Softball2010 NCAA Women's College World Series
Florida Head Coach Tim Walton
Opening statement: “What a great weekend. I'm happy we didn't see a lot of their offense, because that is what they are all about, which is what we saw in the last inning. They string their pitches together and that's what they've done it all year long. But that just shows how good Stephanie (Brombacher) is pitching. I think to sit up here and talk right now is exciting. To get to the College World Series the first time with a good team, to get there the second time with an even better team and then to get there a third time, that's when you build a program.”
Florida Junior Pitcher Stephanie Brombacher
On going to the WCWS for the third consecutive year: “I think we all still have a taste in our mouth from losing in the final series last year. At least that's my motivating factor. I want to get back there and show people that we are back and we can do it. I want to show that we've built and how Coach Walton has built this program.”
Florida Junior Right-Fielder Kelsey Bruder
On advancing to the WCWS without former pitcher Stacey Nelson: “It speaks for the depths of our team. I've said it before Stacey Nelson is irreplaceable, as she is a phenomenal pitcher. But our offense has stepped up and our pitching staff. A lot of people did think we'd get back here, but it's great to be going back.”
Florida Junior First Baseman Megan Bush
On going to the WCWS every year she has played: “It means a lot to our class and it means a lot to our coaches. Its a big boost for our program that we can make it to this point and continuously make it to this point.”
Arizona State Head Coach Clint Myers
Opening statement: “We battled between the lines and the best team in the last two days won. I tip my hat to the University of Florida, I think that they have done a great job. Tim has done a great job and they are a class act. They go out there and they battle, they take their hacks, they get them.”
Arizona State Senior Pitcher Megan Elliot
facing the Florida line-up: “Going into this game I knew from the get-go that Florida had a strong
lineup one through nine and that I had to go at them. My ultimate plan was to
try to get ahead with my pitches, staying big because I knew anything around
the plate that they could get a hold of because they are such good hitters.”
Arizona State Sophomore Shortstop Katelyn Boyd
On not being able to put a rally together: ““Yea, that is unfortunate. Our plan was to go out aggressive and at times we were, but maybe not at good pitches and we were just missing them. We just came up short.”
- Florida will be making its third consecutive trip to the Women's College World Series and its NCAA Tournament record increases to 31-21.
- The Gators improve their overall record to 48-8 in the 28th game of the season where they have allowed fewer than two runs.
- Brombacher has moved into third on UF's career list for strikeouts with 541.
- Junior Kelsey Bruder hit her 14th home run of the season to plate classmate Aja Paculba and give Florida the 2-0 lead.
- Junior Megan Bush lead off the fourth inning with a solo shot to center, her 15th of the season.
- Bruder hit two long balls in one game for the second time in her career, the last time coming against Northwestern St. on Feb. 27.
- Freshman Brittany Walker hit her second career triple and stole home to score Florida's final run.
Arizona State Notes
- The Sun Devils fell to 2-3 all-time versus Florida, including 1-2 in the NCAA Tournament.
- For the first time since 2005 and for the first time under Coach Clint Myers, Arizona State failed to make it to the Women’s College World Series.
- This is the first Super Regional that the Sun Devils have ever lost in school history. The Super Regional format started 2005
- Head Coach Clint Myers dropped to 8-2 in Super Regional play (33-9 overall in postseason).
- The Sun Devils dropped to 9-13 on the season when the opponent scores first.
- Arizona State scored their first run in the series with 2 outs in the sixth inning when Kaylyn Castillo came home on an illegal pitch call.
- Junior Lesley Rogers was caught stealing for the first time in the first inning, making her 23-for-24 (96%) on the season.