn't want to quit. We were going to play until the last out was made. I respect that and I respect this team. My role out there is just to throw strikes and get ahead of batters and get outs. That's what I was trying to accomplish and we did a good job as a team today. "
On getting a chance to go back out and preserve a lead:
"I was pumped. To tell you the truth I was getting worried when we gave up three runs in a big spot there. But I knew the team had my back and they did a great job."