May 21, 2008
Baylor head coach Steve Smith:
On the Baylor pitching:
"For us it all started on the mound, and Shawn (Tolleson) gave us a really good performance. (He had) very good command, kept his fastball down and didn't make very many mistakes at all. He gave up a two strike hit and followed it up with a walk or a hit batter, and they were able to create some offense there and get a couple of runs on the board. He pitched really well, and that was as important for us as anything."
On the offense scoring 10 runs:
"The guys just did a great job at the plate. Nebraska threw a bunch of really good arms at us, and while we didn't get a ton of hits - you're not usually going to get a ton of hits against those kinds of arms - we did get some free bases, and we got some timely hits. The big hit in the game was when they chose to take a gamble and play the infield in with the bases loaded, and that's a gamble. Shaver's (Hansen) bounding ball gets over the first baseman and cleared the bases, and then they had to play again after that and (Adam) Hornung got one to go through on the right side. Those two balls weren't well struck. They were just situations where we put the ball in play and got the benefit out of it."
On the team's performance:
"Our guys were relaxed and took good at bats. It looked like a pretty confident, pretty mature group of guys. Ben (Booker) says we did, but we didn't play a flawless game because he didn't get the bunt down. But, the next couple of times up he got a base hit to load the bases before Shaver did what he did, and then he absolutely scolded that ball of the right field fence after they had answered. They were back in the game; they've still got outs to play with. That was as big as anything. We got off to a good start, they responded, and then we responded. We didn't shut it down; we played the game all the way from start to finish."
Baylor freshman RHP Shawn Tolleson:
On his performance:
"Early in the game I was able to get good command of my pitches. I was getting my fastball down in the zone. They were hitting a lot of ground balls and infield pop ups. Later in the game I struggled a bit with control, but luckily I was able to get a few outs."
On bouncing back from a rough outing against Nebraska earlier this season:
"I definitely wanted to go out there and have a good outing. It is kind of hard to go out there and do worse than I did last time, so it wasn't too hard to do a little better."
Baylor sophomore 3B Shaver Hansen:
On hitting cleanup for the first time all season:
"I like it when people are on base, especially with less than two outs. It seems really simple to put the ball in play and get those guys in."
On facing Nebraska's pitchers:
"We really wanted to go up there and be aggressive and to be ready to jump on that first pitch fastball if they were throwing it. The lefty (Dan) Jennings that threw today, we saw him in relief during the Big 12 games that we had during the year, and he had a pretty good slider, so being able to attack his fastball was important for us. We all went out there with a do or die attitude and we got it done."
On the intensity of the Big 12 Championship:
"I'm sure it will be the same as it was last night. It is intense. We are gunning for everybody because we know we can win; we think we can win. We are happy that we won, but we know that we have another good to team to face, and another good team after that. We have to take it one game at a time, one pitch at a time. It is pretty intense because we need to play our best ball and we know it."
Baylor junior LF Ben Booker:
On today's game:
"After our last game at (Texas) Tech, we knew that we had to come out and bring our `A' game to win this thing and do what we want to do. This is a new start for us. We need to play every game like we did today. This was the `A' team that we brought today, and most of the year we really haven't brought that. Everyone knows now what we are expected to do, so we just need to bring that game out again tomorrow."
On the team playing well:
"We have to (win) or we are not going to play anymore. We have been telling each other that for the last three weeks, but it hasn't really clicked. I don't really know what the problems have been, but today on the field you could tell it was a different team. We drew walks, we situational hit, we pitched well, and there were no flaws in the game today, so that is what we need to do (Friday)."