Dallas Baptist-Oral Roberts Postgame Quotes

June 5, 2011

Dallas Baptist vs. Oral Roberts
June 5, 2011
Attendance: 2,820
Oral Roberts 7, Dallas Baptist 2

Oral Roberts coach Rob Walton
On his starting pitchers’ performance
“It was a long day and that was a great pitching performance against a good hitting team. I thought Mark’s performance was special. He’s had to overcome some adversity, but he actually led our team in earned run average last season. I’m sure DBU didn’t know that going into tonight. He strained a pectoral muscle early in the season and struggled through that injury, but he was a big key when he came back and a lift to the depth of our pitching staff. He’s more than capable of throwing well, because he has done that. He beat Texas in Austin last season, so it’s not like he’s an unknown commodity. Maybe just for this season, because of the injury, there’s probably not a lot of scouting report behind him.”

On the play of junior outfielder Brandon King
“He’s been one of our catalyst all year in the middle of the order. He hit leadoff in junior college and I think he’s a middle of the order guy. He can hit No. 2 No. 3 or No. 4 for us at anytime. He is special and he came up big for us today and hit the ball out of the yard. He’s starting to swing the bat really well.”

Oral Roberts senior pitcher Mark Guest
On his performance
“I have played baseball a long time and we just tried to get ahead in the count with the fastball and come back with the change-up. I bounced a few early and tried to get a feel for it, but once the lightning delay came, I really got the chance to sit down and kind of think things over and get back to pitching. I got back to filling up the zone and it worked out for us.”

Oral Roberts junior outfielder Brandon King
On the team building momentum with two wins Sunday
“It’s really good for our team to be on a roll at this time in the regionals. It has helped boost our confidence for the championship game tomorrow and for whatever is next.”

On the middle of the lineup playing well
“We are letting the ball get deep. I think we were getting really anxious in the box. This is my first big-time regional experience, so I was really anxious. Coach Rob has been telling me that they are throwing me a lot of breaking balls, so wait back and try to hit under the ball and it will carry, so that is what we are all trying to do right now.”

Dallas Baptist coach Dan Heefner
On his team’s loss to Oral Roberts
“I think you’ve got to give a ton of credit to Oral Roberts. They showed a lot of toughness coming through the loser’s bracket after losing their first game. They’ve done a great job of plugging away. They played the game this afternoon in the heat and I know they had some guys struggle through that. The game that Mark Guest pitched, a guy that’s thrown 16 innings on the year and to throw a complete game like that showed a lot of toughness. We feel fortunate that we’ve got another shot tomorrow. We’re looking to do a better job. There were a couple things we felt like we didn’t do very well and we’re looking to improve on those tomorrow. I think they deserve a lot of credit. They really played the game well tonight.”

On ORU’s production from the middle of its lineup
“They’re definitely swinging the bats well right now. (Assistant) coach Bob Keller does a great job of picking guys apart. We’ll talk about it tonight and come up with a game plan based on what we saw in the first game today and then in tonight’s game and try to make an adjustment there to neutralize those guys.”

On this loss being a positive reality check after emotional wins
“That’s a great point. That’s something we talked about after the game. Oral Roberts deserves the credit, they played the game right. We didn’t do some of the things that we have talked about all year long that we need to do. It starts on the mound throwing strikes and forcing contact. We gave up a lot of free bases tonight. We were able to talk about making a change there and attacking tomorrow. Offensively, we need to be in control of the bats and we felt like they really dictated our at-bats tonight. I think it was a reality check. It’s good encouragement for us to get back to doing what we do in the game tomorrow.”

On ORU starter Mark Guest
“We get scouting reports and we call around but we didn’t play Oral Roberts this year. We played them three times in 2008, two times in 2009 and we haven’t seen them the last two years. We do our best to try to get scouting reports from other people, but we didn’t have a ton on him. He hasn’t thrown a lot on the year, but he did a great job tonight.”

Dallas Baptist junior infielder Ryan Behmanesh
On the team’s struggles with ORU starter Mark Guest
“He was commanding all three pitches for strikes. He pounded us with fastballs and sliders all day. Just like our guy, Stafford, last night, if you can throw three pitches for strikes, you can get outs. We were late on his fastball. I don’t know what his velocity was, but he wasn’t an upper-90s guy or anything like that. He’s pitching well.”



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