Game 12: Arizona State 4, Baylor 0
- Top-seeded Arizona State advanced to the WCWS Championship Series after eliminating Baylor 4-0. ASU won its eighth game without a defeat in this year’s NCAA tournament as it improved to 58-6 on the year. Baylor ended its season with a record of 47-15 after making its second appearance in the WCWS.
- Under head coach Clint Myers, Arizona State is now 10-6 at the WCWS and 34-9 in the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils are 14-14 all-time at the WCWS.
- ASU improved to 5-1 all-time against Baylor.
- The Sun Devils improved to 50-2 this year when scoring first and to 47-1 when leading after four innings. Additionally, ASU is 48-0 when scoring 4-plus runs and 55-1 when out-hitting its opponent.
- Arizona State senior Mandy Urfer hit a two-run homer in the second to give ASU a 2-0 lead. The home run was Urfer’s 12th of the year and third in NCAA tournament action. Her five RBIs in the WCWS are tied for second most.
- ASU junior Annie Lockwood plated Kaylyn Castillo with a double in the fifth to up her team-best RBI total 68. The RBI moved Lockwood into sole possession of second on the ASU single-season RBI list with 68 and to eighth on the school’s career list with 116. Current Sun Devil Krista Donnenwirth owns the single-season record with 74 RBIs in 2008.
- Arizona State freshman pitcher Dallas Escobedo improved to 35-3 on the year. Escobedo recorded eight strikeouts in the complete-game shutout, giving up five hits and one walk while striking out eight.
- Baylor junior third baseman Megan Turk continued her string of consecutive at-bats without a walk. Her last walk came on April 17, 2010, at Nebraska (245 at-bats ago).
- Baylor exits the WCWS without scoring a run in innings one through seven. The Bears’ only runs came in extra innings via walk-off home runs against Oklahoma State and Missouri.
- Baylor pitcher Whitney Canion took the loss today and finished her sophomore campaign with a 31-12 record. Canion gave up all four of Arizona State’s runs on seven hits and seven walks while striking out six in 6.0 innings. She was relieved by Liz Paul, who set down all three ASU hitters she faced in order.
- Today’s attendance of 7,726 is a Session 6 record and is the 12th largest crowd in WCWS history. Through six sessions, this year’s WCWS total attendance is 48,423 (8,071 average). The current record for per-session attendance for an entire WCWS is 6,724 (set last year).
ARIZONA STATE HEAD COACH CLINT MYERS
“We’re excited. When you have the opportunity to play for a national championship, that’s what you set forth (to do) the first day when your team comes together. We have two seniors that were here in 2008 and we have a young freshman (Dallas Escobedo) over there that have been a big reason for our success. So we’re excited, we’re very, very happy and the hard work has paid off. But we’re not done yet. We still have some more work to do and some more games to play.”
On the differences of riding a senior pitcher to the title in 2008 compared to a freshman this year:
“Dallas (Escobedo) has been (in) the accelerated lane, Katie Burkhart was left-handed so we had to go a little slower. It took her three years to truly understand what we were trying to do and we were trying to build a program. With Dallas, we told her that we’re going to have to do some things and there were going to be some lessons and there were going to be some ups and downs, but if she truly believed she would have that opportunity to play for a national championship. To her credit, she has worked extremely hard with Coach (Chuck) D’Arcy and she has just really done a great job. I’m very, very proud of her.”
On the value of ASU’s senior class:
“We said early on that this ball club – the core, the center, the philosophy, the makeup – is all the seniors. They run the ball club. I carry the bats and balls and bark a little bit, but it’s their ownership. They took care of it. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. By the time you become a senior, you’ve been through the wars and you know what’s right and wrong and you take care of business. This has been the best senior class we’ve had because they have had people before them, starting in 2008, which was a completely different bunch of characters. But they also saw that the hard work and what can be the end result from that hard work. I’m very happy with these seniors, very proud of them. Like I said, it’s their club; I just get the opportunity to come and help.”
ARIZONA STATE SENIOR THIRD BASEMAN KRISTA DONNENWIRTH
On the upcoming championship series:
“In the finals it’s obviously a battle no matter who you play, but I think that 6-5 victory over Florida (on Friday) showed how much heart we have and how we’re willing to do just about anything to win a ball game. I think we’re going to continue with that approach and hopefully it brings us out on top.”
ARIZONA STATE FRESHMAN PITCHER DALLAS ESCOBEDO
On what she’s learned throughout the season:
“I guess I’d have to say just really to have more confidence in my team. I’ve always been on a team that hasn’t really scored a lot of runs and, coming here, I guess it’s still in my head, that mentality. But knowing that if we give up five runs in one inning that we’ll come back and score and just not give up until we have the ‘W.’ I’ve just learned – other than new pitches – how to think on the mound like a collegiate athlete. Really, like what Coach said about life and how to (become) better people; and we’re still playing softball. ”
ARIZONA STATE SENIOR FIRST BASEMAN MANDY URFER
On her two-run home run in the second inning:
“I think so far I’ve been really zoned in this tournament and I just saw the first pitch and went with it. We had been waiting prior to the game and we were focusing on putting the ball to right field; waiting for it and taking it the other way. So (it) definitely worked out for us. ”
On the upcoming championship series:
“It doesn’t really matter who we face at this point; the best that are going to be competing for the national title. So in the end, I say if we continue to do what we’re doing, we’ll be able to be successful.”
BAYLOR HEAD COACH GLENN MOORE
“I’m extremely grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to coach at Baylor University and coach this great team of young ladies; outstanding heart and character and passion to play a game that I’m passionate about. It was evident this week. We represented the Big 12 very well, I felt, and represented Baylor in a great way. I thought we just ran out of gas, personally. The game last night took it out of us. I knew they would give everything that was left and they did that. Whitney (Canion) is an outstanding pitcher. Blood, sweat and tears; she loves to play this game and she’s a great leader because of that. The rest (of our players) love to compete because of the type of competitor she is. I (think) Arizona State is a great ball club. They’ve got a good chance of winning it all and it was an honor to play them. We’re a young team and we’ll be fighting back in contention again next year.”
On what Baylor will be to be able to take from its postseason experience:
“I think the fact that we had, with the exception of maybe Cal, the most difficult road to get here. That’s kind of been the way our schedule was set up all year; to play in hostile environments to prepare this team for that, even though it was young. They’ve been through the fire. So I think it will pay huge dividends. They may have had some big eyes for a little while, but they got rid of that pretty quick. You go play at Georgia (in the Super Regional) in front of that fan base there – I thought the World Series crowd paled in comparison to what we experienced in Georgia. So they were ready. They were in the moment. I thought they played well and they played like they’ve been here before. And of course they will pass it on.”
BAYLOR SENIOR SHORTSTOP DANI LEAL
On the end of her Baylor career:
“You’re going to make me emotional. I told the girls before we came here that I’m just very blessed that I picked Baylor to finish out my softball career. It’s tough. This year has been amazing to just share with the girls. I mean, they’re my second family and I love every single one of them. It’s just very tough.”
BAYLOR SOPHOMORE PITCHER WHITNEY CANION
On what it was like preparing for today’s game after last night’s 13-inning contest:
“I just did the typical treatment that I have to do for my arm and stuff, and recuperating with my legs and everything. When we got to the game today, just to see everyone still pumped up – like our dugout last night was awesome and they didn’t give up today. So I feel like that’s what pushed me, was seeing my teammates around me. Because mentally, I was exhausted. I feel like I stayed with all my pitches and everything because of the team around me. My gas tank was empty but they kept me going; the dugout, everyone cheering for me. They kept saying they were behind me and everything and that just kept me going. So it was definitely the team around me. Everyone was just positive the whole time.”
BAYLOR FRESHMAN CATCHER CLARE HOSACK
On coming back from her injury if she was able to see the ball well:
“I was able to see the ball fine. I told Coach Moore that I was ready to go. I mean, my at-bats weren’t great, but it wasn’t because of my injury. I had to adjust in the beginning with the (helmet) cage during practice but it was an easy adjustment.”