May 17, 2009
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Head coach Patrick Murphy
Opening statement: "It was a very entertaining game. I think that's
the first time in my career here that the fans wanted the game to go
seven innings. The coaching staff certainly didn't, but you could tell
they wanted us to go out and keep playing defense. What a great
game by the defense. Charlotte [Morgan] got ground balls and the
defense took care of the rest. That was very impressive."
On his defensive play: "We play situations all the time in practice
and try to hit every possible ball to see if they can make the play. The
double plays that Montalvo turned are routine for her in practice."
On the atmosphere the defense generated: "We're more known for
our offense, but today it seemed like it was the opposite. A lot of people
were wanting to see more defense. Charlotte [Morgan] had two
walks and no strikeouts so that's a lot of balls in play and you have to
be ready at all times."
On the first inning setting the tone: "Texas' pitcher was only her
eighth decision so I thought if we could put something together early,
we could put them away."
On heading into the Super Regionals: "The conference tournament
is step one, this [Regionals] is step two, and Super Regionals is step
three. We preached from the beginning that we wanted to peak at the
right time and I think it's playing out that we are. We have different
people coming through and hopefully we can keep moving up."
On the defense taking away Texas' baserunners: "It's great. Today
may not have been my best performance but I have full confidence in
my defense and as a pitcher, knowing that makes our job much easier.
I never got stressed when a batter got on, I knew my defense was
going to be behind me 100 percent."
On her home run: "One thing I love about being a pitcher and hitter
is being able to come back and help the team on offense. Being
able to get the hit at that point in the game was awesome. Our goal is
always to score in the first inning and every inning. There was a runner
in scoring position and that's all I was thinking. It feels great to be
able to contribute to my team offensively."
On setting the NCAA record for double plays in a game: "I had
no clue whatsoever. We didn't even hear it being announced. It just
makes us want to go back out and make it harder for it to be broken."
On if she knew something special was happening during the game:
"To tell you the truth, at the fourth one, I started thinking, `this has
got to mean something.' It was special after that I thought."
On preparing for Super Regionals: "Going into Super Regionals, I
think it's a lot easier to focus on. We only have to worry about one
team and concentrating on that team. In Regionals you have to see
who you're going to play, who's going to eliminate who, but right
now we know this week will be all about that team. I think it's a lot
easier for us."
Head Coach Connie Clark
Opening Statement: "When you think about ending your season you
go into the mode of the progress that you've made, and I think we've
made some progress from last year to this year. I am really proud of
the team. This is a tough regional to play in. I am proud of the way
we battled, proud that we got ourselves into the championship game
and had an opportunity against the top-seeded Alabama. You have
to tip your cap. They are a tough team. They are very good defensively,
very good in the circle and they are tremendous hitters. They
are a very good ball club and we wish them well."
On Alabama's five defensive double plays: "It's significant. We
started Erin Tresselt because we knew Brittany Barnhill started the
first game and it was more about keeping their hitters off balance
because they had seen Brittany the day before. We felt like we were
going to use probably two or three pitchers today. We kept it close
early. I know we gave up a homerun early, but we kept it within
three runs. We got hits and got people on base, but to ground into
double plays like that really takes the air out of you."
On Alabama's lineup: "Alabama is exceptional with two strikes.
With two strikes, they were fouling pitches off that were over their
head and out of the zone. When you have a team like that that battles
well and competes well with two strikes, they are tough outs. We see
a lot of good offenses in the Big-12, but Alabama is one of the best
we have seen this year."
No. 10 Amy Hooks, catcher
On being part of an offense that hit into five double plays:
"Offensively, we hit the ball hard today and we kept hitting it hard
and if we are hitting the ball hard at people then they aren't getting
those double plays. We don't get down on that. We just kept hitting
the ball hard and tried to get it through the infield. We kept thinking
that it would fall and get through but today they played some good
defense and got some double plays out of us hitting the ball hard."
No. 16 Brittany Barnhill, pitcher
On Alabama's lineup: "They're tough, but coming from the Big-12
we have faced Texas A&M and Oklahoma and they are tough. There
is not much you can throw at them. They are very disciplined at the
plate and especially when you have an umpire that's a little tight,
it's kind of hard to work the corners. You have to keep it close and
just hope that you get ground balls or pop ups out of them. They are
tough and do very well with their hitting."