UPDATED NOTES QUOTES
Game 6: Tennessee 7, Georgia 5
- Tennessee (49-13) improved to 12-6 in Women’s College World Series games with a 7-5 victory over Georgia (49-12). The Lady Volunteers are now 39-16 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
- Georgia dropped to 4-3 all-time in the WCWS and to 30-17 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
- Four of the five contests between the two teams this season have been decided by two runs or less.
- Tennessee moved to 41-3 this year when leading after four innings and to 18-0 when hitting a home run.
- Tennessee’s Jessica Spigner and Lauren Gibson scored the first two runs of the contest in the second inning on wild pitches by Georgia’s Erin Arevalo.
- Erinn Webb hit her second career grand slam in the third inning to give the Lady Vols a 6-0 advantage over the Bulldogs. Both of Webb’s grand slams have come this year against Georgia. Tonight’s was the sixth grand slam in WCWS history. Four of the other five occurred last year.
- Webb is 2-for-6 at the plate in two 2010 WCWS games with two runs and six RBI. The senior has three home runs in this year’s NCAA tournament.
- The Lady Vols upped their home run total to 51 on the year, one shy of the school single-season mark set in 1996.
- Through two games at the 2010 WCWS, Tennessee has scored 16 runs. The Lady Vols’ previous WCWS high for runs scored was 10 (in five contests) in 2005.
- Tennessee freshman Ivy Renfroe (31-4) picked up the win and registered a season-high 10 strikeouts.
- Georgia’s Sarah McCloud (13-2) started the contest in the circle for the Bulldogs and was relieved after one inning of work (faced one batter in the second inning). The junior walked one and threw two wild pitches in giving up one run.
- The Bulldogs pitching staff threw a total of four wild pitches in the contest, all in the second inning. The four wild pitches represent the second most thrown by a team in a WCWS game (UCLA had five against Arizona in 1991).
- Megan Wiggins extended her hitting streak to 22 games, a Georgia single-season record. The junior has also reached base in 32 straight contests.
- Georgia’s Ashley Pauly is 5-for-6 at the plate with a run and an RBI during two games of the WCWS.
- Georgia has scored five or more runs in its last seven contests, posting a 6-1 record during that span.
- Today’s Session 3 featuring Hawai’i vs. UCLA and Georgia vs. Tennessee set a WCWS single-session attendance record with 8,694 spectators.
The visiting team has won all six games of this year’s WCWS
TENNESSEE 7, GEORGIA 5
TENNESSEE CO-HEAD COACH RALPH WEEKLY
“It was a typical Sunday game in the SEC. It’s almost like that every day, and I’m not belittling. We’re both very fortunate to be here at the Women’s College World Series. This is the fifth time we’ve played Georgia, and the first time was our opening SEC game (in March). We had a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, and they beat us. Our pitchers were really young at that time, and they’ve improved quite a bit. Georgia’s a great team, great offensive team. They just keep coming at you. They’re in attack mode the whole time. I couldn’t be more proud of these kids. They refuse to lose.”
On if Ivy Renfroe will carry Tennessee through the WCWS:
“I hate to say that because the one thing you haven’t seen yet is Cat (Hosfield). Ivy brings a lot of things to the team, but Cat does as well. I think you’re going to see that before this tournament is over. Ivy is certainly a huge part of this team. But, I think with our kids, if you look at it, the stars are different every game. When I go out and speak, I tell people that we’re playing ‘fastpitch.’ It’s not ‘fastrun’ or ‘fastthrow’ or ‘fasthit.’ The team with the best pitcher usually wins. So, the pitcher is really important, and Ivy is a huge part of this team.”
On the possibility of Cat Hosfield entering the game in the seventh after Georgia drew to within two:
“No. And, it had nothing to do with Cat. (Co-head coach) Karen (Weekly) and I talked about it. We thought the one thing that might get to Georgia is speed, and Ivy was over-powering at least some of their batters. It’s very tough to make a change like that to bring someone in who hasn’t pitched in the game. The other thing is that it always gives the other team momentum when you change pitchers. We decided we were going to live and die with Ivy.”
On senior Erinn Webb:
“We have a highlight film from 2007, her freshman season, and she hit a ball out to beat Hawai’i at our place in our regional. She had a great swing. I have always believed in her swing. I don’t care if she’s hitting .210 or whatever. She’s just a clutch hitter and a kid that’s going to come through and get it done.
We checked the figures earlier today to see who had success against Georgia and who has had success in the last 16 games. She’s hitting .390-something with four home runs. She hit a grand slam against Georgia (this year) at our place, too. I wouldn’t trade her for the world.”
TENNESSEE FRESHMAN PITCHER IVY RENFROE
On her mental state following Georgia’s three-run home run in the seventh:
“I just thought about being confident and not doubting my defense or myself. It was about just relaxing and going after them.”
On the difference in facing Georgia now compared to in March:
“I’m just hitting my spots and knowing where to put the ball. I’ve definitely grown up. Facing more and more hitters has helped.”
TENNESSEE SENIOR FIRST BASEMAN ERINN WEBB
On how well she’s hitting the ball lately:
“I’m seeing the ball really well right now. This is the postseason, and it’s my favorite time of the year. I’m having fun and staying relaxed and that’s helping out a lot right now.”
TENNESSEE FRESHMAN OUTFIELDER RAVEN CHAVANNE
On hitting well in the postseason:
“I think I was struggling because I was over-thinking everything. I think I was letting everything get to me. I had a talk with Coach Karen (Weekly), and she just told me to relax. I’ve been taking it one at-bat at a time instead of thinking about the multiple outcomes that could happen. I’m just staying relaxed and getting good results so far.”
On the decision to slap or swing away:
“It’s my decision. Coach Ralph and Coach Karen are pretty good at letting me choose what I want to do. I have a pretty good success rate at swinging away against (Georgia’s Alison) Owen. I knew in that situation that I needed to get on and the best way for me to do that was to hit t
GEORGIA HEAD COACH LU HARRIS-CHAMPER
“Obviously we’re disappointed that we lost, but I think that we did have some innings where we had some good things happen. I thought that (Megan) Wiggins continued to be amazing at the plate, just an incredible spark for the team on the field and at the plate and in the dugout and being a great leader. I thought that (Ashley) Razey had some clutch hits and that (Ashley) Pauly again had a big night.”
On drawing to within two runs after falling behind 7-0:
“I think that we had a lot of opportunities that we could have capitalized on, we just didn’t swing the bat. You have to get up there and you have to take your hacks if you want to come out on top. I was proud that we were able to get somewhere late in the game, but I think we had opportunity to get more.”
On having to play an elimination game in less than 24 hours:
“I don’t think we’ve been here before, so we’re going to come out, we’re going to fight, going to scratch and fight for our lives like we did tonight, like we did last night. We’re just going to come out and play hard.”
On what’s different about Tennessee since the teams played in Knoxville in March:
“To me it’s (pitcher Ivy) Renfro. I think she’s really maturing and you have to tip your hat and say it’s nice to see a kid that young coming out and hitting her location and doing a good job with the ball. And from what I hear she’s a fantastic young person, so that even makes it better.”