LSU Post Game 5 Press Conference
2017 Women's College World Series
Friday, June 2 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Florida – 7, LSU – 0
Baylor interview with Glenn Moore, Kelsee Selman, Jessie Scroggins, Maddison Kettler, and Lindsey Cargill.
BETH TORINA: Florida played a really good game. They're tough. You know, they're ranked for a reason. Obviously they showed it today. I like our team's fight. I thought the first few innings we did a really good job. I thought throughout the game we did a really good job against (Kelly) Barnhill, just couldn't seem to string it together. I thought our plan was effective. I was proud of our plan. I thought our kids worked really hard to be prepared and I thought they were prepared.
You know, I think no matter which way they would have gone with their pitching staff, it would have been tough. I think they have a great staff. They have a very deep staff. But honestly, I think we were excited about the opportunity to face Kelly Barnhill tonight. We watch her on TV all the time. You're excited for the opportunity. That's why we came, right, to play the best. I think our team fought hard, and just didn't seem to happen or all come together for us.
Q. Sahvanna, like Coach said, you guys did a good job of really making contact on (Kelly) Barnhill; what did you think as your first time facing her this year?
SAHVANNA JAQUISH: She's a great pitcher, and she's MVP of the league for a reason. She really does have a good rise ball, good upspin. But nothing took me by surprise. I was prepared, and our coaches prepared me for it and prepared my team for it, so not really surprising.
Q. Coach, what would you say was the biggest difference between (Kelly) Barnhill last year and Barnhill tonight?
BETH TORINA: I don't even know if I remember five minutes ago. I have a lot of kids and stuff. (Laughter.) I think one has got a birthday next week, too, and I don't even know if I'm prepared.
I think she's just very confident. I think Jen Rocha is the best pitching coach in the country and did a great job with her in the offseason getting her prepared. I think she uses more weapons than she used last year. I think last year she was kind of dominated by one pitch, and tonight she had a ton of drop balls. She has a lot more weapons it seems than she had last year and a lot more confidence. She's put together one of the best seasons we've seen in college softball in, I don't know, 10, 15 years. It's amazing what she's been able to do. That's why I'm so proud of how my team fought against her tonight.
Game 5: Florida 7, LSU 0
- No. 1 seed Florida improved to 2-0 at the 2017 WCWS College World Series with a 7-0 victory on Friday over LSU. Friday’s meeting was the second contest between Florida and LSU at the WCWS. The team also met in 2015 with the Gators winning 4-0.
- With the victory, Florida advances to play on Sunday at noon CT. LSU will take on the winner of Saturday’s Oregon-Baylor contest in an elimination game at 8:30 p.m. CT Saturday
- Florida improved to 24-12 all-time at the WCWS, while LSU dropped to 11-11.
- The Gators recorded their 40th shutout of the season, setting a program record. The previous school record was set in 2009. Florida leads the country in shutouts this season and its total is the most by a Division I team since 2007 (41, Arizona).
- Florida is the first team to record back-to-back shutouts to open the WCWS since 2014, when the Gators defeated Baylor, 11-0 (5 innings), and Oregon, 4-0.
- Florida right fielder Amanda Herndon gave the Gators a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning with a two-out double, plating Aleshia Ocasio and Alex Voss. The hit was her first of the postseason.
- Florida’s Janell Wheaton sent a solo shot over the left-center field fence, picking up her first career home run in the NCAA Tournament. Wheaton added her second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh.
- Florida’s Amanda Lorenz recorded three hits and picked up an RBI with a one-out single in the sixth inning to extend the Gators’ lead to 4-0. It was Lorenz’s second three-hit game of the season (also had three hits versus Missouri on March 11).
- One batter later, Kayli Kvistad belted her eighth home run of the season to put the Gators up 6-0.
- Kelly Barnhill recorded her 26th victory of the year by tossing her 13th shutout. The sophomore scattered two hits and struck out seven in the complete-game effort.
- LSU’s Bailey Landry tied the school single-season record with 91 hits with a single in the sixth inning. Landry also holds LSU’s record for career hits with 292.
- Carly Hoover suffered the loss for the Tigers, dropping to 15-8. Hoover pitched 4.0 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Allie Walljasper tossed 2.1 innings, surrendering four earned runs and four hits out of the bullpen.
- LSU’s Savanna Jaquish added a single in the bottom of the first inning for LSU’s other hit in the game.
- The Tigers’ two hits were tied for their fewest in a WCWS game in program history.
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