Jackson State Postgame Quotes



May 21, 2011

Jackson State Quotes
Head Coach Rick Fremin
Opening statement:
“My initial comment is we had a little bit better of a performance than yesterday, and a little bit of fight at the end, which is a good note to end on as far as us moving forward as a program in the future.”

On overall season performance:
“As far as the season goes, I took over the program three weeks before the first game, and the program before that had one winning season in the history of the program, never went to a regional, never went to postseason and never won a conference championship. I’m just proud of the girls to believe in a system, kind of get hot midway and finish strong throughout the conference tournament and to bring a championship back to the University. Of course, I would have loved the same team that played towards the end of the year to play against the University of Alabama and also against Chattanooga. Not to take anything from the pitchers we faced, they did a phenomenal job, but at the same time you saw a small glimpse in the last inning from an offensive standpoint. I feel that this lays a good foundation being represented at a regional. There are so many teams that would love to be here that aren’t playing this weekend. Any time you finish the season in postseason, I feel that it’s positive. Hopefully this is the first of many, and we can represent our conference well and also continue to build this program. If this is the regional we draw next year then I look forward to returning because the University of Alabama has been great to us as far as making us feel welcome.”

#3 LeEthel Guillory, RHP
On her pitching:
“To be honest, I haven’t recovered from our (conference) tournament. My arm hasn’t been the same since the SWAC Tournament. I am just not able to go as long. I guess my stamina is not what it was before then.”

On the seventh-inning rally:
“ It meant a lot. It means that we still had fight no matter what the score. No matter how much we are down, we still want to give it a go.”

#6 Arianna Smith, C
On what she saw from the pitcher (Nikki Waters):
“She threw a lot of curveballs as her go-to pitch. I noticed as she got ahead in the lineup she liked to throw a changeup, and that was getting a lot of our batters, but I waited and anticipated it.”

On the seventh-inning rally:
“We still had fight and heart. We had to play as hard in the last inning.”