Chatting With Stephen Drew

Sophomore shortstop <b>Stephen Drew </b> went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI to lead the Seminoles offensively in Wednesday's 14-5 victory over Siena. Here's what Stephen had to say about his effort. "Last year, I played five games out in Hawaii, and then I broke my foot. Now, I'm just getting my timing back to where it needs to be. We've got big games coming up, so it's a good time to have that happen," Drew said.

Sophomore shortstop Stephen Drew went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI to lead the Seminoles offensively in Wednesday's victory over Sienna. Here's what Stephen had to say about his effort:

Q: You had a three-run double after Siena pulled within a run in the sixth inning. You hit the double off a 3-0 pitch. Did Mike Martin have anything to say about you swinging on that count?

A: He kept throwing me out, away, away, away. I looked at 11, and he said, ‘Get a good pitch to hit.' It was 6-5, we're up one, and this could break the game open or it can't. So I just went up there and said, ‘If he throws it there, where you want to hit it, put a good swing on it.' Fortunately, it hit off the wall.

Q: The key is hitting that pitch, right? If you hadn't gotten a hit, Coach Martin wouldn't have been too happy.

A: If you pop the ball up there, he'll be very upset. It's just one of those things – he has trust in us, we have trust in him, and we just get the job done sometimes.

Q: Your batting average is over .300 now. Do you think you've found your rhythm at this point?

A: Last year, I played five games out in Hawaii, and then I broke my foot. Now, I'm just getting my timing back to where it needs to be. We've got big games coming up, so it's a good time to have that happen.

Q: You have to be pretty patient to walk five times in a game, as you did yesterday. That tied an FSU record that hadn't been approached for 23 years. How impressed are you with that?

A: I wish I had walked a sixth time. I didn't know that, and I guess I was getting a little too anxious in the third at-bat and I popped the ball up. It's just that if they don't throw you pitches, you don't need to swing at it. It's just one of those things that Coach Martin talks about – getting on base all the time, helping the team out. That's just what I was trying to do. If they're not going to throw to me, then let somebody else get the runs in. Just let me score the runs.


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