Game 1: Washington 3, De Paul 1 - Postgame
Game 1: Washington 3, De Paul 1 -- Postgame Notes & QuotesMay 30, 2007
NCAA WOMENS COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
May 31- June 6, 2007
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla. POSTGAME NOTES
Game 1: Washington 3, DePaul 1
-- Washingtons Danielle Lawrie recorded just the 16th no-hitter in WCWS history, striking out nine to earn her 30th win of the season. It marked the first College World Series no-hitter in Washington program history.
-- Lawries no-hitter was the first in a World Series game since UCLAs Keira Goerl achieved the feat against California in 2003.
-- Lawrie joins UCLAs Tiffany Boyd (1989) and Lisa Fernandez (1993) as the only pitchers to record a no-hitter in the opening game of the World Series.
-- Thursday marked the first time in WCWS history that a pitcher threw a no-hitter while also giving up a run. Lawrie surrendered an unearned run after a walk and an error in the third inning.
-- Washington has won 10 of 11 games against the Blue Demons since 1995.
-- DePaul and Washington also faced each other in the opening game of the 2000 WCWS with the Huskies winning by a 3-2 margin.
-- Washington improved to 14-12 all-time in the WCWS, while DePaul fell to 2-7.
-- The three walks allowed by DePaul starting pitcher Tracie Adix gave her just 26 free passes surrendered this season. The last time Adix, the 2007 Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year, gave up more than one walk in a game was May 3 against Northwestern (her last loss in the circle).
-- The two-run home run surrendered by Adix to Washingtons Dena Tyson in the fourth inning marked her first run allowed in the 2007 postseason, breaking a streak of 23.2 innings.
-- The home run by UWs Tyson in the third inning was her first since April 29 and 18th of the season.
-- Ashlyn Watson added a homer of her own in the fourth inning, her second of the year. The last time the Huskies recorded a multi-home run game was May 12 against Arizona (2).
-- Washington is making its eighth trip to the World Series and first since 2004. The Huskies were national runners-up in 1996 and 1999.
-- DePaul is making its fourth appearance in the WCWS and second in the last three years. The Blue Demons are the lowest seed (No. 14) to make it to Oklahoma City after sweeping No. 3 seed Oklahoma in Norman last weekend.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH HEATHER TARR
DePaul was a very tough team. I know we no-hit them, but they were very tough at the plate and were very tough outs. Our team played great defense behind Danielle (Lawrie) and Alicia Matthews caught a great game. It was a great job by Dena (Tyson) for staying tough after her first at-bat by knocking Ashley Charters in with a home run. Ashlyn (Watson) really took the wind out of their sails with the other one. We did a good job.
On what the win does for her team:
I think anytime you make an appearance in the World Series you start to pat yourself on the back a little bit as a team. We have had many highs. Our regional and super regional wins were big. We have to keep ourselves composed and understand there is a lot more softball to be played. It is more important being able to execute our game in this stage at this level versus telling myself I won my first coaching game at the World Series. It is more important that we are composed in this setting. You can go two-and-out really easy back-to-back.
WASHINGTON SOPHOMORE PITCHER DANIELLE LAWRIE
On the game:
Great defense and great offense wins games. I would like to thank my team for getting clutch runs when we needed some when we went down. It was a hard situation walking the girl with the (10)-second rule. I had to battle back and stay focused on the task at hand. I had to stay consistent throughout the whole game even though they scored a run because I knew we were going to come back.
On throwing a no-hitter in the WCWS:
It was awesome and something I am going to always remember. It was a great feeling. There is not much more to say other than thanks to Alicia (Matthews) for helping me out and calling a great game. Without her helping me stay consistent and keeping teams off balance I would be nowhere.
WASHINGTON SENIOR FIRST BASEMAN DENA TYSON
On her home run:
I figured I had a second chance with two outs and it was a see-the-ball, hit-the-ball type of thing. My dad always told me it only takes one swing. If you look at it, I dont really feel like it was a good day with me going 1-3 with two strikeouts. You come in when you need to come in and get the run when you need it.
WASHINGTON SOPHOMORE DESIGNATED PLAYER ASHLYN WATSON
On her home run:
Tracie (Adix) was a really good pitcher and we were battling all day. It was hard in the first at-bat and hats off to her for pitching so well. It was just one of those things where the bat and the ball met at the perfect moment.
WASHINGTON SOPHOMORE CATCHER ALICIA MATTHEWS
On why she thought Danielle Lawrie was so effective today:
The first inning was a little shaky. She came back and really threw her best stuff out there and she really brought it. It was awesome to see.
DePAUL HEAD COACH EUGENE LENTI
I think it was just a day where we didnt execute our game plan. We had a much different game plan, obviously. We didnt expect to get no hits. We wanted our hitters to be aggressive, but you have to give (Danielle) Lawrie credit. She kept us off balance the whole day and when you have a pitcher pitching the way she is and defense plays. Their defense was a little shaky, but they made great plays when they had too. We have a lot of work to do but you have to give a lot of credit to Washington because they did the things that we wanted to. I always talk about that there are four aspects to the game: hitting, base running, defense and pitching. Well, we ran the bases really well and we defended really well but we didnt hit or pitch up to our ability. The way we got here was by great pitching by Tracie (Adix) and Becca (Heteniak) and timely hitting. But we didnt have timely hitting and Tracie just wasnt the Tracie that we have seen all year long. But we are glad that she got that out of her system, because she has promised me that she has got better stuff left in her for the rest of the way out. So we know where we need to get better. We are going to hit the practice field hard tomorrow and have a nice long, hard practice and hope the results will be better.
On what Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie did to get DePaul off balance:
Well, we were getting ourselves off. It is a matter of taking pitches that werent in the strike zone. That is really what it comes down to. But thats the pitchers job, too, thats the pitchers focus. So you have to shake the catchers hand, too, for calling the game plan. We had a ton of strikeouts on her change-up. We just chased a lot of balls. We knew where the strike zone was.
DePAUL SENIOR PITCHER TRACIE ADIX
On her performance:
I felt a little more loose during warm-ups. I didnt feel tight. I didnt feel like anything was really off. I felt good in the beginning of the game. Theyre just big swingers and big hitters and they got a hold of them.
On the home run pitch to Washingtons Dena Tyson:
It just wasnt in far enough. It cut back off the plate and she just took the change-up over the fence.
DePAUL SOPHOMORE RIGHTFIELDER STEPHANIE BLAGAICH
On the game:
I thought that we didnt play as well as we should have. I think that we just didnt do what we should have. We knew coming in that she was pushing the inside, but we were just off the plate.
On how they will handle it from here:
We have to play every game like its our last and we didnt play like that today. I think we all know now that if we dont play better than today, we are going to go home for real next time and that we dont have another second chance.
On if she thought DePauls first run was enough:
No, no I knew it wasnt enough. I knew we needed to score one or two more as a security run. I knew that Washington was going to come out there and they werent going to give up right away.
-- Courtesy Oklahoma