Postgame Quotes

April 5, 2007

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Head Coach Steve Smith:

On Jeff Mandel's performance:

"I think early in the game he had good velocity as well as a really good slider. Both starting pitchers cut up the order the first time through. We punched out six of the first nine guys that went up to the plate, and Jeff was carving them up pretty well, too. He helped himself on the mound by getting off the mound and fielding some swinging bunts and stuff like that."

On pulling Mandel in favor of Nick Cassavechia in the top of the 9th:

"We started the inning against their nine-hole hitter, and then they have a right-hander at the top of the lineup. I figured they would pinch hit (for the two-hole hitters) and we'd see a bunch of left-handers, and I really didn't want Nick to have to come into the game with a couple of guys on and right in the middle of the order with a bunch of left-handers. I wanted to give Nick some slack in his chain."

On the infield defense:

"I was really proud of the way the young guys played. They turned a couple of double plays. Shaver (Hansen) made a couple of plays at shortstop throwing the ball across the infield; he looked very good defensively. They run really well, so the infielders don't have much room for error even on a routine play."

On getting a conference win after being swept last weekend:

"With these young guys it's just a one-game-at-a-time situation. It's tough with some of the stuff they've gone through just having to learn on the job and things like that. Then you see arguably your best player (Beamer Weems) pull a hamstring running to first on a ground ball to shortstop, and in a Tuesday game, and that's just kind of a kick in the gut. Nobody in the league is going to feel sorry for us, so we've got to show up and play. We got great pitching tonight, we got some timely hits and that'll win you some baseball games."




Baylor senior starting pitcher Jeff Mandel:

On his performance:

"I felt pretty fresh the whole game. I didn't have to throw too many pitches, and coming off of five days' rest I really just needed to try to throw strikes. My slider was working really well. I was throwing it for strikes, and that gets guys on their toes so I can try to get them to chase it."

On the team's defense:

"Shaver (Hansen) picked it up big time up the middle on some double play balls. Tim Jackson was getting balls on the line and digging everything, and even Booker made a great play down the line at the beginning of an inning, so the defense was great."

On his strategy facing Oklahoma's hitters:

"We knew they were some free-swingers, so we were just trying to keep it around the zone until we got to two strikes and then we could try to get them to chase some stuff."


Baylor freshman infielder Raynor Campbell:

On Jeff Mandel's performance:

"Jeff pitched great coming back from that OSU outing. He put that behind him, and that was big. He's really good at the mental part of the pitching game, and he pitched great today."

On Oklahoma starting pitcher Stephen Porlier:

"Their guy did really well. He was throwing all three of his pitches for strikes, throwing curveballs to lefties and righties and his changeup kept us off balance. Personally, I don't think they should've taken him out when they did."

On his 7th-inning home run:

"I looked at the report and it said he throws first pitch fastballs straight at 90-94, so I thought that's what I'd look for on the first pitch. I just reacted on the location, but I was looking dead-red fastball, and I got it and hit it well."

On the experience the freshman are gaining:

"We've gotten some series under our belts and we're starting to get some of that nervousness off. I think it's rubbing off on some of the other freshman that aren't doing as well. Aaron (Miller) did a great job of coming through with that double to give us a run. We're putting good swings on some pitches, and we just need to keep doing that."

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