June 5, 2005
NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
June 2-8, 2005
Don E. Porter ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Game 10: Tennessee 4, Alabama 0
TENNESSEE CO-HEAD COACH Ralph Weekly
"That was a great win for our program. I respect Alabama. We've played them six times this season and every game has been a battle. They've got a bunch of hard-nosed kids that really go out and get it done every time. That makes me more proud of our kids. I mean at one point in the game it might have seemed like we had the game going pretty good when it was 3-0, but in that fourth inning they started getting kids on base. I can't tell you how many times in my four years at UT that we've had seven-inning finishes that have been really, really tough. So, these athletes up here were all critical in the game. Just a great learning experience for our kids."
On added pressure playing Alabama:
"For us it was another tough opponent. That's the way we looked at it. We've been on the same field as them and share a lot of mutual respect. We knew when we started battling that it would be a battle. They won the SEC tournament, but we won out here so it kind of cancels things out."
TENNESSEE SOPHOMORE Monica Abbott
On her performance:
"I struggled a little bit at certain parts during the game. I didn't complete some series and I had trouble finding the strike zone. I had to stay focused and my teammates helped me stay focused."
On facing Michigan later tonight:
"I think it's a great opportunity. We're really excited about it. They're the No. 1 ranked team and they've been really good all season long. We just have to go out there and play our game."
TENNESSEE JUNIOR Kristi Durant
On getting the momentum early against Michigan:
"There's always a sense of urgency and our team handles that very well. We have the motto to win every inning. If we stick to that game plan, it doesn't change. It's the same game. It's going to be a battle and it's going to be a great game. Both teams are really excited and ready to play."
TENNESSEE SOPHOMORE Lindsay Schutzler
On getting runs on the board early:
"I hadn't been hitting well coming into this game, so I was really focused on getting something going for the team and having a good at bat. I wanted to be aggressive out there and try to set a good attitude for the game."
ALABAMA HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"It's fitting that you have Tennessee and Alabama playing in the World Series. Both are 60-plus winners. I congratulate them on a great year. They've upped the ante in the conference, and I'm proud to have them in the SEC. I'm sure we'll both be back here soon."
On the SEC's success in softball this season:
"This is the first year that we've had two teams from the SEC in the World Series. The top five in the conference this year were terrific. I think they could've beaten any team in the country at any time. I'm glad that we got here and that Tennessee beat Arizona."
ALABAMA SENIOR JENNIFER WRIGHT
On pitching against Tennessee:
"I know Tennessee is a good hitting team. I didn't want to just throw the ball down the middle. I was trying to work the corners and see what they would do. I felt like I did better as the game went on."
ALABAMA JUNIOR STACI RAMSEY
On the team that returns next season:
"We bring back a lot of leadership. Stephanie (VanBrakle), Dominique (Accetturo), and I show a lot of leadership, and so do the sophomores. But it's not necessarily physical. Our experience is going to be key for us next year. We know what kind of competition we're going to have to face and how we're going to have to play. It's going to be a good year."
ALABAMA SENIOR ASHLEY COURTNEY
On whether playing a game this morning affected their performance:
"I don't think it affected it that much. We expected to play long games with long hours because we lost the first one. We decided from the start that since we're here, we might as well make a day of it."