May 28, 2009

2008 NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
May 29- June 4
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Game 1 Quotes

WASHINGTON 3, GEORGIA 1

WASHINGTON HEAD COACH HEATHER TARR
Opening comment:
“It was good to get the first win under our belt. I think it was a game played as we expected. We would have liked to score a few more runs there, but nevertheless I am proud of how we played defense behind Danielle (Lawrie), and she seemed to get her rhythm later in the game and that’s good to see.”

On the importance of getting the first win:
“Obviously it is the most important thing coming out of the gate. Georgia has seen us twice and you just don’t know what you are going to get from them. It was just great to have a clutch hit by Niki Williams and get out of there winning the game.”

On freshmen handling the World Series:
“They are led by a bunch of people who are professionals and they show them the way. The good thing about that is that the freshmen just kind of follow, and what they might not realize is that they are doing what they are doing, they are following good leaders.”

WASHINGTON JUNIOR PITCHER DANIELLE LAWRIE
On her pitching performance:
“We won, so to me that is the biggest thing. After we win I don’t care how I threw. There are things I will look for when we play next and I want to do better. If I didn’t pitch exactly as I wanted to, it means nothing now. I know what type of player I am and what I am going to bring to Friday’s game.”

On getting walked twice:
“The first time I was frustrated because I didn’t think they would do that, but I just think of it as a base hit.”

On the defense:
“Today Alicia (Blake) and the defense were outstanding. That was the best I have seen those girls. I was so pumped up at the end of the game and usually I am calm when I walk off like, ‘OK, we got the game done,’ but I haven’t been that jacked up over those two lead outs we got and the double play. It’s huge.”

WASHINGTON FRESHMAN INFIELDER NIKI WILLIAMS
On her two-run home run:
“The first at bat she jammed me so I came up at the next at bat with a new approach. I scooted off the plate a little bit, had the timing slap and got my hands through.”

On ending her home run drought:
“Any hit is great and a home run is even better.”

GEORGIA HEAD COACH LU HARRIS-CHAMPER
Opening comment:
“Obviously we’re disappointed that we didn’t come out with a win, but I felt that is was a well-fought game.  I felt we had opportunities.  We just didn’t take advantage of them.”

On walking and pitching to certain players during the game:
“I think it really just plays into the situation.  The mindset is for them to not see pitches early and then we’ll have to pitch to them later.  We’ll pitch to them.  It’s really just determined by the situation.  Both Sam (Marder of Ohio State) and (Washington’s Danielle) Lawrie are great hitters.  Clearly, Lawrie deserves to be player of the year.”

On taking the loss and moving on:
“I don’t think we worry about that.  I mean we’re going to get the opportunity to play another game.  We’re going to go out there and do the best we can.  And again, like Taylor (Schlopy) said, scrap and fight.”
 
GEORGIA SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER TAYLOR SCHLOPY
On moving on with the game when they’re up or down:
“I would say that no matter what the score is we don’t really pay attention to that.  We’re just a scrap team with a lot of heart and no matter what the score is you just fight to put up runs if we’re up or down.

“It’s the same mindset as before, just keep fighting, battling one pitch at a time.  Just never giving up hope.  We fight to the end, no matter what the score is.”

GEORGIA SENIOR PITCHER CHRISTIE HAMILTON
On how the day went from her perspective:
”Washington has a great game.  They found the gaps.  I mean we hit the ball and they hit the ball, but it came down to they found the gaps and they won.  They’re a great team.”