Oklahoma vs. Tulsa
March 9, 2014
Head Coach Patty Gasso
On the win:
"I think this was one of the best all-around games, and you're going to go, 'Whoa, what do you mean? You guys have strikeouts and so forth,' but she [Kelsey Stevens] was in championship-form right there. Phenomenal display of pitching out of this young woman, who has been working really hard to get to that point, against a really good Tulsa team that can swing.
In their [Tulsa's] own right, they have one of the best pitchers in the country and we know that and she's going to strike you out quite a few times and we knew that, as well. Once we got through the lineup, you could see things start to change and some more tougher at-bats. You saw these guys battling with two strikes. What I loved about Lauren [Chamberlain] -- they had bases loaded and this intense, crazy battle with their hitter against out pitcher. We got the 3-2 count, got the strikeout, everybody's excited and momentum's in our dugout and two pitches later, we're up one to nothing. Lauren opens the door and everyone starts to fall in and Shelby [Pendley] came in with a big hit and we got her to second. So we put ourselves, more than a few times, in opportunities to win or put runners in scoring position. We found ways to do it.
[Tulsa] is a very, very good team. That is a team that is going to be tough in the postseason. It was a quality win, especially this time of the season. We needed that style of game. That game was a postseason, intense-style game. And we are two teams that have a lot of history playing each other. We respect each other, but we play to win on both sides. So it was really a fun game to be a part of and I think our team improved a ton and I think we learned a lot of lessons at the same time."
On her expectations for next weekend at Louisiana-Lafayette:
"Well after I meet President Obama, we hope to go in and -- it's tough to play down against the Cajuns and it's something new for these athletes, so we're going to have to stay composed. Right now we're in a position where we need to win two out of three or get a sweep. That's our attitude now. When we go against ranked teams, that's the attitude and that's the goal. That's the mentality the rest of the way."
Sophomore Kelsey Stevens
On her approach for the game:
"We had a good game plan from the start. We knew their hitters and I was just really trying to get ahead of the batter and throw strikes."
On her mindset during the 12 pitch at-bat:
"I was just thinking, 'Keep throwing strikes. Eventually she's going to pop one up or strike out,' but I wasn't going to let her walk, that's for sure. I figured I'd get one of the two and a strikeout is nice."
Junior Lauren Chamberlain
On adjustments made in her home-run at-bat after striking out earlier:
"Just to not get into that situation [being fooled by a pitch]. I really just wanted to be aggressive in my next at-bat. I was just on an adrenaline high from watching [Stevens] win that challenge, so I was just thinking, swing at the first pitch that I liked."
On her excitement to visit the White House:
"It's cool and it's just another opportunity that softball's given us. We thank God for the talents that got us the national championship last year, so it's awesome to celebrate one more time with the old team. We have some old players coming back that have graduated, too; it's going to be cool. And of course, meeting [President] Obama and the White House, that's awesome."