April 6, 2013

Recap |  Box Score

  Head Coach Patty Gasso


On responding to the early deficit:
“I think Michelle [Gascoigne] could tell you that she wasn’t at her best. She knows that, we know that, and it’s all good because that happens. But what I love about Michelle is that she fought through it and that fight allowed us to gain momentum in the dugout. We fed off of that response, that she stayed in the game and she made things work. She started getting ground balls and getting the ball a little bit lower in the strike zone for us. The infielders did a great job of making plays and then we answered for Michelle with those five runs in the third inning which was really important. Michelle was able to go back out there and exhale and try to get her game back. I thought she did a really fighting job, very commendable.

"I just loved what our team did today. I think this game was one of their better ones just with their approach. Throughout the entire game I felt if we were down an 0-1 count and then we’d take a ball for a 1-1 and then we’d foul it off, it’s 1-2, we’d get to 2-2, we’d foul it off, then foul it off, 3-2 then there’s a double through the gap. We just kept fighting with these counts to be patient to get the pitch that we could hit hard. That’s a sign of a very good hitter. We were doing that throughout our lineup today. I thought Brittany Williams capped it off with an absolute monster blast. [Jessica] Shults, so far, has had a great weekend, [Shelby] Pendley obviously has had a great weekend, [Keilani] Ricketts stepped up big offensively today. We have different names of different people throughout and you know we don’t talk very much about Brianna [Turang], but she does a job down at the bottom of the lineup to turn it over to Lauren [Chamberlain], Georgia [Casey] and Shelby. So throughout this lineup it’s been an absolute team effort. I thought they played really, really well. Especially being down early. It didn’t faze them, they weren’t afraid of it. They were ready to attack.”

On being able to fight back in games creating championship team:
“It’s the mark of a team that is hungry to get back there, that’s for sure. Right now the game plan and the mode and the style of thinking is championships. We’ve been playing through the first six weeks and we’ll win a weekend where we’ll go 5-0, but what do you get for it? Just pound-back and 'wow, you guys are doing great.' But now we’re playing for something. We’re playing for naming rights of that outfield fence forever that you can put a 2013 Big 12 Championship there on the wall. We’re playing for opportunities to host. We’re playing for something and they know that. You can see it in the urgency of their play and their focus and they’re really getting locked in at the right time.”

On the long season making it hard to focus on every game:
“It is. These guys have been on a three-week spring break with no games and lots of rain and all kinds of stuff. They’ve been just waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for this moment and thankfully we’ve had great weather. This team is different just because of the experiences they had last year. They don’t take anything for granted. They’re very, very hungry; they’re focused, they’re driven, they’re out for the ultimate prize. Right now our only ultimate prize is Big 12 Championship. We’re not looking for anything else. It’s really focused on that.”

  Senior Michelle Gascoigne


On her mindset after getting down early:
“I just realized that they had a good game plan against me, and I needed to change it up. I was just trusting in my team to score because they’re very good at that. I was just trying to fight through it, make a change and use my defense. They’re making plays behind me so whatever I’ve got to do to get outs to get us back in there.”

On her level of comfort of the pitching rotation:
“It is a good comfort to know that we can get out of a jam right away and not have anybody score. To have that different look is really a luxury that we have. It’s nice to be able to trust in [Keilani Ricketts] coming out of the bullpen. I never worry about it really.”

  Junior Brittany Williams


On what was working for her at the plate:
“I was talking to the previous hitters and just seeing what [Baylor's pitcher] was throwing to them and just taking my hacks at good pitches that came my way.”

On momentum from having runners on base:
“It’s a lot of momentum. It kind of gets me pumped up when runners are on. It gives me a chance to score them in and do my job.”