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Softball2010 NCAA Women's College World Series

NCAA Women’s College World Series

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

June 3-June 9, 2010

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

 

POSTGAME NOTES


Game 7: Florida 5, Missouri 0  

 

·          Florida (49-9) improved to 2-0 all-time against Missouri and moved to 7-5 in WCWS action.  The Gators are 27-22 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

 

·          Florida freshman Brittany Schutte hit two home runs in a game for the first time this season.  She connected for a two-run blast in the fourth inning and followed with a solo shot in the sixth.  She has 18 home runs on the year (tied for the second most in single-season school history) and five in the NCAA tournament.

 

·          Junior Kelsey Bruder hit her fifth home run of the NCAA tournament with a solo shot down the right field line in the fifth inning that pushed Florida’s lead to 3-0.

 

·          Florida pitcher Stephanie Brombacher tossed her 12th shutout of the season in moving to 35-7.  The junior surrendered six hits and recorded six strikeouts in the victory.

 

·          The Gators have 108 home runs on the year, the most in Florida and Southeastern Conference single-season history.

 

·          Missouri (51-13) dropped to 1-10 all-time in the WCWS and to 25-31 all-time in NCAA tournament.

 

·          Missouri finished the 2010 campaign with a school-record 51 wins. The previous mark was 50 wins set by last year’s team.

 

·          The Tigers were shut out for only the fifth time this season.  The last time they were shut out was May 16 in a 9-0 (six innings) loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship title game.

 

·          Missouri’s Rhea Taylor finished the year with a .452 batting average, a single-season school record.  She was 5-for-7 at the plate with two runs and an RBI during this year’s WCWS.  Taylor finished the year with 85 hits, the second most in Tigers history.

 

·          Taylor picked up her 48th stolen base of the season in the top of the first inning.  The 48 swipes rank as the second most in a season in Missouri history.

 

·          Missouri pitcher Kristin Nottelmann (24-9) pitched five complete innings and took the loss.  She allowed three hits and three runs (all earned) before being relieved by senior Jana Hainey.  Nottelmann finished the year with a 2.09 ERA.

 

·          Through seven games of the WCWS, no base runner has been caught stealing. The teams are 9-for-9 in stolen bases attempts.

 

·          All seven WCWS games have seen at least five runs scored.

 

Game 7 Quotes

 

FLORIDA HEAD COACH TIM WALTON

Opening comment:

“First of all, I want to congratulate Missouri on a great season.  Obviously, they are a really good team and have played really well to get to this point.  I’ve been there on that side of the coin.  It’s not an easy feeling, but they played well.  Obviously, you’ve got to give credit to our players today.  I thought we did a good job coming back defensively.  (As far as) pitching, Stephanie (Brombacher) was really good, especially when she needed to be when there were a couple of runners on base.  Then offensively, the key to the College World Series is getting clutch hits when you need them, and I thought we had three of those clutch hits.”

 

On the impact of freshman Brittany Schutte:

“I’m just looking at her stats here and she has 18 home runs, 58 RBI’s.  That wasn’t a freshman running around the bases out there -- just a really good player.  We knew how good she was going to be during the recruiting process and (are) thankful that she chose us over some other great schools.  She’s a hard worker and has really developed herself into a ferocious hitter.  She can hit any pitch out of the ballpark at any given time and is really having a great tournament for us so far.”

 

On the irony of Florida’s first meeting against Georgia this year coming in the WCWS:

“I asked someone who we were playing on the way up (to the press conference), so I guess that’s irony.  The big thing is I know how well Georgia has been playing.  I know they lost last night, but they are a heck of a ball club and have been really doing a good job this season.  It doesn’t matter what inning they’re in -- they are going to fight to the end.  It’s going to be a big challenge, and I guess the winner of this game can take the series for the season.”

 

FLORIDA JUNIOR OUTFIELDER KELSEY BRUDER

On her defensive play in the first inning:

“I thought it was big for our momentum.  I was able to set my feet good under it.  We work on taking that play two different ways.  If I was deeper I would have gone home.  I knew I was shallow and I knew Corrie (Brooks) is a strong third baseman and could handle the throw.”

 

On her home run:

“She had been going away on me so it caught me a little bit by surprise -- the inside pitch.  But I was able to get my hands through and it worked out.”

 

FLORIDA FRESHMAN DESIGNATED PLAYER BRITTANY SCHUTTE

On her two home runs:

“The first one was an inside pitch and the other one was an outside (one).  (I was) just looking for something over the plate for me to drive.” 

 

FLORIDA JUNIOR PITCHER STEPHANIE BROMBACHER

On how important getting a shutout today was for her confidence:

“Just getting a win is important; that’s what we’re going for right now.  It just gave me confidence.  But my defense did a great job and it’s easy to pitch well win the hitters score runs.”

 

On working out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning:

“I just trusted my pitches, maybe a little bit more than I did against UCLA.  It just worked out for me this time.”

 

MISSOURI HEAD COACH EHREN EARLEYWINE

Opening comment:

“I’ll just tell you guys the same thing that I told the girls.  I feel sorry for them that this weekend was the weekend that our bats decided not to show up.  It was unfortunate because we have a good softball team.  I’m not sure how far we could have gone in the tournament, but in both of those games I felt like we were a competitive team.  We had a lot of opportunities with runners left on base and we didn’t knock anybody in.  It’s unfortunate because these kids had a really good season.  Most people didn’t expect them to be here in the first place.  It would have been nice to win at least one game to solidify the fact that maybe we do belong.  We know in our hearts that we belong; it was just an unfortunate offensive weekend for us.  I would like for it to be a magical, much deeper and philosophical thing than that but we really just picked a bad weekend not to swing the bats.”

 

On the number of home runs in the Women’s College World Series:

“I think over the last five years, that’s the way the game has been heading.  I think this year in particular it’s just coincidence. I don’t think anybody has a more-juiced bat or harder ball or better mechanics.  I just think, in general, it’s a trend that’s been happening over the last four or five years.  I think it will continue and who knows what the NCAA will end up doing about that.  I don’t know if you scoot the fences back, or soften the ball, or deaden the bats or scoot the pitchers back.  There are a lot of options if that’s what people want to do.  I think it’s just a five-year trend that continues to move forward.”

 

On the season as a whole:

“Let’s make no mistake.  We are not satisfied with just being at the College World Series.  None of us are saying that this is the pinnacle of where Mizzou softball wants to be.  Everything we are doing is based on ‘How we can win a national championship?  What pieces do we have to put in place?  How do we have to get better mentally?  How can we get better physically?’  The whole deal.  Because we just don’t want to celebrate being average.  Not to say that being at the College World Series is average, but that contentment is not a part of who we want to be.”

 

MISSOURI SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER ASHLEY FLEMING

On her performance at the plate today:

“I take a lot of the blame offensively because all three of my at-bats I came up with runners in scoring position.  They just had my number today.  They kept throwing me away.  My second at-bat, I don’t know if it was a strike or not, but I should have been protecting with two strikes.  After that they just kept throwing away to me and I just wasn’t connecting.”

 

MISSOURI JUNIOR OUTFIELDER RHEA TAYLOR

On the size of the gap between Missouri and a WCWS champion:

“I don’t think it’s a large gap at all.  We got here; we’re in the top eight.  We can compete with anybody.  Just like Coach said, we all know that our bats weren’t there and the name of the game is pitching.  When our offense is on, it’s on. I don’t see a big gap at all between us and whoever wins.”

 

MISSOURI SENIOR PITCHER JANA HAINEY

On her career:

“Honestly, I was a kid at 18 coming in here and I didn’t know what to expect.  I never would have imagined being here twice.  It’s been awesome, but obviously you wish you could go out on a win.  But the reality of it is not too many people do.  I couldn’t have asked for 21 better girls and coaching staff.  It’s been a great career here at Mizzou.”

 

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