Post-game notes & quotes: Arizona vs. DePaul
Post-game notes & quotes: Arizona vs. DePaulJune 2, 2007
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA
Obviously at this stage of the game every game is huge. Today was a must win. I liked what I saw. We met today and were going to take one game at a time. We are a long ways from dead, thats for sure. This is a big win. Taryne (Mowatt) did well and our offense did some good things. What its all about right now is to keep playing.
On pitcher Taryne Mowatt:
She is throwing well and needs to continue to throw well. I am confident that she can take us all the way.
On Chelsie Mesas game tonight after committing the seventh-inning error last night:
It was a big day for her. It is part of being an athlete. You have to learn to handle the ups and downs and no one felt any worse than she did. I grabbed her last night and told her I loved her and to forget about it because we need to move forward. She is a great player and as long as you put a uniform on and compete things like that are going to happen. I dont have a problem with that and I can handle that. The thing I was looking at today was how she would react from that. It took a little bit and she had a few moments, but I think when she got on the field she was ready to go and, obviously, any little confidence is good for her. She is a good hitter and I think we have nine hitters in our lineup that I think can contribute. I think that is a big part of our confidence.
ARIZONA SENIOR CENTER FIELDER CAITLIN LOWE
On her two-run double in the fifth:
I was looking for a good pitch up in the zone, something to get out of the infield. I was able to get a good pitch and that is what happened. Coach asked if I was comfortable seeing the ball well and I said yes, so I went for it.
ARIZONA JUNIOR CATCHER CALLISTA BALKO
On the teams defense:
Coach said coming in that defense is going to win this tournament and that is exactly what it is. Weve got Jenae (Leles) on third base who cant make an error, knock on wood. We have solid corners. When I see the ball hit from my point of view I have confidence in every single girl. Our corners are quick. (Shortstop) Foxy (Kristie Fox) can get to the bag for the throw and (center fielder) Caitlin (Lowe) could cover the whole outfield by herself. So our defense is very good.
On Taryne Mowatt:
She is doing very well right now. I cant say anything bad about her. She is throwing better than I have ever seen her throw and she has great endurance right now. It is tough throwing in this kind of weather. They are emotionally exhausting but she is doing a great job.
ARIZONA JUNIOR PITCHER TARYNE MOWATT
On if facing Washington for the fourth time this season is an advantage:
We have a lot of video on them. We have played them three times this year. So we know a lot about them. So we are just going to go out there and stick to the game plan that has worked the times we have been successful. Sometimes it is an advantage, but no matter who we face tomorrow we are going to go out and give them all we have. We are still planning to win this whole thing.
DePAUL HEAD COACH EUGENE LENTI
In regards to the game, it was a great game. I am really proud of our kids. Arizona had a lot of opportunities to score; they capitalized on a couple of those. The big one was the two-run inning. It was a great job by Caitlin Lowe. She is one of the best players in the country. We were obviously ahead in the count, we were hoping to get a ground ball somewhere, but she did make a game-changing play. I thought Jackie (Tarulli-Fisher) had a great run, picking one off of third to give us a little bit of a lift. But it was just a good pitch that hit the wrong spot. The kids did a great job, they battled all year long. In regards to the season for us, it was phenomenal. I had the time of my life with this group. They are just a great group. I dont know if there will ever be a group like them. They have a special place in DePaul history.
On his teams lack of scoring:
Thats just a credit (Taryn) Mowatt. She was on fire. Her change-up was just unbelievable. A lot of our hitters were bending their front knee and if a pitcher can get their hitters to do that then its hard to hit the ball. She had a lot going for her today. Her curve ball was working really well. I think we did a good job staying off her rise ball. But that curve ball is pretty tough. Thats the best pitch in softball or baseball I think. It really upsets the hitter and she had it working for her tonight. Thats one thing we just have to shake their hands and say it was their night, not ours. There really isnt much else you can do about it. We had a couple opportunities where there were runners on where we failed to execute and that is where her rise ball killed us. So we probably lost ourselves a few chances to run the bases earlier in the game.
DePAUL SENIOR CENTER FIELDER LINDA SECKA
On being back at the WCWS and winning a game:
It was a great experience. This year we knew that if we came in and played our game we were going to win a game. So it was exuberating. But at the same time we knew that if we came out with the right stuff we would win a couple games.
DePAUL JUNIOR RIGHT FIELDER SANDY VOJIK
On the difference between DePauls two games today:
I think her change-up was just throwing us off. We were right on everything else. Its just that change of speed that totally throws you off. It is always easy to hit a pitcher that is throwing one speed, because that is all you have to be ready for. But (Mowatt) did a great job.
" Arizona catcher Callista Balko gunned down two DePaul base stealers on the night in three attempts. Through three WCWS games this year, Balko has allowed only two stolen bases on five attempts. In her WCWS career, the Tucson, Ariz., native has caught 5-of-8 players attempting to steal.
" Arizona senior shortstop Kristie Fox has recorded a hit in 13 of her last 14 games. With a 2-for-4 effort this evening, Fox recorded her first multi-hit game since hitting safely twice on May 4 against Oregon.
" Wildcat freshman KLee Arredondo matched her career high with her two hits tonight.
" With the win, the Wildcats improved to 46-13-1 on the season (53-24 all-time in WCWS play) while DePaul was eliminated with a final season record of 47-13 (3-8 all-time in the WCWS).
" Arizona improved its all-time series record against DePaul to 9-3. The two teams are now knotted up in games played in the WCWS at one win apiece.
" The Wildcats improved to 53-3 when scoring at least one run in the WCWS.
" DePaul catcher Jackie Tarulli-Fisher recorded her first pick-off of the 2007 season when she gunned down Jill Malina at third base with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.
" Wildcat hurler Taryne Mowatt recorded her 16th shutout of the year in improving to 38-11.
" Mowatt gave up just two hits in the complete game effort. She has pitched all 22 innings for Arizona in this years WCWS and has surrendered only six hits.
" DePaul senior Tracie Adix concluded her collegiate career giving up three runs on 10 hits, finishing the year with a 22-4 record.
" Blue Demon pitcher Stephanie Blagaich pitched the final inning of the loss, marking the first pitching performance for the sophomore since Feb. 9 against Nebraska. She faced five Arizona batters and gave up one run on two hits.
" A record-breaking WCWS crowd of 8,222 was on hand for the session, breaking the previous single-session record of 8,049 set in the 2000 championship session between Oklahoma and UCLA.