June 3, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the loss to Washington ... "Congratulations to the University of Washington. They got it done. We certainly wish them the best in the rest of the tournament. For my kids, we just had a great run. It's been a great season. I told them I love them. I've really enjoyed Team 36. We had a lot of fun together, and their commitment to Michigan has been outstanding. Although the loss always hurts, I've got to tell you what -- I'm proud of this group because they're great Michigan women, and they represent this university with class. They play hard. They play hard for Michigan, and they play hard for each other. They've been a great team, and I'm very proud of them."
On Sara Driesenga's performance throughout the NCAA tournament and WCWS ... "I think Sara's been outstanding for us all year. She's put this team on her shoulders so many times, throughout the preseason, the early season and in the big games. When she didn't have her best moments, she always came back really tough. She's a tough kid, a tough pitcher, and she's only going to get better and better. But she's a large reason why we're here. Our offense, which carried us so often throughout our whole season, it's interesting because we really get here and we compete here with our pitching and our defense."
On this trip to Oklahoma City ... "Well, any time you're in Oklahoma City, it's memorable. To get here is a huge achievement. It is really difficult to get here. I don't think anybody realizes how difficult it is. These days there are more than eight teams that are capable every year, and to still be standing after 300 teams are out is an amazing feat. So they'll remember that they committed to all the values of this program, and they committed to Michigan, and they have sacrificed a lot of their own personal things to be a part of this great team. Those are the lessons that take them to the next level in their life. They're a part of something bigger than themselves, and they just do a fantastic job of it. Our seniors in particular, they really grew up here as young girls to great women. I can tell you, they'll remember their experience at Michigan very well, and that makes me very proud and very happy."
U-M Sophomore Sara Driesenga
On finishing a game at 2:30 a.m. and returning to play 12 hours later ... "I think being here is such a great experience in itself. It's such a blessing to be here with all these girls. We just have to remember no matter when we play our motto is always whatever it took and however long it took, we were going to do it. I mean we didn't get it done today, but last night we did, and we stayed up until however late. Coach always says nothing good happens after midnight, but last night she took that back."
On being battle-tested for another WCWS run next season ... "We were talking earlier, too, and the only thing that -- if you don't get what you want, at least you got the experience, and that's what we got here. I think we believed that we could be here and we could compete, and we proved that too while we were here. And that's going to be huge for the next few years for this program."
U-M Senior Ashley Lane
On seeing the lead slip away ... "When a team gains the lead back on you, obviously it's not a great emotion, but you just come back with fight. We didn't give up. We kept coming at them, and it just didn't happen in our favor."
On Bryana Walker's pitching ... "She's a great pitcher. We definitely were chasing her pitches. Credit goes out to her. Yeah, I mean, I guess that's what was working for her. But we did get some great cuts on her, I'll definitely say, just missing balls. We were on her, but obviously we didn't catch any breaks."
On looking back across her career ... "I wouldn't say that's not the way I want to go out. Obviously, we didn't accomplish our full goal, but I mean, I couldn't ask to be with a better group of girls. Yeah, we fought. We fought this entire year in this tournament. I'm happy. I'm happy with what we did. My emotions? They're all over the place, but just mostly because I just don't want to be done. I just don't want to be done playing this sport with these girls next to me with this coach. It's kind of heartbreaking. But you know what? I will forever stand by this team and cheer them on for the rest of my life."
On finishing a game at 2:30 a.m. and returning to play 12 hours later ... "Obviously, we stayed up really late. That's not an excuse either. We knew that. We went out there and did our thing. We took it for what it was, and we really embraced the moment. Honestly, I didn't even realize that we didn't get that many hours of sleep. We all woke up this morning energized as ever, so it was not a problem."
U-M Freshman Sierra Romero
On seeing Washington take the lead ... "It's not the best feeling, but our team knows how to fight, and we're known to come back. We just didn't get the job done."
On Bryana Walker keeping the offense off balance ... "She did a great job pitching. It didn't fall in our favor. She did a good job mixing up speeds. She's one of the slowest pitchers we saw, so we just had to adjust."
On what happened when the ball deflected off Sara Driesenga ... "The ball was hit off Sara, and where the ball landed, it was just a good landing spot. There was nobody playing there, and I got to the ball as fast as I could. We just had to try to get outs."
On finishing up last night's game at 2:30 a.m. and returning to play 12 hours later ... "When you're in the World Series, I don't think sleep matters. Sleep is overrated. Whatever it takes, you're going to do it. I think we did a great job last night, and I think we fought really hard to today, so I'm happy with it."
On being battle-tested for another WCWS run next season ... "I think our team has gained a lot of confidence, and what Hutch will tell you, swag. I think we're going to carry that into next year, and I'm really excited to see what happens next year with the team."