April 5, 2013

Recap |  Box Score

  Head Coach Patty Gasso


On how the team responded when Baylor tied the game:
“Fantastic. I think they found ways to get themselves on base, which was important. It’s just the little things like bringing in Erica Sampson, who can put a ball on the ground and find a way to score a run. Laying down a squeeze play. Just bringing momentum into the dugout. Turning the bat over to Lauren [Chamberlain], and she does her thing. [Jessica] Shults fighting counts all night long. Any kinds of strikeouts these guys have, they don’t let it get gnawing in their head. They just come back and fight for it, and that’s what I love about this team, about these two [Shults and Chamberlin] were really exceptional at bat.

"Jessica Shults, this was one of the best games I’ve seen her this season, not just offensively but defensively. She’s knocking balls down, throwing out a runner at second, making a big play toward the end of the game with the fly ball. She really was locked in tonight. I thought the team was ready to play. They were very anxious for the beginning of Big 12. We knew what we were facing on the mound, and they did a good job of hitting it hard and taking advantage of opportunities.”

On extending at-bats:
“We really talked about owning the strike zone and not giving your at-bats up. [The Sooners] did a good job of not chasing pitches out of the zone. We were trying to figure out where the zone was and just be patient with that. I think base-on-balls came around to help us. Those are free base runners. We used that to our advantage. I think they did a good job of understanding and knowing the strike zone and not chasing things out of the zone and just being patient. We missed a couple of opportunities, but this team doesn’t panic. They know what they are made of. They know they are explosive at any time.”

On how this team capitalizes on the other team’s mistakes:
“I think this is a game of momentum, and [the Sooners] know how to create it, and know how to run with it. [The Sooners] have done a great job all season at doing it with two outs and extending. They kept saying hand it over, kind of hand your next at bat. They did a good job of that. We had some really quality at-bats. Their center fielder made some really outstanding plays. We hit the ball hard all night, and I think [the Sooners] looked good and felt good. We are just going to have to keep it up tomorrow.”

On what the team did right tonight:
“It’s a pretty good feeling as a coach to look in the dugout and have so many options. Being able to bring somebody in to run and her being so aggressive. Bring in Paris Townsend, who draws a walk. I am dying to see connection on that kid because she just walks. I mean, that’s a good thing. She’s patient, she’s understanding the strike zone, but she’s got tremendous power.

"Just bring in runners, bringing in hitters, bringing in defense. Bring in Michelle [Gascoigne]. Michelle came in and shut down something that was starting to get a little out of our hands and came in and got the big out. This has got to be a tag-team the whole way. We’re not riding on one. We’re not riding on another. It’s got to be a tag-team. We’ve got to understand that. We’ve got to come out of the bullpen ready to stop the fire and give the momentum back to our dugout. Michelle, just being able to call her out of the bullpen, and her doing what she’s doing was big. It’s really cool to have so many options and have a hard time deciding who you want to use here and who you want to use there because the bench is so hefty in that way.”

  Senior Jessica Shults


On how tough the game was:
“I just think the Big 12 is a different mentality. Everyone wants to win, and everyone brings her A-game. They came ready to play, and we came ready to play, too. I love Big 12’s. It’s a dogfight out there like Coach Gasso said. It’s anybody’s game. I feel like we came and really kept the momentum tonight.”

On the atmosphere and attitude of the dugout during the game:
“It’s the first game of Big 12. We wanted to bring it. We want to win that first game, so I feel like our energy, I was just feeling it. I feel like our whole dugout the whole night, 21 of us strong is what we have been saying all year, and you really saw it tonight.”

  Sophomore Lauren Chamberlain


On working deep in the counts against Baylor’s pitchers:
“Just being patient. Just getting good pitches to hit. I think that’s our mentality for these pitchers. Also working with Coach [Tripp] MacKay on different game plans is huge and just trusting that we’ve worked this whole past week on preparing for them.”