Feb. 22, 2014 - Alabama Softball Postgame Quotes



Feb. 22, 2014

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Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy

On the UCF game:
“In a good game, with two good pitchers, the little things are going to come back and either count for you or against you. We didn’t do enough to score early on but got the win in the end.”

On Leslie Jury’s performance:
“She matched [UCF starter Mackenzie Audas] pitch-for-pitch. She had some key strikeouts. Her changeup was awesome today. That was the best I have seen her changeup in three years.  The one girl almost threw her bat to our dugout, she got fooled that bad. They got to second a couple of times but I really can’t think of anything else that they threatened on.”

On winning 800 games at Alabama:
“I have been blessed to be with such great coaches and players over the years. That has been what it is all about: great coaches and great players who have won all those games.”


Junior Pitcher Leslie Jury
On her performance:
“Whenever I am in a situation like that all I want to think about is each pitch, where they are called and spinning it up right to keep them off the scoreboard. I want to give our girls as much as I can to go ahead. I tried to stay ahead, because when you are ahead you can get batters to chase more. They are more prone to get out if you are ahead. I have spent a lot of time working on that [changeup].”


Sophomore Outfielder Haylie McCleney
On the importance of getting on base:
“In the last inning against UCF, it was more of an unintentional intentional walk. I think in the first game, the umpire was kind of squeezing the zone a little bit. If he is going to do that then it is my job as leadoff hitter to get on base because I have really great hitters behind me. Anything that I can do to get on base and to let them hit and get runs in, that is what I am going to do.”


Senior Infielder Ryan Iamurri
On scoring the game-winning run against UCF on her senior day:
“When [Kaila] Hunt got out at the plate before me, I was thinking ‘huh, this might kind of be a fate thing’. Clearly Molly [Fichnter’s] at-bat might have been a fate thing. I am so glad that our team could pull it out in seven innings. Mackenzie Audas is a great pitcher, so for us to pull through is a great thing. A lot of us were just missing balls or hitting right at people. You have to stick with it because they are going to fall eventually. Mine did in the last inning and those are the odds. You will hit liners at someone but eventually it will find a hole as long as we get the barrel to the ball and put it in play. We need to face pitchers like this early. I think that the SEC was kind of a rude awakening for us last year and this year we are seeing good pitching and are able to make adjustments so that we’re not panicking as much.”