March 7, 2014
U-M Junior Pitcher Haylie Wagner
On her approach to getting Arizona out ... "My focus was on hitting the corners and making my pitches. That was the key thing. I knew going out there that I needed to hit corners and get them to swing and miss or jam them."
On how she developed her groove ... "Right after the first inning, I felt completely comfortable out there. I knew it was going to be a tough game, but this is where it starts if you want to get to the Women's College World Series. You've got to fight. After the first, I knew my team was going to be there."
On the defensive effort behind her ... "I thought they were great -- I trust them and they trust me. I knew if I pitched it, they would field -- and more than that, they wanted the ball. I'm really proud of how they played."
On getting hit in the second and coming back out to pitch ... "It was a little sore, but thankfully it was my right hand -- so I don't need it anyways. There are some scuffs on my batting gloves, good things I wear padded gloves. It's a little swollen but I could move it and it worked."
On pitching in front of her friends and family in California ... "It's great having them out at the games. I can hear their voices when I'm out there. I know they are here to support me and my team, and it's great to have their support. I love it."