Arizona State vs. Oregon State Postgame Quotes
June 3, 2006

Game 7: Arizona State 3, Oregon State 1
I thought it was a well-pitched ballgame and we had timely hitting. Knabe over here put us on the board with her home run. Were excited, this has been an awesome trip to beat Oregon State. Were just really excited and were looking forward to playing some good softball.

On eliminating another Pac-10 school:
Its a shame. Its such a strong conference, but one of us had to knock the other out because thats the way the bracket is set up. You hate to see that, but the Pac-10 conference is awesome. The coaches, the players it is the best softball.

On coming into this game:
I knew I needed to buckle down and so I came out there with a fire in my stomach and I knew there was no way I wanted to go home. Personally, I came out with that desire and I know our whole team did and it showed.

On Brianne McGowans home run:
After that home run I was kicking myself. It was on a rise ball and in her previous at bat she teed that one off pretty well and I knew that it happens. Im still young and Im still learning. But my mentality definitely changed. I really wanted it more after she got that home run. I hate to give up home runs to their pitcher.

On the game:
Arizona State is a great program; they came out on fire today. We kind of expected that, too, after having a disappointing outing against Texas offensively. They swing the bat extremely well and they did a great job of forcing Brianne (McGowan) to throw strikes. And then when she did they would jump on it. The difference in the ballgame was their fire. We had probably our best batting practice all year and I definitely thought we were relaxed and ready to play. I just think that we werent able to match their fire right off the bat and we didnt get going until later on.

On the teams first experience in the WCWS:
Overall, Im very proud of their focus and how they played. They came in and for the most part were not intimidated by their opponents, by the game or by the stadium. It is always very difficult to go into this type of play and they did a pretty great job. Certainly, we werent perfect. There are things that we need to work on. We didnt execute our game plan today offensively. There are things we will work on in the offseason but this was a great experience physically and emotionally. Most importantly, they have now had a taste of the World Series and hopefully that will inspire them to be at a different level in the fall.

About playing three Pac-10 teams in WCWS:
It just shows how good our conference is. Three Pac-10 schools in postseason, its going to be a battle every game.

On her feelings after playing her last collegiate game:
Its a little hard to take at the end of the year. We came out and played and, unfortunately, we didnt come out on top. But I know this team has the talent to be here next year.

On Oregon States senior class:
The senior class really brought this program to a whole new level. I hope that it will help recruiting for them. I couldnt ask for anything more, to be at the College World Series. Its every girls dream.

" Arizona State advances to an elimination game against Tennessee at 6 p.m. (CDT) Saturday. The Sun Devils improved to 43-4 this year when scoring first.

" Oregon State is the first team eliminated from the WCWS field and finishes the season with a 43-16 record. The Beavers went 0-2 in their first appearance ever in the WCWS. Both losses (the other was to Arizona) came against Pac-10 opponents, who they beat at least once this year.

" Todays Oregon State vs. Arizona State meeting was the fourth of the season. The teams split the doubleheader in Tempe (3-2, 2-9) while Arizona State took a 3-2 victory over the Beavers in Corvallis. In the all-time series between the two Pac-10 squads, Arizona State now leads 59-25.

" ASUs Heidi Knabe hit a solo home run over the left field fence in the top of the third to mark only her third homer of the season. She hit one in the season opener against Utah State (Feb. 9) and pounded two against Iowa on Feb. 19.

" With 12 strikeouts in todays contest, Arizona State hurler Katie Burkhart recorded her 22nd double-digit strikeout contest this season.

" Oregon States Adrienne Alo came into the game hitting .750 (3-for-4) in WCWS play, topping all other tournament players. ASUs Burkhart struck out Alo in all three of her plate appearances today.

" Knabes homer marked the 20th blast OSUs Brianne McGowan has given up this year. It also marked the third home run McGowan had given up to the Sun Devils this season. In four games against the Beavers, ASU has pounded six home runs.

" McGowan recorded six walks in todays contest, tying her season high. She previously gave up six walks to Baylor (May 20) in NCAA Regionals.

" McGowans solo home run in the bottom of the fifth broke up Burkharts no-hitter and shutout. McGowan hit home runs in both of OSUs WCWS games (both came in the fifth inning to break up a shut out). She is the lone player to tally two home runs in this years WCWS so far.

" McGowans home run was the 25th of her career, tying her for fifth all-time on the OSU career list. The junior shares the position with Steph Adams (2000-03) and is 27 shy of the all-time mark held by Tarrah Beyster (1997-00).

" OSUs Deann Young was 0-for-her-last-15 until her single in the bottom of the fifth. The freshman had not recorded a hit since playing Baylor in the NCAA Regionals (May 20).