May 17, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On tonight's win over Valparaiso ... "Well I thought it was a great start for us. I was most pleased with our 'attack' attitude. I thought we were having fun out there, our kids were really ready to play. Most important thing we did tonight was pitch well. Sarah pitched a great game. I thought she was really on her game; she was focused- one pitch focus and I was very pleased and like I told the kids, we played well and every aspect of our game simply did their part. Pitching, our offense and our defense and we just ask our kids to do their part, so it's a good start."
On the lift Lane's home run provided ... "Well, obviously to get on the board early is big and when your pitcher's pitching well, the only way you can win is if you score runs. Most importantly, even though we scored 5 runs I thought we hit the ball well all night. We took some great cuts, lot of well-hit balls that didn't go our way, so I was most pleased with that. I thought we played with a lot of confidence. I liked that group tonight, they were ready to go."
On playing California tomorrow ... "Should be fun. I'm looking forward to it. I'm OK with anybody cause we're in the second game and that's the game you want to be in."
U-M Sophomore Pitcher Sara Driesenga
On if she thought she'd get (the perfect game) ... "I took it one pitch at a time. The defense was doing a great job, and I trusted them to do their job and I was just taking it one pitch at a time; if it happened it happened, if it didn't, it didn't- and it didn't, which was fine. I was feeling pretty good. Pretty loose, pretty relaxed. Just attacking every pitch."
On what seemed to be working ... "Definitely the process, just getting into it, taking it one pitch at a time. Not thinking too far ahead or focusing on if I didn't get my last pitch, just focusing on that next one."
On the early run support helping her ... "Yes, definitely. It lets us breathe a little easier and gives us a little cushion."
On her routine helping her stay calm ... "It helps me a lot. My routine is what gets me in it and it gets my mindset in the right place and helps me focus on that next pitch."
On the venue this evening ... "It was a big change being at home, the atmosphere is one of the best in the country. It's a great advantage for us."
U-M Freshman Sierra Romero
On the atmosphere tonight ... "It was a lot of fun. I love the night games and I love playing on Alumni Field. Just having our crowd out there, it's a great time."
On trying to score a run by getting in a pickle early in the game and whether it was a set play ... "It was a set play and it wasn't. Bonnie (Tholl) just told me 'if they throw it down to second base, don't let them get you out' so as soon as the throw came down to second base I just got in a pickle and took the base that they gave me."