Postgame Quotes: OU vs. Texas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 18, 2014

Oklahoma vs. Texas
Postgame Quotes
April 18, 2014

Head coach Patty Gasso

On the difference between Thursday and Friday night:
“Well, we just from the start didn’t play well. I think we came out a little bit soft, and we didn’t give Texas enough credit that they were going to come in and go out and attack. We weren’t ready in the first, and you could see by the delayed steal and those kinds of things. They were very aggressive and we weren’t. We had an opportunity in the first inning to answer back with the bases loaded and nobody out, and that really kind of—we stepped back. We stepped backwards on that. I give Texas total credit because they hit the ball hard and they put themselves in position to score and they had great timely hitting, and that’s what this game is about. Their pitcher did a really, really good job. I though their defense was outstanding. We hit the ball hard and they made plays. Every part of their game was working, and when that happens, any team’s tough to beat. At the same time, I don’t think we had much of any of our game working, and thus the outcome. The beauty of this team and this program is that you can hit us hard one time and we usually respond, so I expect that we’ll be completely ready to play tomorrow. You’re going to see a completely different look from this team that’s ready to fight. We understand that this is a big game for both sides because it’s going to give the advantage to one team or the other as we go into the rest of the Big 12.”

On her message to the team after the game:
“The message was, the beauty of our game is that you get to fix it the next day. You usually always get the next day to get it right. We are going to wash this away, we’re going to credit them for playing well and for us not giving much of a fight back, and we’re going to have a completely different approach where we’re going to leave everything we have on the field and we’re going to be ready from the first pitch.”

On how leaving the bases loaded in the first affected the team:
“I felt like we were going to—we usually come back and answer a score, and when we didn’t in the first it didn’t really concern us because we knew that we were going to find ways to get ourselves on base, but it just started to take too long. We couldn’t get anything ignited. Our at-bats were too many routine outs, but then again, they were making good plays. They were taking us out of the game with some of their defensive plays. I think as long as the score going into the fourth inning or even the fifth inning was 3-0, we thought we were going to explode. Then when they spotted four in the fifth, it’s hard to come back. Our goal was to keep—to me, they sent us a message saying, ‘We’re beating you guys now, 9-0, and our No. 1 pitcher is still on the mound.’ So that’s telling me you’re not comfortable with the idea that we can come back on you. I think an advantage for us is that they kept their pitcher out there, so we’ll see. She’s done a good job and I imagine she’ll be out there tomorrow. We’ve seen her twice, and whatever they bring, whatever they put out on the mound, this team’s going to step up offensively and be ready to score.”



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