Post-game notes and quotes: Washington vs. NorthwesternJune 1, 2007NORTHWESTERN HEAD COACH KATE DROHAN

Opening comment:
Clearly, were disappointed. I felt Washington had an excellent game plan coming in and they executed it really well. They took control of the game early. This tournament is a double-elimination tournament for a reason, and well get ourselves together. Well talk about the game. Well look at some film. Well be ready to go tomorrow.

On the failure of an early charge:
I think at that moment we needed to put the ball in play. We didnt make it happen, and this is a game of momentum. They pushed that run in the next inning and thats the game.


On whether the rain delay had an impact on the game:
I really dont think it had that much of an effect on the game. I think that we came in ready to play and we had a great attitude going into it.


On Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie:
She works both sides of the plate really well. So, as a hitter you just have to be able to hit both sides of the plate very well. She has a lot of movement. Shes a good pitcher.


Opening comment:
Well, we did not expect to come out and run-rule a team like Northwestern. But I told the team when you have a plan and you know what youre trying to do and you can execute it, good things happen.

On the performance of pitcher Danielle Lawrie:
She is our go-to gal right now. In a tournament like this it lends to your being able to put in one pitcher and put it in the pitcher that is hot. Danielle is pretty fresh right now due to the fact that she did not have to pitch every single game of our season. Caitlin Noble carried a big-time part of the load, which helps Danielle right now at this point. She is ready to go and has been preparing for this the whole season. Today was kind of interesting. The zone was a little different than we have been used to, so some pitchers will get rattled and not have anything else to go to. Fortunately Danielle and Alicia Matthews, our catcher, were able to make an adjustment and throw something else that was going to get called for a strike. So that was a great job by them.


On getting out of a second-inning jam:
That is a frustrating inning for any pitcher when that happens. But at the end of the day I just look back on previous years when that has happened. It happened quite a few times last year. I can actually recall when it happened against Stanford. We played them at home in back-to-back games and it happened. That same situation and I came out and got the two strikeouts. For a pitcher, having that past experience and being able to execute in certain situations helps you out a lot. It makes you realize I can get myself out of these situations because I have before. The team knows I can and they have been there for me. When the team has confidence in me that makes me pitch better, and tonight it showed.

On her fresh arm:
It is awesome. It is a great momentum builder because I can say, Hey, I feel I can throw 20 innings and still feel good. It is good to have a pitcher like Caitlin (Noble) that can throw those other games and help me out big time. Hats off to her and I thank her for that. We both did a great job this past season. Feeling good in the postseason is great for a pitcher when you know you are going to pitch the majority of the innings.


On her team being the underdog:
I think we went into this every week during the postseason. Even in regionals, people thought that we were going to get beat and that there was going to be an underdog come out of that and we won that. Even playing Alabama at home people thought that they were going to beat us and it was nice to prove those people wrong. Then to come here, we said we got here and were not just happy to get here, but were here to battle and win this just like everybody else. I think a lot of people have doubts in their mind but were proving them wrong these last three weeks.


" Washington improved to 42-17 on the year (15-12 all-time in the College World Series) while Northwestern fell to 51-12 (33-22 in the WCWS).

" The victory marked the first time UW has won multiple games at the WCWS since 1999 when the Huskies finished runner-up to UCLA.

" The five-inning 9-0 run-rule victory marked the first run rule in WCWS play since Fresno State defeated Michigan 8-0 in 1998. Tonights nine-run decision marked the largest margin of victory since 1995 when Arizona defeated Cal State Fullerton 11-0.

" Washington moved into a tie for fifth with Cal State Fullerton in all-time NCAA Tournament wins at 59.

" The Huskies scored five fifth-inning runs before Northwestern recorded an out. Including tonights contest, UW is outscoring opponents 52-to-17 in the fifth frame this year.

" Washingtons six fifth-inning runs were the most in a WCWS frame since UCLA scored six in the fourth inning against Stanford in 2004. Twelve UW batters came to the plate in the fifth tonight.

" The Huskies nine runs marked their most in WCWS play since scoring nine against Cal in 1996.

" The 9-0 decision marked Northwesterns worst defeat since falling to Kansas 11-1 on Feb. 7, 2004.

" The Huskies improved to 31-9 this year when scoring first (they scored two runs in the third inning for the second consecutive game).

" Washingtons Danielle Lawrie struck out 11 hitters tonight, increasing her current single-season school record to 442.

" Washingtons Ashley Charters became the first leadoff hitter in this years WCWS to record a hit in the first inning.

" Tonights contest marked the first match up between the two schools.