Starkville Regional: Steve Bieser

Steve Bieser Press Conference – June 2, 2016 – NCAA Starkville Regional

Opening Statement…

“Thank you for having us here and hosting this great event. We’re extremely excited to be here and we know there is great competition in this region.”

On Joey Lucchesi pitching tomorrow…

“We thought he was going to be ready to go tomorrow and the way it looks he had a rough night of sleep and woke up a little stiff. It’s probably going to be a game-time decision for us.”

On measuring up against the SEC…

“Over the last few years we’ve made sure that we have some SEC teams on our schedule each year. It’s a great conference, a tough one to play in and it holds a lot of talent. To me it is more of the professional style game and that’s something you do see in the OVC. It’s more of a swing it, hit your doubles and score a lot of runs and not so much small ball. I think we did a pretty good job competing this year, we had a few tough games at Ole Miss. Also at Missouri. I thought we played very well this year and the last several years. We know what we are up against. It’s great baseball. You just can’t make mistakes and that is something we have been working on all season. We’ve got some guys that have gone out of position this year and we have corrected those problems and we know we just have to play a clean game.”

On what separates Joey Lucchesi from others…

“I think he has come a long way since last year. What we have seen from Joey is that his fastball spiked up and he’s had a velocity and that has opened up some running pitches. His changeup can be used to get a guy on his front foot or it can be used as a put away pitch and he can bury it and it has late action to it. That is something he’s able to use in a couple different ways and that presents a lot of problems for hitters.”

On who else could pitch tomorrow…

“All season long Clay Chandler has been our number two pitcher in that Saturday slot and Clay is ready. He pitched out of the bullpen for us in the conference tournament and he didn’t get a start there either. He has kind of been chomping at the bit to go so I think we have a couple good options there.”

On how he would describe the team from an offensive standpoint…

“If you look at our numbers our team is one that really looks to drive balls. We are looking for pitches out over a plate we can do damage with. We are more of an extra-base hit type of club. We also have those guys that can manufacture runs in the small game when we need to and I think that is one thing that can help us in this region. Not as many extra base hits are going to be given out against quality pitching and we know that. Really from an offensive standpoint we find ways to score other than just hitting the ball over the wall or driving those gaps. The one thing about our offense is over the past few years they’ve been able to adjust for the most part to where we are playing and who we are playing and that is something that has made our offense pretty good.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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