Softball2010 NCAA Women's College World Series
Florida Head Coach Tim Walton
Opening statement: “What we've gone through this season, as far as getting ready to play and then having to wait, or getting somewhere and having to wait because of the weather, I thought we really did a good job. Everything happens for a reason. At LSU, we weren't prepared as much as we should have been for the weather, and that outcome really settled us down and allowed us to be able to endure some rain delays. The crowd was awesome, the pitching was awesome, the defense was awesome and obviously you can't win games without scoring runs. The offense, numbers one though nine, really did a good job for us.”
On Corrie Brooks' walk-off home run: “The magnitude of that home run is what makes it probably one of the biggest ones. But nothing that these kids do surprises me. CB has got some great home runs for us in her career, and this season, especially. Especially how she got this one, with two swings and two outs.”
Florida Junior Pitcher Stephanie Brombacher
On playing with rain delays: “We've been used to the rain this whole year. We just get used to it and learn, like maybe I did something wrong last game. So I don't think it really effects me.”
Florida Junior Right-Fielder Kelsey Bruder
On continuing to score early: “I'm just glad I could help out my pitcher. I know it's always easy to pitch with a lead, so if we can get that a couple of runs, it'll be easier on Stephanie. I'm seeing the ball pretty well and just reading the pitcher better. Hillary Bach is a great pitcher and I'm sure she's going to bring it tomorrow.”
Arizona State Head Coach Clint Myers
Opening statement: “For five innings, I thought it was a heck of a ballgame. We made a couple of bad pitches and they’re a good-hitting ball club. They’re (Florida) good enough and well-trained enough to take full advantage (of mistakes). They hit the ball pretty hard. We still have fight left in us. We’re going to come back ready to play tomorrow.”
On tonight's game plan: “I thought we had a good plan. We’ll reassess, watch some video tonight and see what we can do. They’re just good hitters.”
Arizona State Sophomore Pitcher Hillary Bach
knew coming in that Florida had a great offense. They’re very aggressive and
don’t take too many strikes. I wanted to get ground balls and let my defense
help me out. For awhile it was working, but then I started missing my spots and
did not take good care of the ball.”
difference between the fourth and fifth inning: “I think Florida did a great job
stringing runs together tonight. They also did a great job making the most of
opportunities. For me, they just hit the ball hard and made adjustments. They
did a good job.”
Arizona State Sophomore Shortstop Katelyn Boyd
On the interference call in the first: “It shouldn’t have happened. It was my normal lead-off. The ball was hit hard, and the momentum was taking me that way (towards the shortstop). It is what it is.”
- This is Florida's third straight year hosting a Super Regional and the fourth year they have been one of the 16 teams remaining.
- The Gators tallied their 30th NCAA Tournament win and increased their overall record to 47-8
- Florida leveled the series record to 2-2 in the first match-up between the two teams.
- Stephanie Brombacher has now pitched over 500 innings and has a career total of 502.2 innings.
- Senior Corrie Brooks hit a two-run walk-off long ball in the fifth, her 10th of the season.
- Sophomore Michelle Moultrie scored two runs, one on the 100th hit of her career, and tallied her second triple of the season in the fifth.
- Corrie Brooks' 30th hit of the season drove in a run by freshman Brittany Schutte.
- Junior Kelsey Bruder hit her 35th career double to score Moultrie and junior Aja Paculba in the fifth.
Freshman Brittany Schutte hit her 16th home run, tying her for fifth in UF's record book for single-season home runs.
Arizona State Notes
- The Sun Devils fell to 2-2 all-time vs. Florida, including 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament (Feb. 16, 1998).
- With the 8-0 loss, Arizona State suffered its first-ever loss in Super Regional play.
- The eight runs were the most allowed by Arizona State in NCAA Tournament play since a 1-10 defeat to Nebraska in the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
- Head Coach Clint Myers dropped to 8-1 in Super Regional play (33-8 overall in post season).
- Arizona State was shutout in post season play for the first time since a 1-0 eight-inning setback vs. Washington during the 2009 NCAA College World Series.
- The Sun Devils dropped to 2-12 when trailing after four innings.
- The eight-run defeat was the largest margin of defeat vs. Florida in school history.
- Lesley Rogers extended her hitting streak to a team-high 22 games. Rogers is hitting .636 (7-for-11) with three RBI, two runs and two doubles in the postseason play this year.
- Katelyn Boyd prolonged her hitting streak to 16 games. In her four 2010 NCAA Tournament games, Boyd is batting .538 (7-for-13) with five runs, three doubles and an RBI.
- In four post season games this season, Krista Donnenwirth is batting .556 (5-for-9) with two runs, one RBI and one double.