Thursday May 28, 2009Walton and Hilberth Participate in Press Conference
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Head coach Tim Walton and senior catcher Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.) participated in the Women’s College World Series press conference on Wednesday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“Our student-athletes, with their second time being here, are super excited to have the opportunity to play at the College World Series. To be sitting up here with some of the best college coaches in the country, sometimes the world, it’s kind of overwhelming. At the same time, when we’re on the field it’s going to be a different feeling. We’re really excited to be representing the University of Florida.”
On if he playing baseball at the University of Oklahoma could make for more Florida fans this week:
“We always try to do our best to get as many people to watch the Gators, get them out there cheering and supporting our kids. Last year was such a fun event for everybody, I think our fan base grew as we were able to fight through the losers’ bracket and play for a long time. There are a lot of Gators fan all over the country so I’m sure they will all be cheering.”
On being the top seed:
“With facing Arizona in the first round, I’ll go with the opposite of what Sam (Bannister) said and say that we’re the underdog. They have won more national championship games here than we ever have at this stage. Our kids are embracing that role and we have to do a good job at staying focused and staying grounded. We’re not worried about the other stuff, at this point we are all 0-0. We just have to take care of ourselves and focus on the game.”
On the difference coming in this year versus last year:
“I feel like our team has a little bit more experience coming back for a second year. Obviously, playing a team like Arizona, who has a lot of experience, in the first round, we’re going to have to battle it out. They might be the eight seed and we might be the one seed but at this point it doesn’t matter. All eight teams are out here to play hard. We are just hoping that our experience from last year will help us a little bit more this year.”