June 3, 2011
Oklahoma vs. Dallas Baptist
June 3, 2011
Final: Dallas Baptist 3, Oklahoma 2
Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner
On Jason Krizan coming through in extra innings
"He has obviously made a name for himself as a doubles hitter. He can really drive the ball, but I think the thing that makes him such a dangerous hitter is the fact that you can’t strike him out. He has walked more than he has struck out in his career and there is nobody else that I would rather have up in that situation than him, because you know he is going to put the ball in play. Even on a tough pitch like that, he was going to put pressure on the defense and that’s what he did there."
On playing a tough schedule
“I think it definitely paid off for us. Our guys are familiar playing in a big environment and in front of large crowds. Especially in this regional, the comfort of playing in this stadium earlier in the year is great. Jason [Krizan] has played here four times in his career and we have played Oklahoma many times. To play in this kind of environment and have success against these teams is also helpful. Brandon [Williamson] faced Oklahoma earlier this season, so he knew about that lineup and the kind of hitters they have, so we had a plan set up against them going in. I think that gives our guys confidence going in to know that if we do things right, we are going to have a chance."
On bringing Chris Haney in to close the game
“We definitely talked about leaving Brandon in, but Chris has been our closer all year. It’s pretty much automatic that if we take a lead going into the last inning, we are going to bring him in to close it down. He’s been doing a great job with that for us throughout the year. We just stuck with our game plan and gave the ball to him.”
Dallas Baptist senior outfielder Jason Krizan
On his final at-bat
"Going into the at-bat, they brought in a lefty to start the inning and I was looking for a breaking ball, because I hadn’t seen a lot of fastballs over the plate during the game. Once I got to two strikes, I just started thinking that if anything came close, I was going to have to put it in play."
Dallas Baptist senior pitcher Brandon Williamson
On getting the call against DBU’s big games
“I’m honored that my team has that kind of faith in me. You put the work in all year long and now its time to go out there and go to work with the things you practiced. Through all the bullpens and film sessions and the work that we put in, it really helped us execute today."
On his performance against the Sooners
"We had a good game plan today. It’s always nice to see a team the second time around. There is no doubt that they have great hitters, we just played great defense today and our hitters got the runs when we needed them. Honestly, they have great hitters. We just had the better plan today."
Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway
On his team’s opening-game loss
“It’s a disappointing loss for us. I thought Dallas Baptist played really well and clearly had clutch hits late when they needed to. We know the pitch we’ve called out of the dugout and the three runs were on pitches that basically needed to be on the other side of the plate. Our pitching held them to three, but clearly needed to hold them to less. It seems like the time you do miss your spot is when they do get the hit to score runs.”
On his team’s offensive struggles
“Our number is five. If we can score five, we’ve got a great chance for a victory. Our players understand that. We’re something like 35-2 when we’ve scored at least five runs. Today is clearly another example of that. We just leave runners stranded over and over again. It puts too much pressure on our pitching, on our bullpen and our starters. We never can relax throughout the game. I think it’s just too much to overcome. We’re going to have to score if we want to rally and continue to play in the NCAA tournament.”
On why his team hasn’t been able to score runs
“We haven’t scored more than five runs in like seven, eight or nine games. It’s beyond frustration. We’re just trying to manufacture runs. We had a runner at second base with two strikes on a hitter. They throw us a soft breaking ball and it’s a borderline strike call. It’s called a ball, but it’s clearly a ball we should have hit to the right side. If you offer at that pitch as a right-handed hitter, you move the runner up to third and the next guy would have scored our runner from third. We took that pitch and turn around and get jammed and popped the ball up to the infield. Those are the things we did really well last year that we aren’t doing this year.”
Oklahoma junior catcher Tyler Ogle
On struggling to hit DBU starter Brandon Williamson
“He’s able to throw everything for a strike. He was getting ahead of hitters and we were fouling off pitches.”
On the team’s offensive struggles wearing on them
“It’s been tough. We do a lot in the cages to get ready for the game. It hasn’t seemed to come around for us yet. Hopefully, we can try to fix it for these next couple of games.”
Oklahoma senior pitcher Michael Rocha
On needing to get outs when his team is struggling offensively
“Nothing really changes for us. Our goal, every inning, is to get ahead of batters. Starting with the first batter, we want to get him out and it goes from there. The scoreboard should never dictate how we’re pitching certain batters and how we have to get outs. There’s really no change there.”