June 3, 2006
Game 6: Northwestern 2, Tennessee 0
TENNESSEE CO-HEAD COACH Ralph Weekly
On the loss to Northwestern:
"What I told my team after the game was that I was proud of them, but quite frankly we met a team that wanted it more than us and was more hungry than we were. I think that Northwestern played a fantastic game. Monica (Abbott) pitched a great game. They just beat us. That's all there is to it. When we get one hit in our lineup we have a problem on offense. Monica pitched tremendously. She got us out of scrape after scrape after scrape. There is only so much a pitcher can do and she did it. I'm not saying this to be down on our kids. I am proud of our kids. We told them last night we didn't come here to beat number one, we came here to be number one. But I knew after last night that it would be very hard to get our kids up. We just ran into a buzzsaw and that buzzsaw was purple."
On Tennessee's inability to get the ball in play:
"It is unusual. But we had a lot of film and we knew what we had to do. We just didn't do it. That's all there is to it. We had a solid game plan go into it, we just didn't execute. I can't get down on them for not producing one game."
On the irony of the nation's top two strikeout pitchers losing tonight (Texas' Cat Osterman also lost):
"There is a lot of pressure put on the pitchers when really this is a team game. Our pitcher did her job. Our team, our offense especially, didn't do their job. Our offense has played really well against some really strong teams. We just didn't get it done tonight. I don't think it was the pitcher's fault and, from what I saw earlier, it wasn't in the Texas game, either."
TENNESSEE JUNIOR Monica Abbott
On the pitch she threw to Darcy Sengewald that resulted in a home run:
"It was an inside pitch that hung up a little bit. She was off the plate a lot. She was able to get around on it. I think she was expecting it, too. She was able to get a good cut on it."
NORTHWESTERN HEAD COACH KATE DROHAN
"It was a battle between two excellent pitchers. Our timely hitting tonight was huge and the key to the game. We did an outstanding job of getting out of the sixth inning. It was a huge win for us tonight. My pitching coach, Tori Nyberg, called a great game. She did a great job with a very potent offense in Tennessee."
On whether she'll use two pitchers during the WCWS or use one like tonight:
"I've been asked that question a lot this week. I'm going to use what got us here. It all depends on the matchup and what I feel at that moment in the game. I feel that I have two pitchers that can get it done."
NORTHWESTERN SENIOR KRISTEN AMEGIN
On being labeled the "Cinderella team":
"We have earned every bit of it and year by year we continue to work harder and put in the time. This year, 100 percent of us have been on board. It's so great to go out there and know that every one of your teammates is doing her part. I think that's why we have done so well this year. It's an awesome feeling to progress every year. I'm so proud of every senior and where this program has come from."
NORTHWESTERN JUNIOR EILEEN CANNEY
On her one-hit pitching performance:
"Our pitching coach called a great game plan and worked me around the plate. When the batters made contact, our defense did a great job."
On the team's position after the win:
"We are in a great position. Every aspect of our game is playing at its peak right now."
NORTHWESTERN SOPHOMORE DARCY SENGEWALD
On her home run:
"I felt like I was cheated on my first two at bats so I wanted to go all out on my third. The support of the whole team was great. They were all behind me and I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and go all out."
On if she got a pitch she was looking for:
"It was definitely a pitch I wanted to see. I was looking for something that was inside or over that half of the plate."