NCAA Super Regional Pregame Press Conference Quotes

May 23, 2008

College Station, Texas - The Stanford softball team got its first look at the site of its 2008 NCAA Super Regional today, heading to the Aggie Softball Complex for a morning practice and some interviews.

Here's what Head Coach John Rittman, junior pitcher Missy Penna and sophomore catcher Rosey Neill had to say in today's press conference:

Stanford Head Coach John Rittman

Opening Statement

'We're awfully excited to be here at the Texas A&M Super Regional. We've had a lot of travel in the past month. Our last two conference series were on the road. We were at Oregon and then the Arizonas and then off to UMass for regionals and now here at College Station for super regionals. Our team is really excited about this opportunity. I think it's going to be a great match-up between two great teams. We're looking forward to the competition.'

On the benefit of playing in the Pac-10...

'It definitely is a huge benefit. I think you've seen just about everything you can see in the Pac-10 Conference. That's certainly not to take anything away from the other conferences but week in and week out we're getting tested. We're seeing an All-American type pitcher. We're seeing line-ups that are solid one through nine. I think it benefits the conference to play a schedule like that. When you go through the conference schedule, it gets to be a little bit of a grind but you're definitely ready for postseason when it comes.'

On A&M...

'With A&M, obviously it starts in the circle with Gibson. She's a great pitcher and a great competitor. Defensively, they are outstanding. They make the routine plays. Offensively, they are a gap-to-gap doubles type hitting team. They seem to hit well in clutch situations. They have some team speed. They are going to be very tough and our players know that. We're really looking forward to some tough competition this weekend.'

Junior pitcher Missy Penna

On the effect traveling has on the team...

'Usually we like to travel, it's fun; you're in a hotel and you're with your friends and teammates. But once the work continues to pile up week after week you're like, `Oh gosh'. You have tests; you take mid-terms and finals on the road. I think the key is just to balance it out; do your work as much as you possibly can but don't get too stressed out. So when the time the game comes you're not stressing about work you're just focusing on softball.'

On battling it out in the circle against Gibson...

'I just try to think about it being any other game. I've just got to come out there and pitch my game, whoever we're playing. If we're playing Texas A&M or we're playing any game, I just try and come out there and pitch my game and not worry too much about the other team.'

On her catcher Rosey Neill...

'Rosey is always there. She's going to block the pitch. If there's someone on third and it's a big situation some pitchers might think twice about throwing a low pitch or a drop ball or something. I don't think twice about it. If Rosey tells me to throw it, I throw it. I have a lot of confidence in her and I know she has a lot of confidence in herself to get the job done offensively and defensively.

Sophomore catcher Rosey Neill

On catching Missy Penna...

'She's probably the most fun pitcher I've ever caught. Her ball just moves so much and she just has the attitude to go out and be a champion. Bullpens are always really fun with Missy.'

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