Tuscaloosa Regional Game 6 Postgame Quotes



May 19, 2013

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HEAD COACH Patrick Murphy
Opening Statement:

"I want to congratulate Western Kentucky first off. They had a great year and represented themselves and the Sun Belt Conference very well. For their first appearance in an NCAA Regional - I know it was a tough day today, but I didn't think they looked like a first-timer Friday or Saturday. I am sure they will be back because they have a lot of young, really good kids. Second, we always say we are going to save the best for last and peak at the right time and [today] was probably the best we have played all year. I watched their left handed pitcher yesterday and I was thinking to myself `I hope she doesn't pitch against us,' because I thought she did a really good job against USC Upstate, [but] they did start her. Our defense was very good and we had 15 hits, so I am a happy coach."

#10 Kaila Hunt, 2B
On if this win today showed that Alabama is still in the hunt: "We wanted to try to make a statement. I thought we did a really good job. They are a great team - obviously they made it to the Tuscaloosa Regional Championship. I thought like Coach Murphy said we are starting to peak at the right time and I thought we got a lot of timely hits and Jackie Traina pitched great, [and we] played really great defense."

#19 Danielle Richard, DH
On the power of Alabama hitting today: "It helps any team when you have good hitters. Today - like Kaila Hunt said - we just had timely hitting. We had a lot of successful bunts today with Jadyn Spencer and Danae Hays laying down good bunts. It's all about all of it coming together."

#33 Jackie Traina, P
On today's performance:

"I felt great. Leslie Jury came in [for me] and did a great job and that's why we have a [pitching] staff, that's what they're for. Lauren Sewell could have been put in the same position. I am confident in them."

On her successful changeup today:
"Well when you don't have something else, you need to make sure that another pitch is just as good. I am pretty confident in all of them."

Western Kentucky

Opening Statement:

"We came to play and I believe we did that. It's a great experience for our program. I know that the returners are excited about the possibilities now. Our program has definitely moved into a different direction - all thanks to our six seniors that we have - one of which is here - Ciara Garcia. They have given everything that they have every single game. Without the leadership that those six seniors have provided for us we wouldn't be here today."

On the four years:

"It has been a great experience. From the bottom - we didn't go to conference - we didn't go to regionals. Every year we have grown so much. All six of us as seniors - we call ourselves `the wolf pack' because we have to fight for everything against all obstacles. Playing out there at regionals and the championship of the regional - it was a great feeling to see my teammates around me and know that this is the team I wanted to play with. It's been such a great ride and it's just weird to be suddenly done. I wouldn't have chosen to play with anyone else."