TCU-Oral Roberts Postgame Quotes

June 3, 2011

TCU vs. Oral Roberts
June 3, 2011
Attendance: 3,276
Final: TCU 10, Oral Roberts 2

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle
Opening statement
“It was a great night for TCU. Other than the last inning, this was the most well played game by us all year. From our starting pitching to our defense and competitive at-bats, I was really proud of our team. I felt like we competed through every at-bat, no matter the score of the game. I thought the crowd was great and in to it. It seemed like everything seemed to go our way. We had at least five hits with two outs and the guys did a good job when we need runs to be batted in. The one chance that they had to get back in it was when Brance [Rivera} made the catch at the wall and double the guy off first base. It really took the wind out of their sails and we came back to score three runs. That right there was the end of the day.”
On Andrew Mitchell
“I would say that considering the circumstances, this was probably his best performance of the year. His start at Baylor, his first start of the year, on the road, was pretty good too. I thought he set the tone early in the first inning. We haven’t seen that kind of velocity from him in a couple of weeks, between 92-94, and strike after strike. With my freshman pitchers in the past, including Winkler and Purke, you know they have the stuff to do well, you just want to get them through the first inning. I also thought he did a great job of playing his position in the first inning. He is a good athlete.”
On the TCU offense not trying to do too much at the plate
“That’s what we try to do everytime. We have some power on this team and we will get pull-happy and hit a lot of fly balls. I’d like to say we told them something different before the game than we have all year, but we really didn’t do that. With a pitcher that keeps the ball down, we really try to tell our guys to keep the ball in the middle of the field. Even when we made our outs tonight, we had a lot of loud outs in the middle of the field. All three of their outfielders made great plays."
TCU freshman pitcher Andrew Mitchell
On the importance of getting through a quick first inning
“I definitely wanted to get out there and throw strikes to get out of there as quick as I could and have that first inning out of the way. It worked out pretty good.”
On comparing his start to previous starts this season
“I felt like I had the same control. I was really trying to just hit my spots and not leave the ball over the middle of the plate and keeping the ball down. I didn’t bury some sliders tonight like I should have, but I got away with it today, but I thought I had pretty good command tonight. I only had one walk, so that was good.”
TCU sophomore infielder Jantzen Witte
On the offense getting on the board early
“I felt like a lot of things went our way tonight. Just from the start of the game, we had a couple of ground balls with eyes and landed a few bloopers. With Mitchell being a freshman on the mound for us, we really wanted to get out early. They had a strong freshman on the mound that we knew would throw a lot of strikes, so we knew we could be aggressive at the plate while being smart at the same time.” 

ORU coach Rob Walton
On his team’s loss to TCU
“Not much to say. That was kind of a take you out back and take care of business. Their pitcher was very good. He’s got very good stuff. That obviously had something to do with it. Our freshman, who has been really good all year, missed everything up in the middle of the plate and they took advantage of it. Give TCU a lot of credit. We made some mistakes and they took advantage of it.”

On his team’s pitching struggles leading to struggles at the plate
“It takes time to get adjusted to above-average stuff. I think we would have if we hold on our own on the mound. The mound cleans up everything. If we had really pitched good and kept it tight, I think we would have had a chance to settle in. It didn’t happen and when you start playing from behind, you start pressing a little bit and doing some things out of character. We struggled to stay inside the ball. We rolled over a few pitches and then we hit some fly balls in a park that is fly ball friendly.”

On pitcher Alex Gonzalez’s struggles
“He was trying to do too much. He over competes. If you start over competing, you start to try to overthrow or ‘out-stuff’ somebody. He needs to be good side-to-side and be able to pitch with his fastball on both sides of the plate. We weren’t able to do that and we didn’t have good command of the slider.”

ORU senior outfielder Nick Baligod
On falling behind early in the game
“It’s a bit disappointing. Like Rob said in the meeting, we’ve been playing really well. We didn’t enough timely hits. We didn’t get guys on early in the innings. It hurt us a little bit.”

ORU junior infielder Jared Schlehuber
On tonight’s loss to TCU
“It’s tough. We put some good swings on the ball early. Nick Baligod hit a ball hard in the first. The ball that Brance Rivera caught at the wall was a huge momentum-shifter for us. It’s still tough to watch.”



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