April 27, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the importance of Jaclyn Crummey's walk leading off the seventh ... "That was huge. Bases are huge when you're playing from behind. You have to give Nebraska credit, their defense has been outstanding, their pitching had been locked in until the seventh. They haven't missed too many spots, they are placing the ball well and setting us up. So you have to give them credit. We are trying to get hits which is a bad process. At the end of the game the kids got locked in and we drew some key walks. We forgot about everything and just started playing."
On if the team was pressing ... "I think the kids were trying too hard and they weren't playing good one-pitch softball. Haylie (Wagner) was much better today with her one-pitch approach. We were tentative; in the outfield we were tentative with balls dropping in. That killed us. You don't win playing tentatively, and we'll shake some things up."
On Lauren Sweet providing some punch in the Big Ten season ... "It's a really good story because she had a real adverse start to the season. Her confidence was shook, and I told her to keep working through it. It's a story that some of our other kids need to follow right now. It doesn't matter what happened in February and March. Lauren knows how to work through and she knows how to work the game a little better. She is feeling confident, and working through that adversity has made her a better player."
On what the team can take away from the comeback win ... "I think the most important quality for a team, other than having heart, is having confidence. Especially this time of year, it's no time to let your confidence waver. Sometimes it's tough because the game is tough and it's humbling."
U-M Sophomore Catcher Lauren Sweet
On her seventh-inning at-bat ... "I was feeling comfortable the whole game, and I wasn't thinking about the runners on base. I was keeping my mental approach and keeping my confidence up."
On hitting at Bowlin Stadium against the Cornhuskers ... "Getting a hit gives you confidence right away, but you need to have it even when you're down. We focused in during the seventh inning and watched the bad pitches go by. We went to a one-pitch mentality. Getting my confidence back has been huge for me in the Big Ten season."
On working with Haylie Wagner to get through the second inning ... "I went and talked to her and told here we were in a good situation and we needed to fight. I tried to calm her down and told her it was just her and I out there. She calmed down and had a better attack the last few innings."
On what a comeback win can do for the team's psyche ... "It fires us up and we're excited about coming from behind. But tomorrow is a new day, and every day we need to focus. A win today doesn't mean anything tomorrow."
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