March 26, 2011
Head Coach Steve Smith
On the performance of the team today:
"On the whole I thought (we weren't) bad. I thought their guy was really good from the mound, which made it very important for (Josh) Turley to just keep us in the game. We finally got something going to get the game tied but they had opportunities to get the lead off of Josh, (Turley) but they weren't able to and that was important. I thought that early in the game we weren't in as good of a position as we should have been defensively. The balls that we were getting to yesterday we weren't able to get to today, but obviously this game was just about one inning and that is disappointing, but that is baseball."
On Josh Turley's performance:
"I liked (Turley's performance) a ton. He gave us seven innings with less than 100 pitches and our game was tied 3-3. He made maybe the best defensive play I have ever seen by a pitcher today on a drag bunt in the sixth inning. The only guy I think could have made that play in the big leagues was Mike Hampton and he used to make those sliding plays, but I don't know if he makes that one. Turley threw that ball blind and right on the money and it was just a great play."
On Baylor's rally in the sixth:
"He finally just ran out of a little bit of gas. We are talking about a guy who was throwing upper 80's lower 90's with a lot of sink. He was just a good pitcher and guys were able just to hang in there. Josh (Turley) kept it close and we got some hits when we needed to. Right there in the game all we needed to do was find us a guy who could get us three outs."
Sophomore LHP Josh Turley
On his performance today:
"There were some instances where I could locate pretty well and others not so much. I was just trying to limit the damage as much as possible. They had three one-run innings, which doesn't seem too bad. But they hit the ball well and I was just trying to make my pitches and let my defense do the rest."
On not allowing a huge inning:
"As a pitcher, limiting the damage is probably the best thing you can do. You know they are going to have innings where they score a few runs, but it is just a matter of how you handle it. If you can go back out there the next inning and pump the strike zone and put up a few zeros, that is your job and I think that is what I tried to do today."
Sophomore 3B Jake Miller
On his confidence at the plate:
"Today I was just looking to see his slider. Typically I like to hit off lefty's a lot more. Just as a team we were squaring balls up and not getting them to fall. We were just trying to grind it out pitch by pitch. He didn't really do anything special. He threw strikes down in the zone. If we could have had a few fall our way it probably could have changed the game but he pitched well. I feel like, as a team, in the box we competed and battled. We didn't get as many runs as we would have hoped to, but we are all pretty comfortable in the box right now. "
On the mindset of the team never being out of a game:
"Well for us it doesn't matter if we are up ten or down ten, we want to put up as many numbers as we can. With five walk-off hits, when we are down in the eighth and the ninth, it's not as big of a burden on our shoulders because we have come back five times already this year."