Regional Championships Post-Game Quotes - UW 2, UNC 1

May 23, 2010

NCAA Regionals
Post-Game Quotes
Sunday, May 23, 2010

North Carolina vs. Washington

Washington Coach Heather Tarr
Opening Statement: 'We gave everybody what they wanted, a good game. Last year, we went to a regional and faced a pitcher who the country didn't quite know was pretty good. When you face a pitcher that has an ERA just above one, it probably means that a lot of people don't score runs off of them. Not to make any excuses because we have some things that we need to get better at, however, we just faced a pretty good team and a pretty good pitcher. It's good to know moving forward that we are that much better after this weekend. It's similar to last year, where we got really good during Regionals. We got pushed to the limit and then we faced another team. Oklahoma has a left-handed pitcher and obviously already facing a lefty twice this weekend isn't going to hurt us.'

On the Salling bunt: 'Jenn Salling is a player. I think when coaches get in the way of someone that has great instincts for the game, you take the bat out of their hands. She's just a player and knows what to do.'

Freshman catcher Shawna Wright
On the feeling of the game winning hit: 'It's great. All I could think about when I was on deck was get me up to bat [Lawrie]. Just get me up to bat. And she did. Thank goodness.'

On whether she takes it personally when someone is intentionally walked in front on her: 'Definitely, but I'm 0-for-all day so I had to expect that they would do that to get to me and I had to be ready.'

Senior pitcher Danielle Lawrie
On what she told UNC pitcher Danielle Spaulding:'I said she's by far one of the best pitchers I've ever faced. I think when you face people that are like that, they deserve to hear that, especially when it's her senior year. Don't get me wrong, I'm a competitor. But when you see great talent, you've got to let them know. By far, I think she could like the top three pitchers I've ever faced overall with everything coming at you. I thought I needed to let her know.'

On getting walked and Wright hitting the game-winner: 'As soon as I did get walked, I just knew, I don't know, something in my stomach where I knew it was Shawna's time. A bunch of us have struggled at the dish, myself included. That's why I was surprised when I got walked because I hadn't done anything. When I got to first base it was just a feeling. I hugged her after and she said I did that for you after the passed ball. I was just like, you're such a stud. There's no one better for the job.'

Sophomore outfielder Niki Williams
On her homerun: 'On my first at-bat, I just told myself that if you believe you have it, you have it. I stepped in the box and when I swung I definitely thought I missed the ball. I thought it was over my head and I did a little check swing. The next thing I knew, I was running to first and around the bases. Seeing my teammates at home was awesome.'

On the hit that was over her head in the 7th: 'The ball was crushed and all I could think about was getting to the ball and quick I could and throwing her out at [second].'

North Carolina head coach Donna Papa
Opening statement: 'I'm just extremely proud of my team. The effort that they gave this weekend--I thought they battled every inning of every game that we played in, all four games. I'm very thankful to our seniors, they did a great job of leading us...I think we had a fantastic effort against Washington. That was a great battle, two great pitchers on the mound, the teams battled. They scored in the first inning with [Niki] Williams' home run, and we answered in the seventh. I don't think we ever died, we never gave up, and we always thought we were in it to win it. I'm just extremely proud of what this team did this whole weekend and especially today.'

On Danielle Spaulding's legacy: 'Probably, for us, will go down as the most outstanding pitcher that we have ever had at North Carolina. She's just done so much for us that, besides her accolades on the mound, she's been a great hitter for us. She's been one of our RBI leaders, HR leaders. She's just been a threat up at the plate and just outstanding on the mound, and it's going to be a big void for us to fill in the future. I couldn't be more proud of her because she's a great person and a great player.'

North Carolina P Danielle Spaulding
On how she was feeling towards the end of the game: 'I mean, I was ready to go another game if possible. I had all the confidence in my team that we were going to play that third game. Physically, I'm not feeling too good but that didn't really cross my mind. I was shaking it off and just trying to tough it out for my team, be there for the team. My arm and whatever didn't matter to me, I was ready to pitch that third game.'

On her hand: 'I think that's one of the biggest struggles I've had ever since I came back [from injury]. It cramps up a lot and it's going to do that, I've pitched a lot. I really did a lot of rehab for it, stretching and just trying to work it out, but it definitely had taken a toll on my hand.'

North Carolina DP Ally Blake
On her game-tying hit in the seventh: 'I was just trying to do it for my team, and I was put in a good position with Brittany McKinney's hit. It went through my mind that I didn't want that to be [Danielle] Spaulding's last at bat. I just wanted to do it for my team and for the seniors, so I put my best effort in.'

On the game's two pitchers, UW's Lawrie and UNC's Spaulding: 'Well they're both great pitchers, but I'm going to pull for Spaulding right here. I think they both do a great job of moving the ball around the plate, not giving you the same pitch to look at twice, and as you can see from the game they're great pitchers.'

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