NCAA Baseball Regional Game #5 Quotes




June 6, 2010

 

NCAA Baseball Regional Game #5
Fort Worth, Texas (Lupton Stadium)
Baylor 4, Arizona 2
June 6, 2010

Baylor Head Coach Steve Smith
Opening statement:
“I was really proud of the way Willie (Kempf) threw. I thought he wasn’t real sharp to start the game, he left some pitches up. They had five of their seven hits during the first two innings of play. He just started getting better and better, both in terms of location and stuff. I thought he and Gregg (Glime) worked really well together. We didn’t have our greatest day at the plate, but a lot of that goes to the credit of Arizona’s starter (Tyler Hale). He was what most of us refer to as wildly effective, but he had great stuff. I think Arizona is going to be really, really good for the next three years. With as many young players as they have, it’s really something to see.”


On Gregg Glime and Raynor Campbell’s injuries:
“Raynor (Campbell) busted his lip a little bit at the end of the game. We don’t know yet on Gregg, it appears to be a wear and tear injury. Even before he started cramping up, I was planning on pinch running for him since that run was pretty big for us. I was able to get him off the field because I told him I was already planning on doing it. We will see what happens, we have a couple hours left here before the game.”


Baylor senior SP Willie Kempf
On his pitching performance:
“I was fortunate during the first couple innings when I wasn’t real sharp. I got out of it, Raynor (Campbell) made a great play. After that I settled in, my arm got a looser and I started locating really well.”

On whether he is motivated by certain plays during a game:
“You can’t say you don’t, but at the same time you try to keep your emotions in check when you are on the mound. You can’t be affected by it, you can’t try to do more. It was great that we tied the game, but it was all about making good pitches. Gregg (Glime) had the hitters figured out, and that inning he put the mitt down and I was able to hit it.”

On his recent success on the mound:
“This game will be up there with the others. This is the longest game I have pitched, the last two months have been a dream come true for me. I am just happy I am able to have some great games when we need them down the stretch, and happy that we get to play one more.”

On if he made any in-game adjustments:
“Not really. The first few innings I was on the side of my cutter, which has been a great pitch for me over the last few months. They were making solid contact on it, most of the base hits in the first couple innings were on cutters. After that, we started locating the fastball well and used the cutter ahead in the count and got a lot of soft contacts.”

On what matters more, strikeouts or walks:
“Zero walks for sure, especially in the first couple innings when I was getting hit a little bit. I know it’s hard on the hitter when the pitcher isn’t putting guys on, so that’s what I try to do. No easy innings to start rallies, they are a team that plays with a lot of emotion. I try to stay calm, and make them put the ball in play and string some hits together.”


Baylor freshman LF Logan Vick
On the teams scoring during the game:
“He (Tyler Hale) was effectively wild, we didn’t know what he was going to throw to us. He never really established a pattern. We finally figured out that he was cocking his wrist back, so we could see his curve ball a little bit. We just tried to play some small ball, Willie (Kempf) was doing an awesome job. For him to keep them at two runs for the game, that gave all the hitters confidence. When he is doing his job, it gives us confidence in our abilities. We started putting the ball in play and finally starting getting some runs together.”

On going ahead late in the game:
“It’s a huge relief. Willie (Kempf) was doing his job, so we are trying to get a lead for him because he is pitching his guts out. Finally our hitters came together, and had some timely hits.”

On being in this tournament as a freshman:
“The intensity level is quite a bit higher. I just try to stay at my level, just play my game. I try to take it one step at a time, one at bat at a time.”


 

 


Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez

Opening statement:
“First of all, I want to congratulate Baylor. That was an outstanding ball game. I thought both clubs played well. It was an outstanding pitching performance by both (starters). A couple timely hits—that’s the nature of the game. You get a big hit somewhere in the sequence and you get on top. Baylor did a marvelous job. I’m really proud of my guys. It’s a tough one to lose and a great one to win.”

On the decision to select Tyler Hale for Arizona’s starting pitcher:
“He’s a talented young guy. We’ve probably used him in a lot of different roles. I wrote something down for Tyler in the eighth inning on my clipboard and showed it to him, “How about starting next year?” That’s the nature of what we’re doing right now. We still have a very young team and we’ve used some guys in some different roles. Most of them have worked out. Obviously Tyler made a name for himself in terms of the next two years as a starting candidate. I’m happy for him. He’s a great young man with a great work ethic. He’s a solid team guy, so I’m really happy for him.”

On heated exchanges between teams the last two days:
“I think that’s just what you expect out of young guys wanting to get to the next stage. This is what they work for all year long. They work for an opportunity to get hot in a Regional, get to a Super Regional and then get to Omaha. For every young guy, that’s a dream of a college athlete. I’ve been fortunate to be there a few times with guys. It’s a fulfilling dream for these young guys. There’s competition. I think competition is good for these young guys. It’s going to get them ready for life. But there was nothing bad.”

On TCU serving as Regional host:
“I want to thank (TCU director of athletics) Chris Del Conte and the administration here, marvelous job. A-plus hospitality, facility—they do a great job. To Texas Christian University, congratulations on running another solid Regional. Best of luck to both Baylor and Texas Christian.”


Arizona freshman SP Tyler Hale
On when he found out he would be today’s starting pitcher, and how he felt he performed:
“I found out this morning. I felt like I did as well as I could. I just went out there and gave it my all, for the seniors mainly. It wasn’t enough, but that’s alright.”

On the wild pitch on strike three in the seventh inning:
“It was in the dirt. It was a tough pitch to block. I don’t blame anybody. That was my fault for getting it in the dirt. It took a rough hop. Jett (Bandy) is a really good catcher. It just happened to get away.”


Arizona sophomore catcher Jett Bandy
On what Arizona showed people this week as a young team:
“Everyone says we’re a young team, but I just feel that age really doesn’t matter when it comes to the game of baseball. It’s just all about playing the game. If you play the game right, you can go a long ways. I think that’s what we proved.”

On what he saw was the difference in the game:
“It was a good ball game between the two teams. It’s the game of baseball. (Losing) happens sometimes. You wins some and you lose some.”


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