May 16, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
Opening statement ... "Hats off to San Diego State, that was a great battle. They fought us very tough, but I think we prevailed because we fought hard. We had to keep our heads on straight. Late in the game there were a couple opportunities, as they scored late and we left one on third. Those are times when people could hang their heads and we didn't, we just kept on fighting. I am very proud of my team"
On the adjustments San Diego State's pitcher (Danielle O'Toole) made during the game ... "She kept throwing that off-speed pitch and she threw it very well. I think you have to give her a lot of credit. There is a game within the game and you have to play that game too."
On Sierra Lawrence's first-inning home run ... "It gave us a great shot in the arm. It was big. She was due for a big hit and she got all of that ball."
On the production of the bottom of the lineup ... "The bottom of the order is really key in our game. You don't want to be 1-4 or 1-6. Championships are won when the bottom of the order comes through. There in there for a reason and I thought they were particularly good today."
U-M Junior Pitcher Haylie Wagner
On how difficult it was to be taken out in just the second inning ... "It wasn't that difficult because I knew Megan (Betsa) was going to come in and do her part and I knew she was going to pick me up and be there for the team."
On being put back into the game ... "It was great. I knew that my time was going to come again. I just went in there and attacked them. That is what we talked about all weekend."
On the adjustments she made when she came back into the game ... "I just had to go out there and attack. It was completely different. It was a 0-0 ballgame and that is how I went after it."
U-M Junior Outfielder Sierra Lawrence
On her first-inning homer ... "The team actually gave me energy in my first at-bat. I just heard them behind me cheering for me and gave me energy. It helped me believe in myself even more and pick them up even more."
On the opposing pitcher ... "She was just staying in her process. For me it was more about just staying in my process and hitting whatever was thrown for strikes."