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Softball2009 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.



Championship Series Game 1: Washington 8, Florida 0


·         Florida and Washington are making their first appearances in the WCWS championship series (best-of-three format began in 2005).  Washington advanced to the championship game in 1996 vs. Arizona and 1999 vs. UCLA, where it dropped both contests.


·         Florida (63-4) is attempting to become the first SEC school to capture the WCWS title.  Tennessee was the last SEC team to advance to the finals (lost to Arizona in 2007).  The 2007 Volunteers squad and this year’s Florida team are the only two SEC schools to ever advance to the WCWS finals. 


·         Michigan (Big Ten Conference) was the last non-Pac-10 team to win the WCWS (defeated UCLA in 2005).  A Pac-10 Conference team has won the WCWS in 21 of the previous 27 years.  Washington gives the Pac-10 a representative in the WCWS finals for the 23rd straight year.


·         Washington (50-12) took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third frame when Jenn Salling singled to drive in two runs and a throwing error by Florida catcher Kristina Hilberth allowed two more to score.


·         Morgan Stuart put the Huskies on top 6-0 with a double to center field in the top of the fifth inning.  The two-bagger was Stuart’s fourth this week, a WCWS record.  She has 17 total bases this week, which ranks second in WCWS history (Arizona’s Leah O’Brien owns the record with 19 in 1994).


·         Ashley Charters’ two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning extended UW’s lead to 8-0.  The senior, who went 3-for-3 on the night with two runs scored, knocked in Lauren Greer with her ninth round-tripper of the season.  The home run marked the 25th at this year’s event, a WCWS record.


·         Florida saw its 29-game winning streak halted.  Its last defeat came to Alabama on March 29 (6-4). Senior Stacey Nelson took the loss tonight for UF, giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits in 5.0 innings of work. 


·         Washington junior pitcher Danielle Lawrie racked up her 95th career victory, tying Tia Bollinger (2001-04) for second most in school history.  Jennifer Spediacci (1997-00) holds the UW record with 100 wins. 


·         Lawrie (41-8) gave up no runs on two hits in the complete game effort.  She has thrown every pitch of Washington’s five games this week.  The junior’s 13 strikeouts tonight give her 513 on the season, just nine shy of the Pac-10 single-season record.  Arizona’s Taryne Mowatt holds the record with 522 in 2007.


·         Washington improved to 41-1 this season when scoring first and to 41-1 when scoring at least three runs. 


·         The eight runs allowed by Florida marked its most this season.  Its previous high was six versus Alabama on March 29 (Alabama won 6-4). The eight-run defeat marked Florida’s worst since March 3, 2007, when UCLA defeated the Gators 10-2.


·         Tonight marked Washington’s second shutout at this year’s WCWS.  The Huskies also blanked Arizona State 1-0 on Friday in eight innings.  The shutout was Lawrie’s 21st this season and UW’s 22nd.


·         Tuesday’s Game 2 is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CDT with Washington the designated home team.  If Game 3 is necessary on Wednesday, the home team will be decided by a coin flip.






Opening comment:

“Obviously that’s not the way you draw it up coming out in the national championship series. We have to figure out a better way to approach the game tomorrow. Obviously it’s a game of highs and lows and I haven’t seen this team be this low before. Overall we are just going to figure out where we’re at and fight tomorrow.” 

On his team’s approach to Tuesday’s game:

“You have to go with what got you here. At this point and time we aren’t going to rattle the cages too much. We just have to figure out a better approach. Making an excuse coming of the high of the night before definitely showed. We didn’t have any energy or fight at the plate. Our defense wasn’t very good and we didn’t pitch very well. Give Washington credit. I thought they did a great job of capitalizing on our mistakes. We just didn’t play very well at all.”


On being in a must-win situation:

They (Florida) have to have a short-term memory. In this game it’s such a game of highs and lows; individually, too. Look at yesterday, for example. You have a kid that’s 0-for-9 coming into her last at bat and hits a grand slam. You just have to have a short-term memory. Hitting is one of the hardest things to do. You just have to be able to do a good job of putting things out of your mind and learn from your mistakes and learn from the things before you. That was the thing we were trying to preach in the (fifth) inning when they already had six runs, was learn from this. This series can be a long series. You better start learning from each one of your at bats and get better.”



On Washington’s offense:
“They kept putting the balls in play and getting on base. Once they were on base they had speed. Tomorrow I’ll just work better spots.”


On Kristina Hilberth’s throwing error in the third inning:

“I think it was just uncharacteristic for us. It was kind of a what’s-happening moment. We had to dig in and find our identity, I think. That’s just not the way we play so it kind of stunned us.”



On Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie:

“She did a really good job working with her catcher and taking advantage of the strikes she was getting and the balls she wasn’t getting. She really worked the corners well and kept us off balance. I think we took way too many pitches. We really didn’t fight a whole lot. We are definitely going to have to come out tomorrow and be ready to swing and be ready to get on that first strike we see.”



Opening comment:

“Great game. I thought we came out offensively ready to go. That throw over second base that cleared the bases (in the third inning) obviously helped us out. I thought Danielle (Lawrie) threw very well and we’re ready to go tomorrow.”


On Florida’s energy after falling behind:

“I mean, it’s tough. If you’re not used to doing that and it happens to you in that kind of a game, it’s tough to bounce back. I’m sure all great teams have done that before. They obviously haven’t had that many losses to deal with. It’s just normal.”


On her team’s improvements offensively:

“Great players make great things happen. I think we have a good group of really talented athletes who are able to take a season and get better every pitch they see. I know that we’re battle-tested and I think they understand that the season is there to test them. Meanwhile, you might not have the highest batting average ever in the country. What’s important is that we peak at the right time and get the hits when we need them.”



On bouncing back from Sunday:

“I don’t really look at how yesterday went. I’m just so proud of our team and how we responded yesterday. We just kind of grouped together. I’m not selfish and I don’t look at how my performances are. I just look at how we are as a team and how we’re treating each inning like it is so precious. I don’t even think about those things.  I’m just really proud.”


On her performance today:

“Alicia (Blake) did a really great job. It shows you how lucky I am about having a catcher like her. I think I did a decent job at hitting my spots and the defense did a great job.”


On her two-run single that also allowed two more runs to score due to a throwing error on the play:

I think it was a drop ball. I just wanted to put the ball in play and hopefully score to get our team up ahead a couple of runs. Like I said, I just wanted to put the ball in play. We’ll take it.


On her struggles at the beginning of the season:

“I think my teammates have helped me immensely. It was tough at the beginning. They have helped me through everything with that struggle from the beginning. They picked me up when I felt down, picked me up when the confidence was down, picked me up when I didn’t know if I was the one that could do the job at that time. I think my teammates have helped me a lot to get through that time.”






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