6-1-2013 Game Notes Tennessee Washington

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

May 30-June 5, 2013

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma City, Okla.

POSTGAME NOTES


Game 5: Tennessee 1, Washington 0

 

  • In the teams’ first meeting since 2009, Tennesse scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Washington 1-0 Saturday and advance in the winners’ bracket. Tennessee improved to 51-10 on the year, while Washington fell to 44-16. The Lady Vols now hold a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Huskies.

 

  • Tennessee junior outfielder Tory Lewis drove in the game’s lone run with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh that plated pinch runner Whitney Hammond. Lewis, hitting in the No. 9 spot, was 3-for-4 on the day at the plate. The three hits marked a season high and tied a career high. She is 4-for-6 in two WCWS games after hitting .297 prior to this week.

 

  • With her 10 strikeouts today, Tennessee junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe registered her fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season. She improved to 19-4 on the year after giving up just two hits without a walk in the complete-game effort.

 

  • Tennessee senior Raven Chavanne, who entered the day ranked eighth nationally with her .461 season batting average, singled in the first inning to extend her streak of reaching base to 11 games. She finished the game 1-for-4 at the plate and is 2-for-9 in this year’s WCWS.

 

  • Washington senior pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby fell to 23-8 on the season after giving up nine hits and six walks in 6.2 innings of work. Inglesby recorded three strikeouts on the day, with each of the three ending an inning (two came with the bases loaded).

 

  • Washington outfielder Victoria Hayward was thrown out attempting to steal second base in the first inning. It was just the fourth time in 49 career attempts that the junior was caught stealing.

 

  • Ten Tennessee batters reached base in the first four innings via hit (five), walk (four) or hit-by-pitch (one), but none scored. The Lady Vols stranded 15 runners in the game.

 

  • Tennessee advances to Sunday action and will play at 6 p.m. CT against the winner of Game 9. Washington will play a Sunday elimination game at 2:30 p.m. against the Arizona State/Michigan winner.
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  • TENNESSEE COACH RALPH WEEKLY
  • RAVEN CHAVANNE
  • ELLEN RENFROE
  • TORY LEWIS
  • MADISON SHIPMAN
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  • THE MODERATOR:  We are now joined by Tennessee co‑head coach Ralph Weekly and student‑athletes Raven Chavanne, Tory Lewis, Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman.  We’ll start with Coach and then questions.
  • COACH WEEKLY:  First of all, congratulations to Washington.  That was a great game.  They played a great game.  My wife Karen and co‑head coach is a graduate of Washington Law School.  My son, John, is a graduate of University of Washington.  That is a school that we really care about.
  • But we’re competing against them today.  These kids did a fantastic job, our kids.  I don’t care what the score ended up, I would say the same thing, our kids fought from the very beginning, and it’s all about timely hitting.  It took us a while to get that timely hit.  But all the credit goes to the kids.  They never quit.  They never put their head down.  They never stopped fighting.
  •             Q.  Tory, take us through that last at‑bat?
  • TORY LEWIS:  Just really pumped up all day; staying really focused and knowing that I had to get the ball through the infield.  I guess, everybody had to be safe in that at‑bat.
  •             Q.  What were your instructions?
  • TORY LEWIS:  They just told me we needed to score this run and everybody needed to be safe.  So everybody needed to be safe on this play, so get the ball through the infield.
  •             Q.  What was the feeling when you saw that ball get through the infield?
  • TORY LEWIS:  I started celebrating before I got to first base.  And Marc at first base was like touch the base, touch the base.  It felt amazing.  So it’s exciting.
  • COACH WEEKLY:  Tory knew what to do out there, but we told her to stay on top of the ball, which she had done all day.  Fantastic.  That was the key.
  •             Q.  Ralph, you had three bases loaded, maybe five innings and runners on third base, what is going through your thought process?
  • COACH WEEKLY:  Actually, what was going through and what we told them is we’re going to get it, we’re going to get it.  Just don’t worry about it.  We had some great hitters out there.  We had some great hitters up there with the bases loaded and runners in scoring position.

And you know something, this game is a game of failure.  I mean, if you’re successful three out of 10 times, you’re a star in this game.  And a lot of people forget that.  This is a tough game to play.

I’m proud of each of our kids.  I thought they gave it a tremendous effort.  The way Ellen was pitching, I knew she was going to hold them until we could get a run.

 

Q.  Ellen, a lot like your N.C. State game, you knew you had to keep your opponent at basically nothing across with the two‑hitter.  Talk about your performance and knowing what you had to do?

ELLEN RENFROE:  Just throughout the game I continued to stay focused on my job.  I knew the hitters kept putting pressure on their defense and also trying to get the momentum back.  Sometimes we kind of feel the momentum shift.  They’d make a big play on defense, and we’d have to go back out there and hold them.         So just continuing to have a presence on the mound for my team.  The Washington hitters definitely made that difficult.  I think after the game I finally took a deep breath for the first time probably all day.  So they definitely challenged me pitching‑wise.  So it was an exciting game.

 

Q.  What have you seen out of Ellen over the past couple of weeks that’s maybe sharper than it was during the SEC season for you guys?

COACH WEEKLY:  Well, Ellen’s always been sharp.  And I said it yesterday, and I’ll be brief on this:  We decided to go with both of them pretty equal, Ellen and Ivy.  So their arms are pretty fresh anyhow.  Today we felt, again, Ellen was a better match‑up.  I’ve seen a lot of toughness, a lot of toughness out of Ellen.  The attitude that she just spoke of, I’m going to hold the opponent until my team scores.  She did it against North Carolina State.  She did it in one of the Alabama games.  She’s just tough.

 

Q.  Madison, if you could talk about all those chances that seem to get missed there with bases loaded, runners in scoring position, what were you all saying in the dugout?  What was the mentality?

MADISON SHIPMAN:  We just kept telling everybody that we put pressure on them, we keep putting pressure on them, eventually we’ll get runs across.  We talked about not letting that momentum sway their way.  Keeping it on our side.  There were moments where you get bases loaded and don’t get it done, and we just go, ahhhh.

But we wanted to keep the momentum on our side.  Ellen kept it going, and we just went out there and tried to play defense and keep them coming.

 

Q.  Can you explain why you thought that Ellen was a better match‑up for Washington?

COACH WEEKLY:  Really, and I’m not trying to vague this, but I’d rather not because we may play them again.  There was just something we saw in scouting reports and watching their hitters.  But by the way, for the Seattle Times, Inglesby threw a fantastic game against us too.  That was just a great game.

 

Q.  Raven, how hard was it to refocus today after everything that happened here last night with the weather and the tornado warnings and all that stuff?

  • RAVEN CHAVANNE:  Yeah, California girl is going crazy.  I don’t think it was that hard to refocus.  I actually forgot about it until you just mentioned it and now I think about it.  Just going out there, getting focused, making sure you got a good night’s sleep.  The thunder was
  • booming all night and I know a bunch of us heard that.
  •             Once you step on the ball field you can’t make excuses about being tired or anything like that just because we had a hectic day off yesterday.  So just staying focused and focusing on the game, not paying attention to yesterday or the day before.
  •             Q.  For any of the players, we saw photos on Twitter of you guys in the parking garage and everything.  Just kind of explain what last night was like for you?  You mentioned California girls, and some people have probably never gone through this before?
  • RAVEN CHAVANNE:  Me and Madison were happy.
  • TORY LEWIS:  Overall our team did a pretty good job of being calm.  We took it very well, I would say.
  • ELLEN RENFROE:  I think more than anything else we were worried about our families who weren’t at the hotel with us.  There were a couple of us who had families away.  It was more being nervous about other people.  But for ours, I think we all stayed together, and we were pretty calm all around.
  • TORY LEWIS:  It’s hard not seeing what’s outside and just hearing it but not seeing it.
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An interview with:

WASHINGTON COACH HEATHER TARR

HOOCH FAGALY

VICTORIA HAYWARD

KAITLIN INGLESBY

KELLI SUGURO

 

THE MODERATOR:  We are now joined by Washington head coach Heather Tarr and student‑athlete Hooch Fagaly, Victoria Hayward, Kaitlin Inglesby, and Kelli Suguro.  We’ll start with Coach and then questions.

COACH TARR:  I don’t have too much to say.  The fact that we played some great games, I think it’s some things that a lot of teams would have folded with with regards to just a really tight strike zone, and so be it.  That’s what it was.

I thought Kaitlin Inglesby threw a great game and threw obviously well enough for us to win.  Unfortunately, offensively we couldn’t string anything together.  We didn’t draw any walks.  Our quality at‑bat percentage was way down for what we needed to do to win games.  The team is going to be tough.  We’re going to stay tough and we’re not going to let this thing get us down, and the good thing is we get to play again.

 

Q.  Kaitlin, can you talk about the emotions?  Two days ago you have a walk off win and not being able to play yesterday and then you come off with a tough loss in a game like this?

KAITLIN INGLESBY:  We’re going to take it one game at a time.  Like Coach said, we’re going to play again.  Tomorrow is a new day, and we have to face whoever shows up in the dugout.  When we come and play Husky softball and have clutch hitting and a great pitching performance.  We can compete with anybody in the country.

 

Q.  Kelli, can you share what made Ellen so difficult on the mound for Tennessee?

KELLI SUGURO:  Well, we’ve never really faced Tennessee.  None of our players currently have ever played against them.  But we knew that she’s one of the best pitchers in the country.  We didn’t make the adjustments we needed to produce the runs we needed to win, so…

 

Q.  What is it going to take from your team to be able to bounce back from a loss like this and be able to come back tomorrow and just keep on advancing?

COACH TARR:  We think we played well.  So the fact that we didn’t win shouldn’t get us down.  I thought offensively kind of disappointed just for quality at‑bat standpoints, but we thought we played well enough to win, and we get to play again and we don’t have to wait to play.  So hopefully we’ll get to play tomorrow and the weather will be fine.

VICTORIA HAYWARD:  Though we didn’t have that many hits, we had a lot of balls squared up, a lot of balls hit to the wall.  So we were just one ball dropping our way away from a potential win in that game.  So we take the good things with it and move on into the next game.

 

Q.  Coach, can you talk about the resolve that Kaitlin had in three of the first four innings when she worked herself out of the bases-loaded jams?

COACH TARR:  Yeah, well, Kait’s grown up a lot from last year to this year.  If those types of things would have happened maybe even earlier this year or last year, I don’t think that she would have been able to respond in the way that she did.  But she was tough and she kept us in every single inning.  We had a chance to win every inning.  We

THE MODERATOR:  We are now joined by Washington head coach Heather Tarr and student‑athlete Hooch Fagaly, Victoria Hayward, Kaitlin Inglesby, and Kelli Suguro.  We’ll start with Coach and then questions.

COACH TARR:  I don’t have too much to say.  The fact that we played some great games, I think it’s some things that a lot of teams would have folded with with regards to just a really tight strike zone, and so be it.  That’s what it was.

I thought Kaitlin Inglesby threw a great game and threw obviously well enough for us to win.  Unfortunately, offensively we couldn’t string anything together.  We didn’t draw any walks.  Our quality at‑bat percentage was way down for what we needed to do to win games.  The team is going to be tough.  We’re going to stay tough and we’re not going to let this thing get us down, and the good thing is we get to play again.

 

Q.  Kaitlin, can you talk about the emotions?  Two days ago you have a walk off win and not being able to play yesterday and then you come off with a tough loss in a game like this?

KAITLIN INGLESBY:  We’re going to take it one game at a time.  Like Coach said, we’re going to play again.  Tomorrow is a new day, and we have to face whoever shows up in the dugout.  When we come and play Husky softball and have clutch hitting and a great pitching performance.  We can compete with anybody in the country.

 

Q.  Kelli, can you share what made Ellen so difficult on the mound for Tennessee?

KELLI SUGURO:  Well, we’ve never really faced Tennessee.  None of our players currently have ever played against them.  But we knew that she’s one of the best pitchers in the country.  We didn’t make the adjustments we needed to produce the runs we needed to win, so…

 

Q.  What is it going to take from your team to be able to bounce back from a loss like this and be able to come back tomorrow and just keep on advancing?

COACH TARR:  We think we played well.  So the fact that we didn’t win shouldn’t get us down.  I thought offensively kind of disappointed just for quality at‑bat standpoints, but we thought we played well enough to win, and we get to play again and we don’t have to wait to play.  So hopefully we’ll get to play tomorrow and the weather will be fine.

VICTORIA HAYWARD:  Though we didn’t have that many hits, we had a lot of balls squared up, a lot of balls hit to the wall.  So we were just one ball dropping our way away from a potential win in that game.  So we take the good things with it and move on into the next game.

 

Q.  Coach, can you talk about the resolve that Kaitlin had in three of the first four innings when she worked herself out of the bases-loaded jams?

COACH TARR:  Yeah, well, Kait’s grown up a lot from last year to this year.  If those types of things would have happened maybe even earlier this year or last year, I don’t think that she would have been able to respond in the way that she did.  But she was tough and she kept us in every single inning.  We had a chance to win every inning.  We had a chance to score first, and that is all we can ask of her.  But the fact that she stayed tough when she needed to be tough, she got out of those jams, it says a lot about her.

 

Q.  Kind of walk us through yesterday, last night’s situation and where you all ended up and how you all were able to come back today?  Hooch, and then go down the line.

HOOCH FAGALY:  Sure, when we got back to the ‑‑ I guess before we started getting ready for the game we were told that there could be a possible delay, so we just stayed together, watched some film a little bit.  Then when we heard a possible go back to your room, get stuff settled and get together.  Some of us packed a little bit more heavily than others.  I packed my entire room I think, and we all headed down to the basement where most of the teams were, and we were just waiting for an all-clear.

KAITLIN INGLESBY:  We all worked together and faced the same obstacles, and nobody had it easy, nobody had it hard.

KELLI SUGURO:  In terms of delays, we’re from Seattle, so we’ve experienced rain but not to that extent.  But I mean everybody else had to stop and play and then come back.  This is softball.  You play outside.  So you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

 

Q.  Coach, Tennessee was saying it’s not just themselves but the whole traveling party.  How do you think everybody as a whole handled the anxiety level last night?

COACH TARR:  Well, our team’s pretty even keel.  We were the ones with the boom box and the music, so they probably liked it, no disrespect to the weather.  We respect it, but it was just a diversion and not a big deal.  If anything, it probably gave Ellen Renfroe the rest that she needed, but other than that, we had fun with it.

 

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