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NCAA Women’s College World Series

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

May 28-June 3, 2009

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

 

POSTGAME NOTES


Game 6: Florida 1, Michigan 0

 

·          A WCWS single-session record crowd of 8,323 was on hand this evening.  The previous record of 8,230 fans was set in last year’s third session.

 

·          Florida improved to 62-3 on the season and to 5-2 all-time at the WCWS (second appearance) with a 1-0 win over Michigan.  Michigan fell to 47-11 this season and to 16-15 all-time at the WCWS (nine appearances).

 

·          Florida’s Megan Bush hit her second home run of this year’s WCWS with a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning.  It marked the sophomore’s 29th career round-tripper, placing her in a tie for fourth on the school’s career list (Melissa Zick hit 29 career homers from 2004-07). 

 

·          Florida improved to 52-1 this year when scoring first, to 3-0 when scoring only one run and to 6-2 in games decided by one run. 

 

·          The Gators collected their 39th shutout of the season and second of this year’s WCWS (beat Arizona 3-0 in Game 4).  It marked Michigan’s fourth shutout loss of the season.

 

·          UF pitcher Stacey Nelson tied this season’s national shutout high by recording her 22nd of the year, matching UMass’s Brandice Balschmiter. 

 

·          The victory marked Nelson’s 136th in her career, tying her for sixth best in NCAA history (tied Cat Osterman of Texas).

 

·          Nelson and the UF defense held Michigan to just one hit, tying the Wolverines’ season low (also managed just one hit versus Washington on March 13).

 

·          Nelson struck out nine Wolverines in her 33rd complete game this season to improve to 41-3 on the year.   Nikki Nemitz (28-6) took the loss for Michigan.

 

·          Florida’s five hits came from five different players.  The Gators left seven on base, while Michigan stranded two.

 

·          With the victory, Florida improved to 3-8 all-time against Michigan.

 

·          The Gators extended their winning streak to 28 games, their longest of the season.  Their last defeat came versus Alabama on March 28 (6-4).

 

·          Entering the game in the top of the fifth inning, Michigan pitcher Nikki Nemitz struck out four UF batters to increase her career total to 304.  She is just the fifth pitcher in Wolverines history to record at least 300 strikeouts in a season.  

 

·          With the victory, Florida advances to play the winner of Game 10 Sunday at 2 p.m. CDT.  Michigan will face the winner of the Georgia/Missouri matchup (Saturday at 11 a.m.) on Saturday at 6 p.m.

 

POSTGAME QUOTES

 

FLORIDA HEAD COACH TIM WALTON

Opening comment:

“First of all I would like to give some credit to the fans that stuck through the games. I looked up and saw that it was a new session record and that is awesome, since there is so much going on here in Oklahoma this weekend. I am real proud to see all of the following and support of this great game.”

 

“I was on Twitter saying it was going to be a pitcher’s duel and it was. We watched about three hours of video this morning and last night, just watching Michigan’s team on tape and they just really threw the ball well. So give them a lot of credit because they have some really outstanding pitchers and an outstanding lineup. Stacey (Nelson) had a great day today – she threw a total of 13 or 14 balls on the day and had great defense. Megan’s (Bush) hit was huge. Give Michigan a lot of credit – they were outstanding. That is what the College World Series is all about, getting a hit when you need it.”  

 

On Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson:

“When I look over her stuff in the past three games, her stuff is incredible. I did tell our team after the first inning when she went out on defense and pitched that we need to get her one run. She’s got great stuff today.” 

 

On Florida’s position of being 2-0 and having Saturday off:

“We will go out and get some practice and get in a light workout tomorrow and get ourselves prepared for whoever it is going to be. I think that it’s a huge advantage because somebody now has to beat us twice and we are going to approach it that way. We don’t have to do anything special, we just have to go out and do our job.”

 

FLORIDA SOPHOMORE SHORTSTOP MEGAN BUSH

On her game-winning home run in the sixth inning:

“I can’t say what pitch it was. I just saw it. I have no idea what pitch it was. I just knew that it was inside and I tried to hit it as hard as I could.”

 

FLORIDA SENIOR PITCHER STACEY NELSON

On her approach to this year’s WCWS:

“I am not approaching it any different this year than I have before. Just having the experience of being on this stage from last year, it helps a little bit. Being a year older, it helps you a lot.”  

 

On Megan Bush’s game-winning home run in the sixth inning:

“Going into the game I knew that is was going to be close no matter what it was. So when we got our one run it was great that it put us ahead, but I knew that I need to keep pitching how I was.”

 

MICHIGAN HEAD COACH CAROL HUTCHINS

Opening comment:

It was a great game by two great teams. You have to give credit where credit is due and Stacey Nelson was fabulous just like we knew she would be. She did a great job and we did not make the adjustments at the plate. It’s very difficult to adjust against her, but my team did a great job of staying composed. It came down to a one-pitch game. My pitchers pitched their hearts out and I thought we did a great job containing their offense. It became a pitcher’s duel.”


On Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson:
“I think we needed to have better at bats and make some adjustments as the game went on. To her credit, she doesn’t approach every hitter the same every time they are up. She was really able to keep us at bay with that low pitch. We did not lay off and I think we were swinging at her arm speed a lot. We tried to load early and see the ball longer.”

 

MICHIGAN JUNIOR PITCHER NIKKI NEMITZ

On the sixth-inning pitch she threw Megan Bush that resulted in a home run:
“It was a change up and I am pretty sure I let down my body speed and gave it away. I fed it fat, right down the middle and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a great hitter.”

 

On Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson:

“She throws hard and she can go either side of the plate, so you have to be ready for it. She can pin point her position perfectly. She can bring the ball up a little bit or down and she keeps you off speed with that change up as well.”

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