WCWS NOTES & QUOTES 1
From Games June 3 2010
Game 1: Hawai’i 3, Missouri 2
In its first ever Women’s College World Series appearance, Hawai’i (50-14) defeated Missouri (51-12) in this year’s opening game, 3-2.
- Hawai’i improved to 5-4 all-time against Missouri. Today’s game marked the third matchup between the teams in postseason play (Missouri leads 2-1).
- Hawai’i improved to 41-3 when it hits two or more home runs and to 41-4 when it scores first.
- Traci Yoshikawa hit a two-run home run to give Hawai’i a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh. It marked her 12th home run of the season and the 14th of her career.
- Hawai’i’s two home runs brought its season home run total to 156. Entering today’s game, the Rainbow Wahine led the NCAA in home runs (2.47 per game), scoring (7.82 runs per game) and slugging percentage (.658), and ranked seventh in batting average (.328).
- Hawai’i’s Stephanie Ricketts, the 2010 WAC Pitcher of the Year, threw her 29th complete game of the season. She improved to 30-8 on the season and to 7-2 in the postseason.
- Ricketts moved into second place on the school’s single-season wins list. Melissa Coogan holds the all-time record with 32 victories in 2003.
- Hawai’i’s Alexandra Aguirre hit her 12th home run of the season in the second inning to give her squad an early 1-0 lead.
- WAC Freshman of the Year Kelly Majam went 2-4 for Hawai’i, marking her 22nd game with at least two hits. Majam has failed to get a hit in just 12 of 64 games this year.
- Missouri fell to 1-9 in the Women’s College World Series with today’s loss. This is the Tigers’ second straight WCWS appearance and fifth overall.
- Missouri’s Rhea Taylor hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie her own school record for runs in a season (64).
- Taylor moved into second place on Missouri’s single-season hits list (82) after adding two against Hawai’i. The junior set the record of 88 hits in 2008.
- Missouri’s Kristin Nottemann took the loss to fall to 24-8 on the year. She gave up three runs (all earned) on nine hits while striking out five in the complete-game effort.
HAWAI’I HEAD COACH BOB COOLEN
“It’s an exciting first game for us. There are a lot of people in the stands that thought we were going to bend over with that weather, but that’s not our own weather here. We are a hitting team, and we had the right lineup coming up in that last inning. I was looking at it with the possibility of (Alexandra) Aguirre getting out there and Traci (Yoshikawa) doing the job and everything flowed. And it was just really exciting to see everyone in our lineup obviously having to do a good job. Stephanie (Ricketts), I had to go out to and talk to a few times, in the dugout area and on the mound, and she just bowed her neck. It was hot out there, I could tell, but she just focused. So it was a good first win.”
On the importance of getting the first game over with early:
“We would like to be the first game every day. I know I don’t like to wait for games. This is great because we have the rest of the day to relax, and tomorrow we have all day to relax and sleep in because that seems to be right now what we need to do. I want to play the first game every day to get it out of the way, and players, I think, are the same way.”
On if he’d rather play Florida or UCLA tomorrow:
“It doesn’t really matter. We are just excited about playing tomorrow rather than having a day off. I was thinking about where we were going to practice tomorrow if we had not won the first game, and those are the things you rehearse from the third base coach’s box. You go out there at least an hour, or longer, ahead. You wish you didn’t, but you play that chess game and see where you are. And now that we don’t have to, and we play a six o’clock game, it really doesn’t matter. I’ll go upstairs, see four innings, see tendencies and leave, and that is all I need to do. I don’t need to go home and get all of these stats.”
HAWAI’I SOPHOMORE PITCHER STEPHANIE RICKETTS
On her first-inning thoughts:
“I didn’t really expect to have bases loaded in the first inning, but when it happened I was like, ‘OK, we still have seven innings, but we can’t allow anyone to score here.’ So that was pretty much my focus, and then we go out there and we got some runs.”
On the pressure of competing in her first WCWS game:
“This whole week leading up to it, there were nerves. But today when we were preparing for the game, they all just went away and it was just excitement. You’d think there’d be more pressure in this kind of game, but with the offense that I have, I know that we are going to get runs and I don’t really have to keep the other team from not scoring at all. And so I’m a little looser and my team is fun to play around, so we can all get loose. In the beginning of the game, you could tell that we were not playing the way we normally play, and then we started having fun and watching people hit balls over the fence, and we just started to play Hawai’i ball.”
HAWAI’I SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER ALEX AGUIRRE
On her solo home run:
”For me, it was seeing the first four batters and seeing her go to the outside corner. I usually stay in the back of the box to see the ball longer, but I know that the outside is one of my power pitches to hit. So I scooted up a little bit and as soon as I saw it I threw my hands at it and I could see it going. It’s a big feeling of relief and it’s just like, ‘OK, we are here, we are in this stadium and this is what we are going to do.’”
HAWAI’I SENIOR SECOND BASEMAN TRACI YOSHIKAWA
On her seventh-inning two-run homer:
“She was going outside all day, so I just had to make an adjustment. I just threw my hands out to the ball and as soon as I hit it I knew it was over the wall.”
MISSOURI HEAD COACH EHREN EARLEYWINE
“Very disappointed in the game. Felt like our hitters had one of their worst showings of the season, unfortunately at a time like this. Nothing against Hawai’i, but I felt like their pitcher was somebody that we could put in play a lot more often, a lot harder. We got a lot of strikeouts and a lot of pop-ups, a lot of kids off balance. So from that perspective, it was a frustrating endeavor for us. If somebody would have told me before the game that Hawai’i was only going to score three runs, I would have said, ‘Sweet, we can win that game.’ We didn’t, and our hitters need to do a better job in the next outing. Kristin (Nottelmann) did a good job, had a tough inning there where we didn’t make any plays behind her and still got five or six outs against the top of their lineup. So I was proud of her for hanging in there.”
On if leading in the seventh inning makes the loss any tougher:
“I’ll be honest with you, every loss makes me want to throw up. It doesn’t matter; 14 to nothing or one to nothing.”
On if the new outfield dimensions came into play today:
“You know, I was hoping that would hurt Hawai’i, but it didn’t. It cost us because I felt like (Lindsey) Muller’s ball to the warning track with runners on first and second might have jumped out of the park last year. So that’s what I get for being happy about the fences.”
On the status of sophomore Katy Koontz after Wednesday’s injury:
“Katy Koontz was a kid on our team who wasn’t dressing this weekend. She was shagging balls yesterday and got hit in the jaw, a line drive in center field. They did a CT Scan on her and there were no breaks, but she does have a concussion and she threw up quite a bit last night. She did not come to the park today, just stayed in air conditioning. So I think she is fine in terms of serious injuries, just waiting on the swelling and the concussion to go away before she is back to normal.”
MISSOURI SOPHOMORE PITCHER KRISTEN NOTTELMANN
On the pressure of pitching against Hawai’i:
“It’s not as much pressure as you would think. You still have to go out there and make pitches. Yeah, they have a lot of home runs but you can’t let that get in your head. You just have to go out there and hit your spots and hit your corners. And today I feel like I did that pretty well. There are a few pitches I’d like back but there is nothing I can do about it now.”
On what the pitch was that resulted in Traci Yoshikawa’s two-run homer in the seventh:
“It was a low rise, away.”
On if Hawa’i’s two home runs were because of excellent hitting or if she would like to have the pitches back:
“It was a little bit of both. They put a good swing on the pitch. I know the last one I would have wanted back. I think I might have wanted to switch and go to the inside instead of away, but I felt that we could have gotten her out away because we had all day. So it’s just tough whenever those kinds of things happen.”
MISSOURI JUNIOR OUTFIELDER RHEA TAYLOR
On what was going through her head swinging at the pitch that produced her home run:
“I was just trying to get the bat on the ball, and trying to produce or get something to inspire my team. I’m not sure why I swung at the pitch, but I did.”
On how to get ready for next game:
“We try to take every game like it’s our last, and every game is a new game. So were going to go out on Saturday, come out fresh and hopefully our offense will be there.
Game 2: UCLA 16, Florida 3 (6 Innings)
- UCLA (46-11) improved to 86-29 all-time in the Women’s College World Series with its 16-3 run-rule win (six innings) over Florida (48-9) in the opening round of the WCWS.
- UCLA’s 16 runs were the most it ever scored in a postseason game. The last time the Bruins scored double-digit runs in the WCWS was when they beat Massachusetts 11-0 during their national championship run in 1992.
- The 13-run margin of victory marked UCLA’s second-largest in postseason history.
- UCLA is now 6-0 in the 2010 NCAA tournament and is 170-40 overall all-time in NCAA postseason play.
- UCLA improved to 34-0 this year when scoring six or more runs, 33-3 when scoring first and 19-1 when scoring in the first inning.
- The Bruins set a school record for most home runs in a season (97) after Andrea Harrison (two) and Megan Langenfeld combined for three blasts in today’s game.
- UCLA improved to 3-1 all-time against Florida and to 1-1 against the Gators in the WCWS. Florida won the teams’ previous WCWS meeting in 2008.
- UCLA’s Harrison recorded her fourth-career two-homer game and drove in a career-high six runs.
- UCLA’s 16 runs were a season high. They have scored at least 10 runs in three straight games for the second time this season.
- UCLA’s nine runs in the sixth inning tied its own record for the most runs in one inning in the WCWS. The Bruins also scored nine runs in one inning in the 1992 WCWS against Massachusetts.
- UCLA’s Langenfeld recorded her fourth four-RBI game of the season. Today’s game also marked her 16th game of at least two RBIs this season and the 47th of her career.
- Langenfeld relieved starting pitcher Aleah Macon in the second inning and picked up her 12th win of the year against one loss. Langenfeld did not give up a run in 5.0 innings of work. She allowed four hits and struck out three.
- UCLA’s 16 runs were the most allowed by Florida this season and the most surrendered by the Gators in a WCWS game.
- Florida dropped to 1-2 in Women’s College World Series openers and moved to 6-5 overall in the WCWS.
- Today’s run-rule defeat was Florida’s first since March 3, 2007 (also against UCLA).
UCLA HEAD COACH KELLY INOUYE-PEREZ
“This team started off this year on a mission. They were ready to compete against the game and I’m very proud of their ability to come out and not play the scoreboard and just continue to compete until the game was over. They played as one, it was a team effort and it’s a great time to be playing your best ball.”
On what’s special about Megan Langenfeld coming out of the bullpen:
“She has a competitive mentality, she knows how to compete. She knows how to pitch, she knows how to compete, and I believe she thrives in that situation. I could put her in at any time and it builds good confidence for this team. She has great experience, and she has done a lot for this team and their mentality. You’ve got to ask her, if you could cut her open I always say that I wish I could take some of that and give it to everyone. She loves to compete.”
UCLA SENIOR FIRST BASEMAN/PITCHER MEGAN LANGENFELD
On if this was one of the best games of her career:
“I was just trying to do whatever I could to help the team and luckily I was just seeing the ball today. My pitches were working. Luckily, my teammates had my back and when maybe the pitch wasn’t quite where it needed to be we were able to make some plays. The hitting kind of just came for everyone. It wasn’t just me; everyone seemed to have a great game today. Overall, it was a great team win against a really good Florida team.”
FLORIDA HEAD COACH TIM WALTON
“I think UCLA did a great job today. They really pitched well and capitalized on some mistakes. (Stephanie) Brombacher did a good job setting the tempo. When we came back with three, obviously we tied the ball game up, and I thought we did a good job fighting in that inning. Had a couple of chances a little bit later on, but we weren’t really able to muster any kind of momentum. We got deflated there in the sixth inning when (Erin) Schuppert had to come in and pitch. It is what it is, and thought we played well. It’s a bummer to be sitting up here getting run ruled in the College World Series, but at least we are here. There are probably a lot of people sitting at home watching this and complaining. But we are happy where we are at and we just have to do a good job coming back and finding a way to rebound after this loss.”
On the difficulty of losing the first game:
“Next to impossible is probably a good word. It’s difficult. I hope my team takes that next-to-impossible approach and finds a way to win from this. It’s really difficult, you know, especially the way it is set up and the way the format is. You get a day off. We rest right now, we rest tomorrow and then we’ve got to come back to play two, and play two again, and then we get out of here. We’ve faced adversity. I think we have only lost 19 games in the last three years. So I think we will find a way to figure some things out.”
On his team’s illegal pitches:
“UCLA is a heck of a ball club and they played a heck of a game and they did a great job. I hate for us to deflect away from a team that played their butts off and beat us. I don’t want to lose that. I think everybody can argue about the illegal pitches and argue about the rules, all of that stuff. But you still have a team that beat another team. Whether the pitches were defective or not, who cares at this point in time? That’s the rules committee’s job, it’s not our job to go out there and worry about it. UCLA played a heck of a ball game, they had a heck of a game plan and they were hitting Stephanie pretty good. Give them credit. I think that has to be said, too.”
FLORIDA JUNIOR PITCHER STEPHANIE BROMBACHER
On her illegal pitches:
“I mean, I’ve know that’s been a problem, but I’d thought I’d taken care of it. I’m doing the best I can.”
On how she practices eliminating illegal pitches:
“Just a string we use in the bullpen; put it down in front of my toe. And every time I drag it with me, that means my foot’s dragging. (The string’s) name is Larry.”
FLORIDA JUNIOR CATCHER TIFFANY DEFELICE
On her thoughts after her bases-loaded double that tied the game at 3-3 in the second:
“My thoughts were that the game wasn’t over yet. I was really excited to be able to have an opportunity to help out my team and be able to get a little momentum going. Hopefully that would carry us into the next inning and Steph (Brombacher) would come out and make her pitches, and we’d be good.”
On the frustration of Florida being called for illegal pitches:
“I mean it is frustrating, but the more you let it eat at you the more you dig yourself into your own hole. You just have to try to brush it off the best you can and just keep winning.”
Game 3: Tennessee 9, Arizona 0 (5 Innings)
- Tennessee (48-13) improved to 4-0 in Women’s College World Series openers with a 9-0 run-rule
win (five innings) over Arizona (48-12).
- Tennessee improved to 38-4 this year when it scores first, 40-3 when leading after four innings and 24-2 when it scores five or more runs.
- Tonight’s game marked Tennessee’s first run-rule victory in the Women’s College World Series. The Lady Vols improved to 11-6 in their four WCWS appearances and to 38-16 in the NCAA tournament.
- Tennessee has scored at least three runs in an inning 62 times this season following its four-run third inning and three-run fourth frame tonight. The Lady Vols have recorded at least one three-run inning in 44 of their 61 games this season.
- Tennessee improved to 5-3 all-time against Arizona in the Women’s College World Series.
- Tonight’s game marked Tennessee’s 19th run-rule victory this season. The Lady Vols have won 20 games this season by at least nine runs.
- Tennessee drew a WCWS-record-tying nine walks in the game.
- Tennessee freshman Ivy Renfroe threw her 13th complete game and sixth solo shutout of the season in her Women’s College World Series debut.
- Renfroe notched her 30th win this year against four losses. She joined Monica Abbott as the only two pitchers in Tennessee history to reach the 30-victory plateau.
- Erin Webb entered today’s game as one of just three Tennessee players with Women’s College World Series experience. The senior recorded her 40th-career double and drove in her 121st and 122nd runs.
- Arizona, making its 22nd WCWS appearance, dropped to 57-30 in the event and to 139-39 in the NCAA tournament.
- The last time Arizona scored a run in the Women’s College World Series was in 2008 when the Wildcats lost to Alabama, 5-1.
- The Wildcats have gone 33 innings without scoring an earned run in the WCWS and have been outscored 32-1 in their last five WCWS games. The last time Arizona scored an earned run in the event was in 2007 when it beat Tennessee, 5-0.
TENNESSEE CO-HEAD COACH RALPH WEEKLY
“Let me first say that Arizona is a storied and a strong and a great program run by a great staff. Every time we play them it’s a challenge and again tonight our kids came out really fired up. They played very hard, would not be denied and a lot of things went our way. But a lot of the breaks we made, too.”
On if he thought Arizona might be called for illegal pitches based on the number called in the preceding game:
“The way it’s defined, it’s an illegal pitch. There are a lot of pitchers pitching illegal in the country. I will definitely not make a comment on Arizona’s pitchers. That’s their business and that’s between them and the umpires. I never requested any assistance; our team never suggested she was pitching illegal. There are a lot of people jumping in the air and getting a big push off. We had that happen with us early on (this season) and we corrected it. That’s why we don’t get called for it.”
On whether he thought the illegal pitch calls rattled Arizona:
“Honestly, I don’t think so. I was listening and talking to Mike (Candrea) and listening to their coaches, and again, they are eight-time champions. I don’t think much rattles them. I think only two of our runs were scored off the illegal pitches. He seemed to be very calm and dealing with it. I know it upset him. It would upset any coach. I never see Mike Candrea as being rattled.”
On Tennessee’s strategy to take a lot of pitches and work deep in the count:
“Obviously, there was. (Arizona starter) Kenzie (Fowler) has been injured. She is a very good pitcher and that is what we told our kids at the start. We wanted her to throw as many pitches as she would have to throw. If you look on paper, they are a stronger team than we are. I think our kids have a lot of heart this time of the season. We are trying to win the best way we can win and we are trying to have a game plan that helps us that way.”
TENNESSEE FRESHMAN PITCHER IVY RENFROE
On her pitching strategy tonight:
“It’s really our coach that has the strategy. She calls the pitches and I just throw them where she puts them. We have to work on, when playing big teams like Arizona, hitting our spots. She usually calls pitches and I throw them where she calls them.”
TENNESSEE SENIOR FIRST BASEMAN ERINN WEBB
On her offensive performance:
”I want to finish my senior season strong. I want to be a leader for this team. These girls deserve it and I want to be able to help them keep continuing in this tournament. We have a never-die attitude and we fight. I am going to be there fighting with them and giving them everything I have.”
TENNESSEE FRESHMAN OUTFIELDER KAT DOTSON
On her nerves for her first WCWS game:
“The first at-bat I was a little bit anxious and I think the first result showed it. I tried every at-bat after that to be smarter and I think it showed.”
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA
“First off I would like to congratulate Tennessee for doing their job. On the other hand, it was a very difficult game to go through for a couple of reasons. I don’t know how many illegal pitches there were, but that kind of set the tone for the game and, illegal or not illegal, I think one of the big things that is confusing to us as coaches is you play all year to get to here and what they were calling tonight has never been called. So how does the kid fix it when she thinks she hasn’t done anything wrong? Second thing is, I believe that if the rule came from the coaches association, which most things do in our sport, it might be a little easier to understand because the way the interpretations have come this year, they came in February and they started calling all of these illegal pitches. I would think that in most sports, if you’re going to make changes on the interpretation of a rule, then do it in August or September and give people warning as to what you’re going to call and how you’re going to call it.
“All I can say right now, I don’t feel sorry for us. Although I think at this arena, this young lady (pitcher Kenzie Fowler) deserved a lot more than what she got tonight and really made it tough. On the other hand, we didn’t do much to help ourselves out offensively. But you know, at this time of the year you have to play all parts of the game. You have to pitch, play defense, get some timely hits. You can’t have anything that goes on vacation when you get to the College World Series, and tonight we just made it tough on ourselves and they took advantage.”
On moving forward:
“We’ve got our work cut out, and like I told the girls, we can sit around and feel sorry for ourselves — which we’re not going to do. We need to regroup and get ready for the next game with whoever we play. I’ve seen things happen at the College World Series. You’ve got to win the first one to win the second one, third one, fourth one and fifth one. I’ve seen it happen. By no means is this team going to throw in the towel.”
On his team’s offensive struggles at the WCWS the last few years:
“One of the things you have to have here is short-term memory — keep doing what you’re doing and things will turn around. We’re a decent hitting team. We’ve had our struggles, but I think the more you talk about it the worse it gets. It’s over with. We’ve got 48 hours to put a game together and get back on a roll. That’s the big thing.”
ARIZONA JUNIOR OUTFIELDER BRITTANY LASTRAPES
On how she is handling her illness and how it keeps her from being involved with the team:
“It’s hard because I’m a junior now, so I feel like I need to be a leader. But it’s been really hard traveling and the weather here is really tough. It’s definitely a struggle. I feel like all I can do now is have good at-bats and get on base and sort of lead with my play, knowing that I can’t really be cheering as much as I want to. I’m really worn out right now.”
ARIZONA SENIOR SHORTSTOP K’LEE ARREDONDO
On Tennessee pitcher Ivy Renfro:
“She threw a little bit faster than we’ve seen the last few weeks, and we just weren’t getting it on time. She was just throwing it by us. I don’t think we made the adjustments.”
ARIZONA FRESHMAN PITCHER KENZIE FOWLER
On the explanation that she was given by umpires on illegal pitches:
“I asked what I was doing wrong. I was leaving the mound when I took off. I’ve never been called for it in my life, but obviously I need to fix it within 48 hours.”
On how the umpires’ calls affected her pitching the rest of the game:
“Honestly, I felt like I was really prepared for the game, really focused. I have been preparing for this all week and I don’t think I could have prepared better. I thought that I was pitching well, but it’s hard to rebound from something that is so dramatic, and something that can change the game when a girl should be out and is safe. Obviously I need to fix it, but it is hard to recover from something that just totally ruins your rhythm.”
On how she’ll prepare for the next game:
“Just go look at film, and see what I do. If I need to go out and pitch tomorrow and fix it until it looks legal, I’ll do that. But with 48 hours I will fix it.”
Game 4: Georgia 6, Washington 3
- Georgia (49-11) won its Women’s College World Series opener for the first time with a 6-3 upset over No. 3 seed Washington, the tournament’s highest-remaining seed. The Huskies fell to 50-8.
- Georgia improved to 4-2 all-time in the WCWS and to 30-16 overall in the NCAA tournament.
- Georgia notched its 13th come-from-behind win this season. It was the Bulldogs’ fourth victory after at least a three-run deficit.
- Georgia improved to 38-0 when it scores at least six runs this season and to 10-7 when the opponent scores first.
- Georgia recorded 11 hits tonight, its most in a WCWS game.
- Kristyn Sandberg hit Georgia’s first home run of the WCWS for the second year in a row. The sophomore hit the Bulldogs’ first homer in last year’s WCWS against Missouri.
- Megan Wiggins hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie. The round-tripper was her 16th home run this season, tying for the second most in Georgia history.
- Wiggins went 2-for-4 tonight to break the Georgia record for a hitting streak (now at 21 games). She has reached base in 31 straight games.
- Wiggins drove in a career-high-tying four runs for fifth time in her career. She upped her season RBI total to 58, which ranks fifth in school history.
- Taylor Schlopy scored her 77th run this season, just one shy of the Georgia record set by Nicole Barber in 2003.
- Georgia sophomore pitcher Erin Arevalo earned the win in relief. She gave up three hits while striking out four in 4.1 scoreless innings.
- Washington dropped to 20-16 in the Women’s College World Series. This is its 10th WCWS appearance.
- The Huskies are 5-2 in their last seven games in the WCWS. Both losses were to Georgia.
- Washington recorded its 32nd game of the season with no errors. The Huskies have made just 36 errors over 58 games on the year.
- Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie notched her 146th career complete game and her 29th complete game in the postseason. She gave up six runs (all earned) on 11 hits while striking out five in falling to 40-4 on the year. She entered the game with a 1.00 ERA.
- The lower seeded team won each of the four games today.
GEORGIA HEAD COACH LU HARRIS-CHAMPER
“I’m just excited about the game. I thought the team played really hard and really well as a team. It’s just fun to see them come out with so much heart and grit and just play as one.”
On the pitching performance from freshman Alison Owen:
“I was super proud of Alison (Owen) and I was really proud of all of our pitchers. We’ve been working all year long getting everybody in the circle. I think that all three of them added something to the game tonight. It was nice that Erin (Arevalo) came in and kept us going, got some middle innings in there and then it was really sweet to see Alison, who works so hard as well, come in and be able to close it out.”
On playing in the winners’ bracket:
“I don’t know that it feels that much different other than we are just going to continue to fight one game at a time, fight for our lives so to speak. I was super proud of the team for coming out like they did. To see Ashley Pauly hit the way she did, (Laura) Trout to come out of the eight and nine spot and come up with the hits, Sandy (Kristyn Sandbeg) getting a hold of one and setting the tone and (Erin) Wiggins just being Wiggins. It’s a pretty fun night.”
GEORGIA JUNIOR OUTFIELDER MEGAN WIGGINS
On making adjustments against Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie:
“We just took it like any other game. We prepared as a team with film and everything like that. We just focused on what we could do and what we did best. We just took it from there and focused on banding together and fighting as one.”
On building on the team’s success against Washington last year:
“I think we come in the same in any other game and it’s a big game and a big night at the World Series right now. I think like Coach said, we have a lot of heart, we have a lot of fight. And when you add that plus 27 people in one dugout, I think you have great success with whatever you do. I think we showed that tonight.”
GEORGIA SOPHOMORE INFIELDER ASHLEY PAULY
On going 3-for-3 at the plate:
”It’s really great. We work hard and everyone on our team works hard at practice. Just to come out at the World Series and to come out swinging was great for our team and myself. It set the tone for the week.”
HEAD COACH HEATHER TARR
“Clearly we’re disappointed in not scoring runs. We obviously had a lot of opportunities and we didn’t get any clutch hits, and we stopped swinging the bats like we needed to. We ultimately created that for ourselves. I thought we played pretty decent defense behind Danielle (Lawrie). We had some amazing plays. That play that (shortstop) Jenn (Salling) made was huge, and the play (second baseman) Kimi Pohlman cut off in right field was big. They got a lot more clutch hits than we did, and we’ve got to move forward. I know our team is not going to die down. We’ve had our backs against the wall a couple times, and we’ll see what happens.”
On her message going forward:
“This could have been a game that we played four weeks ago, but obviously when you play it in Oklahoma City and it’s the first game out, it creates different pressures and a different scenario. But we have to continue to get better, and the next thing is to get to the next thing that we have to do. The more we dwell on it and the more we listen to ‘What happened, what happened, what happened?’ – that’s not going to help us get forward. That’s really the urgency we all have. ‘OK, that happened. You’ve got to put it behind you and move forward.”
On what she makes of all of the lower seeds winning today:
“It really doesn’t mean anything to me. Obviously, all of the better teams won tonight. The teams that were playing better tonight won. That’s what it comes down to. The game doesn’t know who’s ranked. That’s the cool part. That’s why we play.”
WASHINGTON SENIOR PITCHER DANIELLE LAWRIE
On if this game serves the same purpose as the loss to Oklahoma in the super regional first game:
“Georgia is a great hitting team. They put the bat on the ball. I don’t look at it as a wake-up call by any means. I think as an offense and me with some pitches in different situations, I think we can kind of look at that and see what you want to bring different, and do what you need to do to get prepared.”
On if anything bothered her during Georgia’s comeback:
“If I look at it, I feel like there were a lot of hits that just got over the infield. Obviously they got their home runs, two of them, but when I look at it I feel that there was a lot that just went over Jenn’s (Salling) head or just went over Amanda’s (Fleischman) head. Sometimes that’s tough, because when you’re facing a good offensive team and they’re getting breaks like that constantly, it can be hard on you. I think a lot of stuff fell for them today. Hats off to them. They’re a good hitting team, and when that happens and you have home run power, you’re in a good spot.”
WASHINGTON JUNIOR SHORTSTOP JENN SALLING
On if she felt Shawna Wright was going to hit a home run in the final inning:
“Honestly, I felt that if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be Shawna. When she hit that foul ball home run I really felt that she was going to do it. Sometimes it just doesn’t go our way, that’s just how this game works. She had a good at-bat, she battled and at the end that’s all you can ask for.”