6-6-2011 WCWS Game 1 Notes and Quotes

POSTGAME NOTES


Championship Game 1:
Arizona State 14, Florida 4

  • Arizona State defeated Florida 14-4 in Game 1 of the 2011 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals in front of the Session 8 record crowd of 7,447.
  • Arizona State’s Dallas Escobedo became the first freshman pitcher to win a WCWS championship game/championship finals game since 1990, when UCLA’s Heather Compton pitched a complete-game one-hitter in a 2-0 win over Fresno State in Oklahoma City.  Other freshman victories in a WCWS championship game came in 1989 (UCLA’s Tiffany Boyd in 1-0 win over Fresno State) and 1982 (UCLA’s Debbie Doom in 2-0 win over Fresno State).
  • Tonight marked the first time two freshman pitchers started a WCWS championship game/finals game (Escobedo and Florida’s Hannah Rogers).
  • One day after scoring 25 runs on 19 hits in two victories against Alabama, Florida was held to four runs (three in the seventh inning) on five hits by Escobedo tonight. The freshman hurler, who struck out seven and walked five, improved to 36-3 on the year and to 9-0 in the postseason.
  • Arizona State’s 14 runs marked the second most by a team in a WCWS championship game/finals game. UCLA holds the record for runs in a WCWS championship game with 15, set last year against Arizona.
  • Tonight’s 10-run margin was the second-largest in a WCWS championship game. Arizona State holds the record for largest margin of victory in a championship game (11-0 win over Texas A&M in 2008 to win the national title).
  • Arizona State’s six runs in the bottom of the second fell one shy of the WCWS championship game record for runs in an inning.
  • Tonight’s game marked the 24th time this season that Arizona State scored 10 or more runs in a game (second time this postseason). The Sun Devils’ 14 runs were their fourth most in a game this season.
  • The Sun Devils hit four home runs tonight to tie the WCWS single-game record by one team. Arizona State and Florida combined for seven home runs this evening, tying a WCWS record.
  • Ten of Arizona State’s 14 runs were scored with two outs.
  • The 18 combined runs rank as the third most in a game in WCWS history.
  • Arizona State senior third baseman Krista Donnenwirth hit two home runs tonight, including a three-run shot in the second inning. Donnenwirth’s two homers tied the record for home runs by an individual in a WCWS game. She entered the game with five home runs this season.
  • Florida junior Michelle Moultrie’s two-run, seventh-inning homer was her fourth roundtripper in six games at this year’s WCWS, tying a single-season event record. Moultrie, who entered the WCWS with two homers on the season, went 1-for-2 at the plate tonight and is batting a WCWS-high .600. Her tournament-high 12 hits are five more than the player with the next highest total.
  • Tonight’s crowd of 7,447 marked a Session 8 record and upped this year’s total WCWS attendance to 61,317 (7,664 average). The current record for per-session attendance for an entire WCWS is 6,951 (set last year).

ARIZONA STATE HEAD COACH CLINT MYERS

Opening comment:

“Obviously, we are very excited about the ball game and about the outcome. This is a very good team, and we’ve talked about that all week long. The work is not done. We still have to go out and battle a very competitive team and it’s just another day at the office. We’ve got one more game to play. We’re real excited, but at the same time we understand what we have to do.”

On catcher Kaylyn Castillo:

“She’s an outstanding player. She’s kind of a field general out there. I would say Dallas (Escobedo) probably listens to her more than anybody else, including the coaches. I think that’s a rapport that you have to have. There’s a certain amount of dictator in her, a little Napoleon type of demeanor. But in my opinion, she is one of the best players in the country.”

On why he didn’t remove starting pitcher Dallas Escobedo after his team was up by 14 runs:

“Well, it was talked about. Coach (Chuck) D’Arcy and I had a little discussion and it almost happened. There’s a little bit of rationale as far as what we were trying to do and establish going where we are. It was basically my call, and I just figured we’d let Dallas finish it. She started it, and complete what she started. Other than that, the other girls were ready to go and had we had anything major go on, we could have done something.”

ARIZONA STATE SENIOR CATCHER KAYLYN CASTILLO

On her early offensive production tonight, pitcher Dallas Escobedo and ASU’s defense:

“Well, me and Coach (Robert) Wagner were joking that I’ve broken the curse because I hadn’t had a hit before (Sunday against) Baylor in the World Series; both years. So I guess the curse is broken. Defensively, I think we’ve just kind of reminded Dallas that she does have a good defense. It’s OK for them to hit the ball every now and then, keep the pressure off of her. I think our defense is just being stellar right now, communicating very well. We just need to keep that plan.”

On winning Game 1 of the championship finals:

“I don’t know if it’s really easing at all. I’m sure Alabama thought it was one win away as well. Florida is never counted out. I feel like you have to be on your game. You have to keep going and not let up on the throttle. We just want to keep going.”

ARIZONA STATE SENIOR THIRD BASEMAN KRISTA DONNENWIRTH

On ASU’s offensive output:

“We knew Florida had a great offense, so we wanted to come out and prove a point that we have a great offense. I think every single player was locked in at the plate. We never took one strike or one ball for granted. I think it showed on the scoreboard.”

ARIZONA STATE FRESHMAN PITCHER DALLAS ESCOBEDO

On the comfort of having a talented defense behind her:

“It makes my job a whole lot easier. I think I did great (in innings) one through five; I just have to hold it out (in) six and seven. I know that they are great hitters and they weren’t giving up. If I keep my pitching like I did in one through five and we keep our offense like that, we can do it.”

FLORIDA HEAD COACH TIM WALTON

Opening comment:

“Give credit to Arizona State. I thought they played a great a game. Good offensive approach; they did a good job, especially with two strikes and going with pitches. They really did a good job, give them credit. I thought they were probably more the reason why we were as poor as we were tonight, so I’ll give them credit. They jumped out early on us, which really took the wind out of our sails, so to speak. I’m proud of our fight at the end. I thought we still continued our game plan and found a way to get a couple of runs on the board. Hopefully we’ll carry that (to tomorrow). It’s a series, not a game. We have a chance.”

On how Florida will prepare for Tuesday’s game:

“I think we have to shake this off, and the good thing is we had to shake a loss a couple days ago and get back out and get on it again. So we have to do it again. Ultimately, we’ll spend time reevaluating our situation and trying to get everyone on board and recommitted and be just as positive as we possibly can. It’s a big series but at the end of the day it’s still a game. It’s just a game; that’s all it is. It’s a life game and we were challenged today. We’ll see what kinds of things we can throw at life tomorrow.”

FLORIDA SENIOR LEFT FIELDER KELSEY BRUDER

On what allowed Florida to have offensive success late in the game:

Our approach is to not swing at the rise ball, so I think (Dallas Escobedo) got a little tired and started not spinning it as well. We were able to make adjustments and keep the ball in the zone more with what we were swinging at. Definitely the third or fourth time around we always see the pitcher better, and hopefully we can get our bats going earlier tomorrow.”

On shaking off the loss and planning for Game 2:

“I’m looking forward to playing ASU without her (the umpire) behind the plate. I’m going to try and be as nice as possible, but I hope that whoever appoints her reevaluates her abilities. Not making excuses, ASU absolutely kicked our butts and they deserved to win today, but it was really hard adjusting to the inconsistent calls. I’m definitely going to shake it off. I’m probably going to be upset until I wake up tomorrow. Tomorrow’s a new day and we’ll hopefully be going for (Game 3).”

FLORIDA JUNIOR CENTER FIELDER MICHELLE MOULTRIE

On being walked in her first two at-bats:
“I don’t really think she was pitching around me, I just thought I did a good job working the count a little bit. It was good for me to walk and be on base for my teammates coming up behind me. Anytime I get on base it gives the team a little bit of something to look forward to.”

On Florida’s mindset going into Tuesday’s game:

“Tomorrow’s a new game, so it’s going to be 0-0. We just have to, like Coach said, stay positive, get our minds right. I think we’ll be fine.”

FLORIDA SENIOR CATCHER TIFFANY DEFELICE

On the non-hit-by-pitch call in the first inning:
“It didn’t hit the bat at all. I don’t know if bone sounds like bat, but it hit me square in the arm. It swelled up like a snowball and I had to have my trainer wrap it up. It was a rough night with that umpire. It was rough the first time we had her, too. I just hope tomorrow we can come out strong and play Gator softball and do what we know how to do best.”

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