ADDITIONAL DAY 3 NOTES
June 5 2010
Game 9: Georgia 3, Florida 2
- Georgia (50-12) snapped an eight-game losing streak to Florida (49-9) with its 3-2 victory. The Bulldogs’ most recent win over the Gators had been on April 15, 2006.
- Two of Georgia’s three opponents in the Women’s College World Series have been fellow members of the Southeastern Conference (Tennessee and Florida).
- Georgia improved to 17-28 all-time against Florida. The Bulldogs are now 5-3 all-time at the WCWS and 31-17 in the NCAA tournament.
- The regular season series between the two squads (March 10 in Athens, Ga.) was canceled due to inclement weather.
- Florida dropped to 7-6 in the WCWS and to 27-23 in NCAA tournament.
- Georgia junior Alisa Goler hit a two-run homer in the first inning, her 16th of the season and third of the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs have hit a program-record 99 home runs on the year.
- Georgia’s Megan Wiggins reached base (hit by pitch) for the 33rd consecutive game, but had her school-record 22-game hit streak snapped (she was 0-for-2).
- Taylor Schlopy scored her 78th run of the season in the first inning, tying the Georgia single-season record for runs.
- Georgia’s Erin Arevalo threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win. She gave up two hits and struck out six (including the final five batters) in moving to 20-6 on the year.
- Florida’s Lauren Heil scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to tie the game at 2-2. It was the third time in this year’s WCWS that Georgia surrendered a run on a wild pitch.
- Florida’s Brittany Schutte hit her third home run of the WCWS with a solo blast to center field in the fourth inning. Schutte finished the year with 19 home runs, a school record for freshman. Her 19 round trippers were the second most in Florida history (teammate Francesca Enea hit 20 this year).
- Schutte went 4-for-6 at the plate in Florida’s two games today with three home runs and four RBI.
- Through nine games, the WCWS field has combined for 19 home runs. The WCWS record of 24 home runs was set last year.
GEORGIA 3, FLORIDA 2
GEORGIA HEAD COACH LU HARRIS-CHAMPER
“I’m very proud of our team for coming out and fighting hard today. It was exciting to see everyone in the lineup get a hit, except for (Megan) Wiggins, but she got the hit-by-pitch and scored the game-winning run off of Brianna’s (Hesson) RBI. It was great to have the clutch hitting by (Alisa) Goler, getting a lead early and just the way the team battled all day. I was really proud of the pitchers for settling down and for Alison (Owen) giving us a strong start and for Erin (Arevalo) closing us strong.”
On the pitching performance from Alison Owen and Erin Arevalo:
“We are just looking for the best combination. The game is changing a little bit and so it’s nice to have more than one arm to depend on. I thought they combined very well today. They’re kind of opposites so it was nice to have a different look later in the game.”
On the team’s toughness:
“These kids are great. They work hard and I love them to death. I tell them that as often as I can and I hope they know that I mean it. They’re awesome, they’re so much fun to be around every day and they are fun to coach. It’s because they come out and they work hard and they play with a lot of heart.”
GEORGIA SOPHOMORE PITCHER ERIN AREVALO
On closing the game with five strikeouts in a row:
“I just had to go in there and pitch for ground balls, pitch for getting the outs. I knew my defense was behind me so as long as I did what I needed to do. I knew they would back me up.”
GEORGIA JUNIOR THIRD BASEMAN ALISA GOLER
On snapping their eight-game losing streak to Florida on this stage:
“It’s great. Florida is one of the best teams we will ever play. We are lucky to have them in the conference and get a chance to play them two games every year, and of course to beat them here in the World Series in the NCAA’s. Props to them for a great game. They’re an awesome team. I really hope that their seniors enjoyed their season; they did great.”
GEORGIA JUNIOR OUTFIELDER MEGAN WIGGINS
On how the team reloaded offensively in the fifth inning:
“I think in every inning we just look for sparks. We got a leadoff walk and that really set us off. Basics are something that we really work on as a team. I think that we do that really well, just adjusting inning-to-inning and pitch-by-pitch. Just having sparks as a team is what we really thrive on and I think we did that tonight.”
FLORIDA HEAD COACH TIM WALTON
“If you would have told me before the game started that it was going to be a 3-2 ball game with the offensive displays of both teams out of it, I probably would’ve not believed you. I thought Stephanie (Brombacher) really showed us a lot of heart today — really went out and gutted it out for 13 innings today and did a great job. We didn’t play our best; we played our hardest. I thought we went out and fought pretty heavily to the end. It’s just one of those things, like we talked about two days ago, how hard it is to come back from the losers’ bracket. Anytime you’re eliminated it really hurts.”
On Florida’s two seniors:
“To end the careers of two players, we wouldn’t have been here without those two. Francesca (Enea) and Corrie (Brooks) have done just a phenomenal job with what we were talking about in the early going. They’ve been to the College World Series three times, four super regional appearances, two SEC championships, two tournament championships and more wins than anybody else that’s suited up in this uniform. I’m really proud of those two; sad for those two as well. I’m very, very happy with their effort.”
On the pressure to win at Florida:
“I think overall it’s what every coach wants. If you don’t want to win and don’t want the pressure of winning then don’t come to Florida. There’s a lot of pressure to win and I wouldn’t want it any other way. If I lose that drive, lose that killer instinct, lose that will to work 365 days a year, I don’t want to do it at Florida. It’s not going to be worth it. I know we’ve got some great kids coming in. We’ve got some great kids going out.”
FLORIDA SENIOR THIRD BASEMAN CORRIE BROOKS
On Georgia pitcher Erin Arevalo striking out the last five batters:
“The pitcher came in and was throwing a really good game. We just didn’t make the adjustments we should’ve made. Her dropball was breaking really good and we weren’t making any adjustments at all. I don’t think we communicated real well with each other, such as the first person striking out going up to the next person. We could’ve done something different. We just didn’t communicate real well.”
On her senior season and career at Florida:
“We’ve had a lot of great things this year and in my past three years. Having an NCAA-record-winning season, four super regionals, three College World Series now. It’s been a great career for me. Obviously, I would’ve liked for it to end differently. One of our goals was to make it to the College World Series and we made it here and did the best that we can do. That’s all you can ask for.”
FLORIDA FRESHMAN DESIGNATED PLAYER/INFIELDER BRITTANY SCHUTTE
On her home run:
“It was a high and inside pitch. It just looked good.”
Game 10: Arizona 5, Hawai’i 1
- Arizona (50-12) improved to 12-0 all-time against Hawai’i. The Wildcats won the only previous meeting this season, 8-3, on Feb. 27 at the Cathedral City Classic in California.
- Arizona is now 59-30 all-time in the WCWS and 141-41 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
- After winning the 2007 national championship, Arizona dropped five straight WCWS contests before picking up two wins today. It defeated Pac-10 foe Washington (4-3) this afternoon before downing Hawai’i tonight.
- Hawai’i (50-16) dropped to 18-18 all-time in the NCAA tournament and to 1-2 in the WCWS. This year marked the first WCWS appearance for the Rainbow Wahine.
- Arizona senior K’Lee Arredondo recorded her fifth multi-hit game of the NCAA tournament. In today’s two contests, she was 4-for-7 with three RBI.
- In three games at this year’s WCWS, Arizona junior Brittany Lastrapes is 5-for-9 at the plate with three runs scored. She leads the team with 29 multi-hit games on the year.
- Arizona freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler (36-7) recorded the complete-game win, allowing just one earned run on only two hits. She struck out 13 batters.
- Fowler has racked up a WCWS-high 26 strikeouts through three games (17.0 innings). She has 62 strikeouts in the NCAA tournament.
- The Wildcats have gone five consecutive games without a home run, their longest drought since 2007.
- Hawaii’s Traci Yoshikawa hit her second home run of the WCWS and third of the NCAA tournament with a solo blast to left field in the third inning. The homer tied the game at 1-1 and upped her home run total to 13 on the year.
- Sophomore Stephanie Ricketts (30-10) took the loss in the circle for Hawai’i, surrendering five runs (two earned) on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work. Kaia Parnaby pitched 2.1 innings of hitless relief and struck out five Wildcats.
- This marked just the eighth time in 66 games this year that Hawai’i was held to one or no runs.
- Hawai’i homered in all three of its WCWS games and finished the year with an NCAA-record 158 home runs.
- Hawai’i accumulated 50 wins this season for the third time in school history (2007 was the last).
- Tonight’s attendance of 9,080 represents a WCWS single-session record, eclipsing last night’s previous record mark of 8,694. Through five sessions, 38,019 fans have entered the gates at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium (an average of 7,604 per session). The record for average session attendance for an entire WCWS is 6,724 (set last year).
ARIZONA 5, HAWAI’I 1
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA
“First off, I just want to congratulate Hawaii on a tremendous year. I know they have to feel good about what they accomplished. Today was a good day to be a Wildcat; a hard day, but we woke up this morning and said we were going to take it one pitch at a time and try to ride our way back and I think the team did a great job riding Kenzie (Fowler’s) tremendous performance through some adversity. She definitely threw not like a freshman but like a seasoned veteran. Tonight was nice to get our offense going for a little bit, too.”
On playing small ball:
“We talked about using the ground and the ground is our best friend this time of the year. Too many times I think we’re swinging the bat too darn hard. We have to less emphasize the power and just be on time and be more efficient. Our short game is obviously a big part of our offense. (Karissa) Buchanan has come up big for us. She’s like a leadoff hitter. She started a couple of rallies today and is really one of our hot hitters through the Pac-10 season. If you combine the two, I think the only downfall is eliminating strikeouts. If you put the ball in play I think your offense has a chance of producing some runs. Today we did a good job of putting the ball in play and made them play some defense, and things happened and we had a couple of key hits and scored some runs.”
On fixing the slump in the middle of the order:
“It’s nothing you can do overnight. I have a lot of confidence in these kids. I’ve seen them swing the bat and they were a big part of getting us here. Sometimes you get into this arena and you try a little too hard. Sometimes the thought process is just too much thinking and not enough of just see the ball, hit the ball. I think we just need to simplify things.”
On Sunday opponent Tennessee:
“They’re a good team with good balance. The one thing Tennessee has done is kind of copy the prototype we’ve been doing for years and that’s having some speed. Their first three hitters can cause a lot of havoc because they’re not one dimensional. They can short game, they can swing away. I think they’re a really balanced team. (Ivy Renfroe) is a pitcher that we need to try and figure out. If we’re going to get the job done we need to get to her. If we make contact and put the ball in play I think we’ll have an opportunity.”
ARIZONA FRESHMAN PITCHER KENZIE FOWLER
On her performance late in the game:
“Run support helps, obviously. I felt loose the last couple of innings. Hawaiii is a great team and if you miss your spot they’ll make you pay. I missed my spot on that one and she (Traci Yoshikawa) took it a long way. You can’t really miss with them and have to mix it around.”
HAWAI’I HEAD COACH BOB COOLEN
“I just want to thank this team for taking me on the journey of a lifetime. It was an incredible ride this year. It was unbelievable. Twenty-eight days on the road with these ladies and not once did they falter. They played to their best. Today was just too much to overcome. It was a great game for us.”
On Arizona’s small-ball game:
“We knew they would come out with small ball. They probably had a scouting report from Oregon, who beat us 4-3 with small ball. We finally defended Oregon but it was too little too late. They probably alluded to the fact that small ball would get them on and they scored early with that small ball. That was something that I knew would happen, but we just ran out of gas. Our players are banged up after 28 days on the road. We just unfortunately couldn’t go. The small ball is what hurt us early and then they started hitting the ball. Kaia (Parnaby) came in and did a nice job, but we were just behind too early, too often against two good ball clubs yesterday and today — two Pac-10 teams that are really good.”
On Arizona’s pitching:
“We just couldn’t catch up. Yesterday it was the screwball, today we just couldn’t catch up. We weren’t attacking the ball. Traci (Yoshikawa) was probably the one that attacked the out-pitch the best. The rest of the team was getting handcuffed. We just weren’t the same team that went out during the season and attacked the ball. I’m not sure if it’s just four weeks on the road and not having a home bed to sleep in. This is the culmination of it all, right here. I saw a lot of dropped balls behind the plate from catchers, and that’s fatigue. Those are things you don’t do when you have time off. Today, we gave it our best shot. Yesterday we gave it our best shot. The day before we gave it our best shot and won a game. That was exciting for us. I think the tank is dry. I’ve shed more tears up to this point. Today I won’t shed any more tears because I’m done shedding tears. This was just a great season that I will never forget.”
HAWAI’I SENIOR SECOND BASEMAN TRACI YOSHIKAWA
On her home run tonight:
“I was just seeing the ball really well today. Well, actually just the first at-bat. But I was studying her from the beginning since I’m the ninth batter. She was going inside and that’s what I’ve been struggling with. I was looking for it and she put it right there.”
On what she will remember most about this season:
“How close we were; we are a really close team. We had pretty much no drama at all. We backed each other every single time. We had fun playing the game of softball.”
HAWAI’I SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER ALEX AGUIRRE
On the season as a whole:
“It’s been really, I guess you could say, life-changing. When you have a team that’s as close as we are, it shows on the field. The chemistry that we have really brought out the best in all of us as players and just as people in general. It’s been a wild ride. We’re all sorry to see it end this way but we know that we went out with a bang and we really put our best foot forward.”
On the crowd support at the WCWS:
“I think it has a lot to do with the way we play. I think people see our chemistry and respect how we are good sports about everything. We are never upset or mad on the field; we have a good attitude about everything. That’s what you want to see in a softball game. You want to see people out there having fun and going all out and doing everything that they can to win. I think people see that and young girls are looking up to us now as that team that they want to be.”