WCWS DAY 3 NOTES QUOTES
Game 7: Florida 5, Missouri 0
- Florida (49-9) improved to 2-0 all-time against Missouri and moved to 7-5 in WCWS action. The Gators are 27-22 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
- Florida freshman Brittany Schutte hit two home runs in a game for the first time this season. She connected for a two-run blast in the fourth inning and followed with a solo shot in the sixth. She has 18 home runs on the year (tied for the second most in single-season school history) and five in the NCAA tournament.
- Junior Kelsey Bruder hit her fifth home run of the NCAA tournament with a solo shot down the right field line in the fifth inning that pushed Florida’s lead to 3-0.
- Florida pitcher Stephanie Brombacher tossed her 12th shutout of the season in moving to 35-7. The junior surrendered six hits and recorded six strikeouts in the victory.
- The Gators have 108 home runs on the year, the most in Florida and Southeastern Conference single-season history.
- Missouri (51-13) dropped to 1-10 all-time in the WCWS and to 25-31 all-time in NCAA tournament.
- Missouri finished the 2010 campaign with a school-record 51 wins. The previous mark was 50 wins set by last year’s team.
- The Tigers were shut out for only the fifth time this season. The last time they were shut out was May 16 in a 9-0 (six innings) loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship title game.
- Missouri’s Rhea Taylor finished the year with a .452 batting average, a single-season school record. She was 5-for-7 at the plate with two runs and an RBI during this year’s WCWS. Taylor finished the year with 85 hits, the second most in Tigers history.
- Taylor picked up her 48th stolen base of the season in the top of the first inning. The 48 swipes rank as the second most in a season in Missouri history.
- Missouri pitcher Kristin Nottelmann (24-9) pitched five complete innings and took the loss. She allowed three hits and three runs (all earned) before being relieved by senior Jana Hainey. Nottelmann finished the year with a 2.09 ERA.
- Through seven games of the WCWS, no base runner has been caught stealing. The teams are 9-for-9 in stolen bases attempts.
- All seven WCWS games have seen at least five runs scored.
FLORIDA 5, MISSOURI 0
FLORIDA HEAD COACH TIM WALTON
“First of all, I want to congratulate Missouri on a great season. Obviously, they are a really good team and have played really well to get to this point. I’ve been there on that side of the coin. It’s not an easy feeling, but they played well. Obviously, you’ve got to give credit to our players today. I thought we did a good job coming back defensively. (As far as) pitching, Stephanie (Brombacher) was really good, especially when she needed to be when there were a couple of runners on base. Then offensively, the key to the College World Series is getting clutch hits when you need them, and I thought we had three of those clutch hits.”
On the impact of freshman Brittany Schutte:
“I’m just looking at her stats here and she has 18 home runs, 58 RBI’s. That wasn’t a freshman running around the bases out there — just a really good player. We knew how good she was going to be during the recruiting process and (are) thankful that she chose us over some other great schools. She’s a hard worker and has really developed herself into a ferocious hitter. She can hit any pitch out of the ballpark at any given time and is really having a great tournament for us so far.”
On the irony of Florida’s first meeting against Georgia this year coming in the WCWS:
“I asked someone who we were playing on the way up (to the press conference), so I guess that’s irony. The big thing is I know how well Georgia has been playing. I know they lost last night, but they are a heck of a ball club and have been really doing a good job this season. It doesn’t matter what inning they’re in — they are going to fight to the end. It’s going to be a big challenge, and I guess the winner of this game can take the series for the season.”
FLORIDA JUNIOR OUTFIELDER KELSEY BRUDER
On her defensive play in the first inning:
“I thought it was big for our momentum. I was able to set my feet good under it. We work on taking that play two different ways. If I was deeper I would have gone home. I knew I was shallow and I knew Corrie (Brooks) is a strong third baseman and could handle the throw.”
On her home run:
“She had been going away on me so it caught me a little bit by surprise — the inside pitch. But I was able to get my hands through and it worked out.”
FLORIDA FRESHMAN DESIGNATED PLAYER BRITTANY SCHUTTE
On her two home runs:
“The first one was an inside pitch and the other one was an outside (one). (I was) just looking for something over the plate for me to drive.”
FLORIDA JUNIOR PITCHER STEPHANIE BROMBACHER
On how important getting a shutout today was for her confidence:
“Just getting a win is important; that’s what we’re going for right now. It just gave me confidence. But my defense did a great job and it’s easy to pitch well win the hitters score runs.”
On working out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning:
“I just trusted my pitches, maybe a little bit more than I did against UCLA. It just worked out for me this time.”
MISSOURI HEAD COACH EHREN EARLEYWINE
“I’ll just tell you guys the same thing that I told the girls. I feel sorry for them that this weekend was the weekend that our bats decided not to show up. It was unfortunate because we have a good softball team. I’m not sure how far we could have gone in the tournament, but in both of those games I felt like we were a competitive team. We had a lot of opportunities with runners left on base and we didn’t knock anybody in. It’s unfortunate because these kids had a really good season. Most people didn’t expect them to be here in the first place. It would have been nice to win at least one game to solidify the fact that maybe we do belong. We know in our hearts that we belong; it was just an unfortunate offensive weekend for us. I would like for it to be a magical, much deeper and philosophical thing than that but we really just picked a bad weekend not to swing the bats.”
On the number of home runs in the Women’s College World Series:
“I think over the last five years, that’s the way the game has been heading. I think this year in particular it’s just coincidence. I don’t think anybody has a more-juiced bat or harder ball or better mechanics. I just think, in general, it’s a trend that’s been happening over the last four or five years. I think it will continue and who knows what the NCAA will end up doing about that. I don’t know if you scoot the fences back, or soften the ball, or deaden the bats or scoot the pitchers back. There are a lot of options if that’s what people want to do. I think it’s just a five-year trend that continues to move forward.”
On the season as a whole:
“Let’s make no mistake. We are not satisfied with just being at the College World Series. None of us are saying that this is the pinnacle of where Mizzou softball wants to be. Everything we are doing is based on ‘How we can win a national championship? What pieces do we have to put in place? How do we have to get better mentally? How can we get better physically?’ The whole deal. Because we just don’t want to celebrate being average. Not to say that being at the College World Series is average, but that contentment is not a part of who we want to be.”
MISSOURI SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER ASHLEY FLEMING
On her performance at the plate today:
“I take a lot of the blame offensively because all three of my at-bats I came up with runners in scoring position. They just had my number today. They kept throwing me away. My second at-bat, I don’t know if it was a strike or not, but I should have been protecting with two strikes. After that they just kept throwing away to me and I just wasn’t connecting.”
MISSOURI JUNIOR OUTFIELDER RHEA TAYLOR
On the size of the gap between Missouri and a WCWS champion:
“I don’t think it’s a large gap at all. We got here; we’re in the top eight. We can compete with anybody. Just like Coach said, we all know that our bats weren’t there and the name of the game is pitching. When our offense is on, it’s on. I don’t see a big gap at all between us and whoever wins.”
MISSOURI SENIOR PITCHER JANA HAINEY
On her career:
“Honestly, I was a kid at 18 coming in here and I didn’t know what to expect. I never would have imagined being here twice. It’s been awesome, but obviously you wish you could go out on a win. But the reality of it is not too many people do. I couldn’t have asked for 21 better girls and coaching staff. It’s been a great career here at Mizzou.”
Game 8: Arizona 4, Washington 3
- Arizona (50-9) defeated Washington (49-12) for the first time this season, 4-3. Washington won all three regular season meetings (April 9-11 in Seattle) and outscored the Wildcats 18-4 in those contests.
- Arizona improved to 57-22 all-time against Washington and to 7-1 against the Huskies in postseason action. The Wildcats also improved to 58-30 all-time in Women’s College World Series play and to 140-39 in the NCAA tournament.
- The Wildcats have now won 50 or more games in a season 16 times.
- Washington dropped to 20-17 all-time in the WCWS and to 72-33 all-time in NCAA tournament action.
- Lauren Schutzler’s RBI single in the third inning ended Arizona’s streak of 35 innings without an earned run. Prior to today, the Wildcats’ last earned run in Oklahoma City came in a 5-0 victory over Tennessee in 2007.
- The Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak in WCWS play since winning the national championship in 2007.
- Arizona improved to 43-0 when leading after four innings and to 28-2 when it scores first.
- Arizona freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler (35-7) picked up the complete-game win, surrendering one earned run on seven hits. She struck out eight.
- Arizona’s K’Lee Arredondo recorded her 23rd multi-hit game of the year. She was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
- Arizona scored three of its four runs with two outs.
- Washington committed three errors in the game, marking only the second time this season they have committed three or more errors. The Huskies recorded four miscues against Ohio on Feb. 12 in their second game of the year.
- Washington senior Amanda Fleischman committed two errors in the loss, the only two miscues by the infielder in 22 career NCAA tournament games.
- Washington’s Danielle Lawrie (40-5) allowed four runs (just one of them earned) on six hits. She struck out seven of the first eight batters she faced in the contest and finished with 12 strikeouts. It was her 28th game this season with at least 10 strikeouts.
- Lawrie finished her career as the Huskies’ career leader in seven different pitching categories, including wins (136) and strikeouts (1,860).
- Niki Williams went 2-for-2 at the plate today and was 4-for-6 with a run and two RBI in Washington’s two contests at the WCWS.
- The visiting teams are now 7-1 in this year’s WCWS.
4, WASHINGTON 3
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA
“First of all, I just want to tip my hat to Washington and the great run that they have had. Being a conference foe, you obviously hate to have to face one another. It was a great day for the Wildcats. I think we finally got a chance to just play the game. Kenzie (Fowler) threw a heck of a ball game and we had some people really step up. We’re kind of used to those games in conference play and I think for the first time in awhile our kids played the game a little relaxed and with a little more confidence. I am very proud of them.”
On the controversial calls during the game:
“There were some interesting calls to say the least. I don’t even want to go there. I’ve talked a lot about it. Our job is to correct things. We would just like a little more information before the College World Series, which is what I said the other day. I admire Kenzie (Fowler) for fighting through what she did. For a freshman with the composure she showed throughout the day against a very tough team — it makes me really proud.”
On Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie:
“She’s a very special athlete. On the mound, what makes her tough is that she has command of so many pitches. She has great location. Her speeds can get up in the high 60s, which makes it tough no matter what. I really believe what makes her so special is her off-speed drop. That’s a very difficult pitch to pick up as a hitter and she throws with a lot of confidence. She’s able to keep hitters off balance but she’s also really good at locating pitches when she needs to. She’s a competitor. If you’ve watched her career — and I’ve seen it both internationally and where she is today — she’s a young lady that has a lot to be proud of for where she has come in this game. She’s a special athlete and is very deserving of everything she has got.”
On the team’s preparation for Washington:
“We knew it was going to be a tough one. I told the kids that we had to make the ground our friend. You’re not going to sit in there, swing away and expect to do much against (Lawrie). You have to make things happen. Karissa (Buchanan) really did get us going and you saw that the short game had a little effect. It’s tough to win when you make three errors and it’s tough to win, too, when you give people three and four and five opportunities at bat. We had some interesting situations where we had to reload again.”
ARIZONA SENIOR SHORTSTOP K’LEE ARREDONDO
On the team’s performance against Danielle Lawrie:
“I think we were all pretty confident. Karissa (Buchanan) got us going every time we scored. We put the ball in play and good things happened. We were in the game, our crowd was in the game. All around, it just got our juices going and we just wanted to score some runs.”
On the team’s mentality going into tonight’s game against Hawai’i:
“I think that today’s win for us was huge. I know our sophomore and junior class has never experienced a win at the College World Series. This was huge for them and it was huge for our entire team. We went 0-and-3 against Washington this whole year and for us to come out and beat them the way we did, it was a huge confidence boost. I think with pitching, defense, offense — I really believe it’s going to help us roll into tonight. We just have to put it all together again and come out swinging, playing defense, and hopefully Kenzie’s on her game again and we’re good.”
HEAD COACH HEATHER TARR
“If you would have told me before we started the postseason that we would have finished like this, I don’t think I would have believed it. Defensively, we broke down today, which was disappointing, but I guess it’s a part of the game. We’ve had clutch hits all year long. Offensively, very few times we struggled and, unlike last year, we just didn’t peak at the right time and we’re sitting here 0-and-2. But I couldn’t be more proud of what this (senior) class came here, started and left with. The senior class that began here in 2006-07, and Danielle in 2005-06 — they literally put a program back on the map. The best thing about where we’re at right now is that it’s at a strong spot and it’s going to stay there. It’s not a temporary success. They left a legacy and it’s going to live forever.”
On the controversial look-back call:
“I can’t explain it, I don’t know. It was unexplainable. We know the rule. I think if you look back, and some of the people that are on the rules committee that invented the rule, the Washington Huskies kind of made that rule happen in 1997-98. The rule was interpreted the way it was interpreted, saying that Jenn (Salling) stopped while the ball was in the circle with the pitcher in possession of the ball, and she didn’t (stop). She was en route, she had to stop and not go home and she tried to go back to third. I can’t explain it, it’s weird. I don’t know if they really knew. But, I like how we responded from it — get over it and get on with the game.”
On the controversial play at the plate in which Amanda Fleischman was called out in the third inning:
“I just didn’t see that she had a route to go find home plate to slide into. Arguably so, the umpire said the catcher had possession of the ball and I don’t really know what possession of the ball means. It means you’re bobbling the ball? Does that mean you have possession? Maybe I need to go to an umpire clinic and become more knowledgeable of these things. It was just odd; weird.”
On explaining her team’s three errors today:
“I don’t know; it’s weird. Uncharacteristic. Unfortunately at the wrong time.”
WASHINGTON SENIOR PITCHER DANIELLE LAWRIE
On her career coming to an end at Washington:
“Obviously it’s a tough one. I think the biggest thing that I’ll take from it is that I’m just proud to say that I went to the University of Washington. I helped them go to their first national championship. I was just a part of something that’s very unique and I’m leaving at peace. I’m OK with it. I mean, obviously I’m upset, but the stress that I’ve been putting on myself lately — I wanted to win, but right now I’m at peace and I’m happy. I’m disappointed we lost, but at the end of the day it was a good five years.”