Q: You seem to be turning a corner. At Georgia, you had a big Saturday, went 0-for Sunday but bounced back with some big hits against UNO. What's been the difference lately?
A: Saturday I had a good game. I was seeing the ball real well. I told myself it was time to concentrate.
I had the starting role at the beginning of the season, but I just kind of coasted with it a little bit and lost it. That hit me hard.
Last year I sat the bench and it wasn't a good feeling. This year, I was like, "I got this job wrapped up." I got a little bit to cocky, and (Smoke Laval) pulled me out of the lineup.
I just told myself, "I've really got to start busting my ass."
I don't know. I just started seeing the ball real well, started getting some good hacks, some good hits.
Sunday, I didn't get any hits but I felt I had some good at-bats. I didn't let myself get down at all. (Against UNO), I was just seeing the ball big and driving it.
Q: Do you feel the right fielder's job is yours?
A: I haven't been told anything. It doesn't really bother me. Whenever I get my shot, I've got to make the best of it. The last few times I feel I have.
Smoke even tells me he needs me in the lineup for us to get to Omaha. I guess I took that to heart, put a chip on my shoulder to try and get us there.
A: That doesn't help. It helps the team; it doesn't help me (laughs).
That's my competition. Both are hitting the hell out of the ball. I'm not saying I want them to do bad at all.
Q: But does their presence help you.
A: It pushes me a lot. Exactly. I just want them to keep doing good, you know. I just want to win.
The ultimate goal is to get to Omaha. I can bat .100 as long as we go to Omaha, I'm happy.
Q: How's your knee? Is it coming along after off-season surgery like you want?
A: Yeah, the knee's a lot better. I haven't really felt it yet. I haven't squatted down to catch, and I'm not planning to catch. As long as I'm an outfielder, it feels good. There's not nearly as much pressure on it as when I was catching.
Q: You've made a few nice plays lately in the outfielder after having some rough spots. You're starting not to look like someone who's played the last four years at catcher.
A: I don't know. I feel at home in the outfield. Sometimes I get a little mixed up.
I'm out there (shagging) at batting practice everyday. I'm trying to take everything live. It helps me get a good read at the ball.
Q: Do you think you'll ever play catcher again?
A: Nah. I'm happy (in the outfield). I'm not going to take a chance going back to catcher. My knee might feel good for a week or two, and then it just goes to crap again (at catcher). It's feeling good right now, and I'd just rather leave it like that.