6-1-2013 Game 8 Notes and Quotes

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

May 30-June 5, 2013

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma City, Okla.

POSTGAME NOTES


Game 10: Michigan 2, Arizona 0

 

  • Eighth-seeded Michigan defeated No. 5 seed Arizona State by a score of 2-0 on Saturday night. Michigan improved to 51-12 on the season and 6-2 in NCAA postseason action.

 

  • Arizona State was eliminated from tournament play with the loss, finishing the season at 50-12 overall. ASU made the program’s 11th WCWS appearance in 2013 and now holds an all-time record of 18-18. The loss marked the fourth time in program history that the Sun Devils have gone 0-2 in the WCWS.

 

  • Arizona State’s loss marked the first time ASU has been shut out this season. The Sun Devils were last held scoreless on May 24, 2012, in a 6-0 loss to Louisiana in the NCAA Super Regionals.

 

  • Sara Driesenga earned the win in the circle for Michigan, improving to 31-8 this season. Driesenga’s 7.0 innings of work marked her 24th complete game this season and her eighth shutout. She struck out five batters and gave up seven hits and three walks.

 

  • Junior Dallas Escobedo took the loss for Arizona State, finishing her season at 30-6. Escobedo surrendered two runs on three hits alongside four walks and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.

 

  • Junior Mackenzie Popescue relieved Escobedo in the top of the third inning. Popescue’s 4.2 innings of work marked her longest career NCAA postseason appearance. She struck out four while giving up no runs on three hits and one walk.

 

  • Michigan posted its first hit of the WCWS in the third inning on a double from junior Caitlin Blanchard.

 

  • Michigan took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning with a two-run home run from freshman Sierra Romero, which also plated junior Lyndsay Doyle. The blast marked Romero’s 23rd home run of the season, adding to her Michigan single-season record and moving her into 10th all-time on UM’s career list.

 

  • Michigan will advance to face Washington in an elimination game Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT.

 

  • Tonight’s attendance of 9,698 set a WCWS single-session record, breaking the previous mark of 9,587 that was set earlier in the day. Total attendance for this year’s first four sessions is 36,056 (average of 9,014), which is ahead of last year’s then-record 34,097 through the same number of sessions (average of 8,524).

 

Game 8 Quotes

 

Michigan 2, Arizona State 0

MICHIGAN HEAD COACH CAROL HUTCHINS

On keeping the team mentally focused late in the game:

“I didn’t have to keep them mentally focused. They were excited and they wanted to play. We were in such a great place. When they spend all that time together, it just makes them loose.”

 

On the trip so far:

“It’s been a crazy trip. It seems like nothing has been going particularly smoothly, but winning the game is the only thing we care about.”

 

On Arizona State’s offense:

“They’re very dangerous. Sara (Driesenga) pitched a great game. They’re a very tough team, as we all know, and it took our best effort to beat them.”

 

On Sierra Romero’s home run:

“That’s Sierra’s game. I’ve been trying to convince all of them to get their barrels through the zone. We swung tight. We didn’t have very good pitch selection the whole game. But Romero is Romero. She wins a lot of games for us and she played outstanding.”

 

On if it’s Sara Driesenga’s best game of her career:

“At this point in the season, surviving is the only thing that matters. You only have to have more than them. Holding them to zero is pretty huge.”

 

On the team playing sharp under the circumstances:

“You have to realize that these are college kids. These are their normal hours. The coaches, not so much. But these are college kids and they thrive at night.”

 

On the key coming back fresh for Sunday:

“We’re going to do the best we can to be fresh. We’re going to put Sara (Driesenga) on ice and send them home straight to bed. It is what it is. It’s our job to get ready for it. They’ll be ready.”

 

ARIZONA STATE HEAD COACH CLINT MYERS

On waiting for the 15-inning game to end prior to theirs:

“Who would envision that you would have a 15-inning game before you play? We warmed up and we watched a double-header.”

 

On how his team stayed loose during the wait:

“Well in the 14th inning we started getting in the cage. We knew that it had to end soon and we knew we were in a time crunch. If the game didn’t end before 11:36 p.m. then we knew we couldn’t play because the NCAA has a rule that you can’t start a game after midnight.”

 

On if the game was just a matter of missed opportunities:

“No excuses, we just didn’t get the job done. We know the secret for winning ball games: good pitching, good defense and timely hitting. We got good pitching, had good defense — we didn’t get an error. It was the timely hitting. We had people in position and we just couldn’t get it done.

That’s what wins you ball games.”

 

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