May 19, 2012
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Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the game ... "That is a huge win. I can tell you that the biggest game in the regional is the second game when you are in the winner's bracket to get into that final. It doesn't guarantee a thing though. There is a lot of softball left to play and Louisville is a fantastic team. We just really had to hang in there. We didn't have a lot of offense going. Their pitcher did a great job, but our pitcher did a great job by containing their offense and it got a little hairy there late. The problem wasn't that we gave up the run; the problem was we didn't take advantage of the opportunity to get a few more runs early. But we hung in there and got out of the inning, and we had to scrap and scrape. It is easy to get down in a situation like that. Our kids kept fighting and clawing and played one-pitch softball. We were able to come away with the win and we are fortunate and we'll take it."
On why this game was so important ... "No one likes to come back through the loser's bracket because it is pretty taxing on your pitching. But it is certainly not impossible. But this is a game that is pretty tight around the edges, and I thought both teams were tight around the edges. It is the perception of that game because nobody wants to get in the loser's bracket. I can tell you this, tomorrow, that will be the biggest game in the regional."
On sending Ashley Lane to third in the eighth inning ... "It was a gutsy call, but I thought it was the right thing to do. It wasn't happening on its own and the goal is run harder around that base. I was sending her hard and if she is running hard, she had a good chance to make it. It certainly was a very close play and the call went our way."
On Caitlin Blanchard's at-bat ... "We told her to take the first strike. I said we didn't need a sacrifice fly with two outs. We just needed her to hit the ball hard. She stood right in there and took that hit-by-pitch and that is something we haven't seen much this year. We get out of the way and so she stood right in there and took it."