Thursday, June 2, 2016
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Georgia 5, Florida State 4
Lu Harris-Champer, Chelsea Wilkinson, Tina Iosefa
THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon. At this time we have University of Georgia on the podium. Coach, general comments about the game?
LU HARRIS-CHAMPER: I'm super proud of the team for the way they just came out and played Georgia softball. I thought they did a really good on the offensive side, having Chelsea's back after the first inning. I thought Chelsea pitched an outstanding game. When she was mixing her speeds and spinning the ball, she just did an outstanding job, and I was really proud of her for wanting that last out of the game. I thought she did an outstanding job just doing her thing. I thought Tina was a rock at first base. She had some tough plays and really did a good job over there. And I'm just really proud of the offense for scoring runs and definitely have to say for the defense, just an outstanding day.
Q. Coach, what can you say about Florida State's ability to hang in the game despite seven errors, continued defensive miscues? They only lost by one run.
LU HARRIS-CHAMPER: They're a very good team, and it was just a really strong opponent. I think they have a balanced offense and absolutely a very good team, and I thought they did a good job hanging on.
Q. You've waited and worked for a long time to get to a World Series. When you wake up this morning, when you ride the bus, when you get to the field, how do you manage the nervousness, the excitement and all that experience?
TINA IOSEFA: I think I try to just manage my excitement by turning it into a positive instead of really being nervous about the game, just having fun with my team out there.
Q. Chelsea, was there any nervousness on the plate? You gave up two two-run homers and Florida State wouldn't seem to go away.
CHELSEA WILKINSON: Well, Florida State is a very good team so we knew that it was going to be really tough. I can't say enough about my offense and my defense just having my back. We pick each other up. Some days, our pitching just shuts them down and some days down we have to keep hitting and that's exactly what they did.
Q. What balance do you like to find in your lineups between the short game and the power game? Has that changed over the years you've been at Georgia at all?
LU HARRIS-CHAMPER: You know, I think you utilize the weapons that you have, and we have some awesome offensive weapons. I think it's great to have speed. It's great to have power. It's great to have short game. It's great to be able to work behind runners. Again, with what we have, I love what our offense is doing to manufacture runs.
Q. Coach, when you go against a team that has seven errors in a game, how important is it to be able to capitalize off each one like you did with some smart baserunning and some stolen bases late to kind of make it count for your team?
LU HARRIS-CHAMPER: Well, I think errors are a part of the game, and it's all about how you respond to them. We don't really focus too much on what our opponent is doing. It's just a matter of taking advantage of situations that we have in front of us.
Lonni Alameda, Alex Powers, Meghan King
LONNI ALAMEDA: Yeah, not the outcome we wanted, but definitely like we talked about, we're kind of a young program, and it's all about learning. I don't know the last time we've put errors like that up on the board but yet still have a chance in the sixth and seventh, so I think there's a lot of positive things we can pull from it, and now it's just really understanding the pitch-by-pitch process at the highest level. So I think that's the one challenge that's up for us right now.
Q. Coach, young team. Was this just a case of first-game jitters for the Women's College World Series?
LONNI ALAMEDA: I think it was a little bit in the beginning, which I think for anybody that's the case. But you know, I think over the process we got a little too emotional with it, which is part of it, and we've got to learn how to play at this level. It's still a game of catch, and we just let that get to us a little bit. But we had some fight there, and AP got a good swing off for the team, and if we can learn how to put that behind us, we're rallying into the seventh, and who knows what can happen from there.
Q. For Alex and Jessica, what positives does the offense take away? You both had two-run homers. What positives does the offense take away from this game?
ALEX POWERS: I think that we did an overall good job just adjusting to the pitches and stuff. I mean, we didn't have, obviously like Coach said, the outcome that we wanted, but we did make adjustments and we could see each other working, whether it was hitting things opposite field and just working our plans and stuff a little bit better. I think that next time we can do a little more trying to get more people on base and doing more situational hitting, which is what we're good at, but I mean, overall I think that we did a decent job at sticking to our plans and knowing what we were going to get.
JESSICA WARREN: Same thing.
Q. Meghan, can it get frustrating as a pitcher when the errors or whatever was leading to the runs, is that frustrating for you?
MEGHAN KING: No, not at all. My defense had my back the entire year, and they've sold out for every single play, every single pitch. Mistakes happen.
Q. Coach, what goes into kind of cleaning up their performance heading into this next game? You have a day off to work on things.
LONNI ALAMEDA: It's just about preparing for the next competitor. We've been good — I mean, the one game doesn't reflect the journey of the season, of the team, and always learn about ourselves, so we just got caught up in the emotional part of it, and pretty certain we'll bounce back and be better for it.
Game 1: Georgia 5, Florida State 4
- In the first game of the 2016 Women’s College World Series, No. 16 seed Georgia defeated No. 8 seed Florida State, 5-4. The Bulldogs improved to 46-18 this season, while Florida State dropped to 53-9.
- With the victory, Georgia advances to play the winner of game two between No. 4 seed Auburn and No. 12 seed UCLA on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Florida State will take on the loser of Auburn-UCLA in an elimination game on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.
- In its third WCWS appearance (2009, ’10, ’16), Georgia improved to 6-4, while Florida State fell to 6-17 all-time in its ninth WCWS appearance (1987, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’02, ’04, ’14, ’16).
- Georgia freshman Alyssa DiCarlo’s RBI groundout in the top of the seventh inning drove in the go-ahead run for the Bulldogs. DiCarlo finished 1-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and two RBIs.
- In the complete game performance, Georgia senior Chelsea Wilkinson improved to 28-5 this season. Wilkinson allowed four runs, six hits and struck out one against Florida State.
- Florida State sophomore Jessica Warren put the Seminoles on the board with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Warren’s 19 home runs rank as the second-most by an FSU player in a single season in the program’s history. She is also second all-time with 37 career homers.
- After scoring two runs to tie the game in the top of the second, Georgia grabbed the lead with a RBI single from DiCarlo in the third inning.
- The Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-2 as Tina Iosefa recorded her 87th RBI of the season with a single to center in the top of the third. The senior’s 87 RBIs lead the nation and her total ranks 16th all-time in NCAA single-season history.
- Florida State’s Alex Powers tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth inning. The home run was Powers’ 15th of the year, which is tied for fourth place in FSU single-season history. Powers was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and two RBIs.
- Florida State freshman Meghan King took the loss in relief, allowing one run on four hits over five innings. King fell to 25-4 this season. Junior Jessica Burroughs started the game and pitched two innings, allowing four runs (one earned run) on two hits.
- Florida State’s four runs tied its most scored in a WCWS game in program history.
- The Seminoles committed a season-high seven errors in Thursday’s game, which is tied for the most in a WCWS game in tournament history. It is the fourth time in WCWS history that a team has committed seven errors in a single with the most recent occurrence coming in 1995 (7, Iowa vs. Michigan).
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