K-State Baseball Holds Media Day

By: K-State Sports Information
By: K-State Sports Information

Quotes from head coach Brad Hill, sophomore Levi MaVorhis, sophomore Jake Matthys, junior Shane Conlon and senior Ross Kivett are below.

February 6, 2014

K-State Baseball

2014 Media Day Quotes

Head Coach Brad Hill
On the offseason…
“We have not talked about anything different other than the fact that we want to continue to do what we do: keep the blue collar work ethic going. That is our older guys leading by experience, making sure that the younger guys are doing what they are supposed to do. That does not mean just on the baseball field; that also means off of the baseball field. I do not think that anything has really changed from what we are trying to accomplish.”

On the roster’s 19 returning lettermen…
“I was kind of excited. They have really handled it the right way. We have not had any games yet, but the way they are practicing has been very unselfish. They are hungry. They know it is going to take more than their performance to achieve the level that we need to achieve. They set goals to help the other guys get better. That is very important to us and that is very important to our program. You think of Ross Kivett. He had a perfect 4.0 [GPA] in the fall. He has been focused coming back. He is focused on his baseball trying to improve his draft status and he wants to be the Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year as well. That is pretty special.“

On filling the void of losing three starting outfielders…
“It is a work in progress. The guy who has been very impressive and has just came to work every day is Clayton Dalrymple. He is a walk-on from Dallas. He got just a few innings last year as a pinch [hitter and runner], but he has improved a lot and brings that toughness that we like. Mitch Meyer will be back in right field. He kind of filled in [last year] when we had injuries. Kyle Speer had a great fall, a Manhattan kid. Carter Yagi is a kid that we are going to have to get into the lineup somehow or another. Max Brown might be our most talented kid out there. There are some people to put out there, but it is just trying to find roles and trying to find lineups with who is going to adjust to Division I ball.”

Sophomore starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis
On being comfortable after last season…
“I do not think you are ever comfortable going into a season. I think that you will always have those jitters. It is nice to get through fall and you kind of know what to expect.”

On the season’s expectations…
“We know that they are there, but we just take it one day at a time. Just working on what you need to do to get better that day and you do not focus on what is down the road.”

On what he did during the offseason …
“Getting in shape was the big thing for me. I worked with the coaches in the weight room, running a lot. It was a big thing for me and just making sure my arm is healthy for the season.”

Sophomore relief pitcher Jake Matthys
On season’s expectations…
“I think that the expectations are great and I feel like we want to live up to what the expectations are. Everybody expects us to get to Omaha. We expect us to get to Omaha and anything short of that is not good enough for us. Everyone has been working hard in the weight room, on the field, conditioning. Everyone is very determined to make that next step and get to Omaha.”

On the pitching staff…
“I think that we are all competitors. We all saw last year what our hitting can do. Our hitting won us a lot of games. I just think that [the bullpen] did not want to lose the games. We want to just try and put the best guys out there and trust everyone on the mound.”

On the newcomers…
“I think they all have made strides at the beginning of the fall. [Jake] Fromson and Ethan Landon are the two guys that stand out in my mind. I think they all have the chance to make something big happen this year.”

Junior first baseman Shane Conlon
On Ross Kivett returning…
“I think it just shows his passion for K-State. He is always preaching about family and I think that it was huge for our program to get him back. He is the face of the program. He is a guy that hits leads off, the first guy that the opposing team sees and sets the tone for the game. I think it was a huge deal to get him back and we were all very excited about that.”

On his decision to come back after being drafted by Kansas City in the 21st round …
“There was definitely a choice. I thought it over a lot, talked to my parents about the whole decision. I just sat on it for a couple of weeks and then Ross said he was coming back so I thought it was a slam dunk for me to come back as well.”

On the expectations of the season…
“This is the first year that we have had a target on our back. We always go play teams that have targets on their backs. This year it is definitely going to be a lot different. Teams will come and throw their number ones at us all the time. Next week everyone is going to be throwing their top guys at us. We do have the target on our back this year, I kind of like that. I have always liked that. If you ask all these guys I think that they will like that too. We are just really excited to get started and get out of this cold weather.”

Senior second baseman Ross Kivett
On coming back this season after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians…
“No, I think that my teammates, this community and the family atmosphere were enough to come back. It is your hometown team, so obviously you think about it a little bit. There are other things in life, such as a degree and the fellowship that I have with these guys. I would be pretty sad sitting on a minor league bus seeing my guys go to Omaha.”

On the season’s expectations…
“There is a lot of hype and it is fun. It took four years, but we are excited to get this going. I think that it is special because this is my last one. My mom and dad are going to get to come out to a few more games than they usually do. I get to hang out with my best friends for another year and then on to real life.”

On the team…
“I do like the chemistry here. I like how hard they work. We come in everyday and know that we are going to get beat up, but we do it with a smile and enjoy doing it. I enjoy this staff and the way that they prepare us. I am excited to get going and I know these guys are, too. We are excited to go up against someone that is not wearing a purple jersey.”

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