April 14, 2013
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On getting out of East Lansing with two wins ... "State's a pretty good team, and regardless of the events on Friday and the first game today, they did get better as they went along. And you saw the momentum shift. The (second) game was an interesting game. Our kids got stopped for a few innings, we didn't have great pitch selection. We believe as the game goes on that our offense can turn it on, we've got quite an offense. We've got to be strong in the circle -- and we are -- but we need to command our 1-2 pitches better. State got some momentum, and they were coming at us, but to our credit we battled back."
On different heroes stepping up with big hits ... "It's a great quality to be able to come from behind. But the name of the game in softball is to be balanced and Michigan softball is about being balanced. You've got to have pitching, defense and offense. Our offense is our best quality and there's nothing wrong with that. To win championships we need to pitch and play defense and that will be our emphasis."
U-M Senior Infielder Ashley Lane
On her two home runs in game two ... "I was trying to follow the game plan and I struggled with that in the first few innings. But I waited for my pitch and got it and hit it."
On coming up with a persistent win in game two ... "It is exciting that we don't just have a few people who can pull us through, but it's everybody. Anyone at any given time can get the job done. Showing that our entire team can do it gives the younger players the confidence, too."
On the difficulty of winning three straight games ... "We're talking it one game at a time, one pitch at a time. Hutch does a great job of emphasizing when one moment is over, it's on to the next one. We're just staying in our moment and focusing."