"I just wanted to make sure I got a pitch to hit," he said. "The ball came at me right where I'd scouted it, so it was easy to get behind it."
Despite the pressure of the situation, Walker said his approach wasn't any different from what he normally does. "Just like everyone else, when I go out to bat, I just want to do my job," he said.
However, it was senior pitcher Tyler Cornish who led the charge for the Timberwolves, from the mound as well as behind the plate.
He threw three shutout innings to start the game but then gave up three runs in the top of the fourth. He responded with another shutout inning and yielded only one more run before being replaced in the top of the seventh.
"They are a good-hitting team, so I knew it was important to get off to a good first inning," Cornish said. "That first zero is important. I wanted to set up for my team to go out to bat."
The pitcher took a businesslike approach to getting roughed up in the fourth. "It's not easy mentally to get back in the groove after that, but I realized I just left a few pitches up."
After talking with his coach, Cornish said he was able to make the necessary adjustments to attain his earlier level of success.
He also helped himself by going 3-for-4 at the plate, including a home run and two RBIs.
His earlier experiences while batting set up the home run. "In my prior two at-bats, the first pitch was a fastball," Cornish said. "When I saw one coming, I was just aggressive and stayed back."