June 6, 2010
Head Coach Steve Smith
"The decision that faced us going into the game was a pitching decision. We made the decision that we felt like would give us the best chance to play through to Monday. We were going to need Jon (Ringenberg) and (Josh) Turley both to give us some innings and to give us a win, and that'really what we got. I thought Josh's performance was just really special. He had a very similar outing to that a week ago at the Big 12 tournament. We found ourselves in our own tournament having already advanced to the championship after Friday, so last Saturday we got to play essentially a free game, which gave us an opportunity to give Jon a start. He hadn't had one in about two weeks. I really think moving forward in this thing is going to be significant. We're playing twice tomorrow, and that's going to be very challenging. We are as prepared for it as we can possibly be."
On how he viewed his team's performance:
"I didn't think we played very well today. I think we pitched it well. I think the park played big with the win blowing in. I think it was 0-for-15 combined before either team got a hit, so both sides (struggled early). I didn't think we took some really good at-bats in certain situations. Looking back on it now, I doubt anyone in the room thought (Max) Muncy was going to get the ball in play with two strikes (in the eighth inning), and that's the deciding factor in the game right there. I had us for four errors in the game, not that they could have all been scored errors. We can play better.
"There were certain parts of the lineup that took some good at-bats, but there were others (that did not). I was really curious to see what (Brooks) Pinckard was going to do when he went to the mound, because I saw what he had done at the plate and in center field. I think he struggled big-time (at the plate and in the field). He couldn't hit it and he couldn't catch it, so today he threw it. But that's the way baseball is."
On starting pitcher Jon Ringenberg's performance:
"They key is that so much of the game is dictated by the guy on the mound. Jon (Ringenberg) was really, really good both fastball and changeup, both sides of the plate. Honestly, I think the most important thing he was able to do was finish some guys with the fastball. If you're just constantly trying to finish guys away (with the changeup), this time of year guys aren't going to chase a lot. They're not going to give you a lot of outs. He made some pretty big pitches in with his fastball that I thought was really important."
On Max Muncy's two-run single:
"If you're in (Lamar's dugout), that's phenomenally frustrating. You've punched this guy out three times, this is the one time you really need to do it, and you leave a breaking ball a little up and he grounds it through the middle of the infield. In our dugout you're going, `Great. What a bounce-back at-bat.' It's a crazy game."
Senior Second Baseman Raynor Campbell
On his defensive gem early in the game:
"(The infield is) fast and its bouncy. I did get a good jump on the ball. He was a big left-handed hitter, so I was kind of shaded over in the hole already. I just got a good jump on it. If my glove was any shorter, I wasn't going to get to it. I ended up making the play, and Max (Muncy) ended up staying on the bag on that tough throw with that big guy coming down the line. It was a big-time play on his part also."
On his sliding catch in the eighth inning:
"I called for it really late. When it was first hit, I didn't know if Max (Muncy) was going to be able to get there or not. I saw him back peddling and not going to get there, so at that point I knew it was my ball. I just called for it late. My instincts told me to slide, and luckily I did slide because I was sliding for like five feet before the ball got to my glove."
On playing better defense after Friday's performance:
"Greg (Glime) was huge for us behind the plate, and he did a nice job of stopping (Lamar from running) early. We did make some big-time plays. We didn't have to make many great plays today, because Jon (Ringenberg) was down in the zone, Josh (Turley) was down in the zone and they weren't hitting it hard. They had a ton of flyouts, and those are just routine plays. Our pitchers did a good job today of helping the defense out."
On whether he'd be able to play another game due to the extreme heat:
"Oh yeah. This is my last go-around at this thing. I'll play three (games in a row). We'll be ready to play two tomorrow, for sure."
On regaining confidence with the win:
"We kind of lost our confidence, especially defensively the other day, but today I think we gained a little of that back. Tomorrow we're going to win our first win and we're going to win our second one, so we're going to have a lot of momentum. We have two of our better arms going (Sunday), so we're going to be coming to play."
Junior Right-Handed Pitcher Jon Ringenberg
On the effectiveness of changing speeds while pitching against Lamar:
"Everytime I go out and throw, that's what I focus on, just being able to spot and throw my fastball in and out and being able to throw my changeup to keep them off-balance. They were an aggressive swinging team today, and that almost worked to my advantage with being able to go out there and throw my changeup to keep them off-balance."
On the importance of his Big 12 tournament start last Saturday:
"That definitely helped. That's kind of what I worked on the last week, was just keeping the ball down. I did well there and took it into this game knowing that if I keep the ball down, hit my spots and use that changeup, I can get outs like that."
On the effectiveness of his changeup when ahead in the count:
"I can throw a lot of changeups first pitch. That helps being able to get that first strike with the changeup. Most guys aren't expecting that. It definitely helps if I can get that first strike over to be able to do pretty much anything in the rest of the count."
On the key to keeping sharp despite his limited starts:
"Really, it's just keeping the ball down. After not throwing for a while, my arm's been feeling pretty good the last few weeks. I think that's really just helped me to be able to keep the ball down and hit my spots. The last two games especially, I really feel I've been able to hit my spots well with both my changeup and my fastball."
Sophomore Third Baseman Joey Hainsfurther
On the team's mindset:
"I think it is one down, one to go, honestly. You have to win one at a time and I think that is our goal right now."
On today's game:
"(Jon) Ringenberg did an excellent job today and we were able to save some guys that we need to win games later on, so that was a great job on his part and I think we are sitting good as far as the pitching staff goes."
On Raynor Campbell's plays at second base:
"Those were unbelievable. He has been making great plays all year. It wasn't surprising to me at all. That is ESPN caliber right there."
On if the win gives the team more confidence:
"I don't know there is any confidence coming back from it. We had to win it. We didn't have any choice. It was either do or die and we came out with a win. We expected to win. We need to go into every game expecting to win and I think we will be alright. I think we go in expecting to win the next one and hopefully that one comes out like today's did."