Quotes and Notes Game 9:
Florida State 1, Michigan 0

2016 Women's College World Series

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2016 WCWS Quotes Game 9 Florida State Vs Michigan

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Florida State 1, Michigan 0

Florida State

Lonni Alameda, Jessica Burroughs, Morgan Klaevemann

THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon. At this time we have Florida State on the dais. Coach, we'll do general comments about the game.

LONNI ALAMEDA: Yeah, first of all, just want to congratulate Michigan on an amazing season. We've had some amazing games against Michigan, and they're just such a classy program, and there's been a lot of seniors that ended their college career today on that team, so just an amazing job to them.

As for our program right now, the fight is just so, so awesome to see, the comfort level after our first game coming out and booting the ball around a little bit. The comfort level of going pitch to pitch and trusting the process of what we talked about all season. Jessica had a great day today, and a lot of that comes from having a great catcher to stop a lot of those dropped balls and changeups for her to be able to throw that, so the confidence of them and trusting it to pitch it was amazing to see in big situations there.

Really proud of them and really excited about our next opportunity this afternoon.

Q. Jessica, usually the bats come alive at some point and give you a little bit of room to work with. Is there more pressure on you as the pitcher when nothing is working offensively, it's just a 1-0 game?

JESSICA BURROUGHS: There's a little bit of
pressure, but the whole big picture is it's my job out there to keep spinning it and get the defense in there to work on the offense. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes the offense is on fire, sometimes it's not. But that's what I signed up for, and I want to be in that situation, and I think I was the most relaxed today than I have been in a while. The defense was playing amazing today, and then Syd(ney) Broderick back there was huge, just blocking that changeup and big catches out there, Cali Harrod's big catch, and the defense was on today, and sometimes it's either-or in a one-run ballgame and that's what the World Series is all about.

Q. Morgan, take us through that wild pitch in the third when you were able to cross home. What did you see and what was the reaction like after?

MORGAN KLAEVEMANN: It was kind of a runner's dream to be able to score on something like that. But just the people in front of me and the people behind me having those at-bats to be able to move me around to three, and then it's just the little things you have to pay the most attention to, so being able to pass on a little bobble or overthrow, just you're always looking for those things and you wish for them to happen and beg for them to happen, so when it does you want to take advantage of it all the way and execute when those things do happen.

So I'm just happy to be able to bring my speed to the team and be able to do that for my team, and it's just a great feeling overall.

Q. Morgan, both Alex (Kossoff) and Jessica get a lot of credit for being the flashy home run hitters, but talk about the importance of getting on base, using your speed and being able to manufacture a run?

MORGAN KLAEVEMANN: I'm so proud of my position. I'm obviously not a home run hitter and I don't plan to be. But having them like just get on base and having them hit those home runs, it's overall a team thing. It's a team job. So just being able to get on base and maybe steal a bag or two to get into scoring position and having the big hitters behind me to hit me around in those situations. It makes my job so much easier. I'll let them do the long ball and I'll just stick to my small bunts and stealing bags because I'm so proud of it, and I'm able to bring that to team.

Q. Coach, talk about Auburn who you've played twice. Do you know what you'll do pitching-wise?

LONNI ALAMEDA: Nope. I think we have got a good one-two punch, and actually Jess was pretty good with pitch counts with where she was. We are familiar with Auburn. We outplayed Auburn before. They are a great offensive team, and we're probably going to see a lot of looks in the circle as they bring a lot of pitchers to us. We're going to have to go game plan over lunch and changing uniforms and do something — get ready for them, but I know it's going to be a dogfight. It's going to be a battle, and they're on a run right now.

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Michigan

Carol Hutchins, Megan Betsa, Kelsey Susalla, Sierra Romero

THE MODERATOR: At the time we have University of Michigan on the dais. Coach, general comments about the game.

CAROL HUTCHINS: Well, congrats. You have to congratulate what a great effort Florida State and Jessica Burroughs was just outstanding. Outstanding effort.

You know, they got it done, and they shut down a very good Michigan team, a very good hitting team. As I've said all week, Megan Betsa gave us a chance to win. She gave us every chance to win and did her part, and we just didn't find a way to get it done. I've got a lot of heartbroken kids, a fantastic senior class that has to say goodbye, and I told them just to reflect on their careers, what they've meant to Michigan and what Michigan has meant to them. We'll hold our head high at the end of the day because they represent this institution and the sport of softball. They represent their families every day the way our institution asks them to do it. They're great Michigan women.

As a coach, ultimately that's what I'm most proud of. I'll always be proud of team 39. They've had a great season and we had a great run, and unfortunately we just ran out at the end.

Q. Coach, a one-hitter from your pitcher, what more can you ask in a game like this?

CAROL HUTCHINS: You can't ask any more. She couldn't have done anything else. She pitched her guts out. She pitched her heart out, and she did everything she could for her teammates.

Q. Sierra and Kelsey, what was Burroughs doing that was just so effective from beginning to end today?

SIERRA ROMERO: She was just being the good pitcher that she is. She's spinning the ball, and she was hitting her spots, so she did a good job.

KELSEY SUSALLA: Yeah, just mixing it around in the strike zone, and we chased a couple pitches, but I think overall we were just trying to get our cuts in and just put the ball in play, but it didn't really work out for us.

Q. Kelsey and Sierra, I know it's hard this season after your last game, but Coach talked about reflecting on what you've done here. Can you both reflect on what you did here at Michigan and also particularly this year?

KELSEY SUSALLA: I mean, my time here has been awesome. This last year with 20 other girls was just amazing. We didn't get the outcome that we wanted, but I wouldn't have traded these last three days for anything. Any extra day that I can be with my teammates is an awesome experience for me.

I thank Hutch for giving me this opportunity, and it's been awesome.

SIERRA ROMERO: I mean, ever since I stepped foot on campus, Michigan has done nothing but great things for me, and I've just tried my best to represent Michigan the best way I know how. Playing for Hutch and team 39 this year has been amazing. There's no other place I'd rather be, no other uniform I'd rather wear, and I love Michigan.

Q. Megan, can you described what happened on the Florida State scoring play?

MEGAN BETSA: It was supposed to be a changeup in the dirt, and it was just a little too much in the dirt, and it got past Aidan (Falk), and the run scored, but I gave up too many free bases in that inning, and it hurt me.

Q. Megan, can you actually walk us through today in terms of coming back from last night, and it seemed like you really settled down obviously after those early innings, kind of got into a groove. Just the entire day how did you find of manage through all this?

MEGAN BETSA: I just had to fight and I was focused on giving everything I had and working through whatever I needed to work through. I knew if this was going to be it, that I was going to go out and give everything that I had for my teammates and this senior class.

Q. How difficult was the — it was like a 12-hour turnaround from last night to today's game.

SIERRA ROMERO: We're college students. We stay up that late sometimes. We're fine. You know, it's softball. We've conditioned all year for this, and it just didn't fall our way.

MEGAN BETSA: We got back as soon as we could and went to sleep and iced and had a good breakfast and we were ready to come and play, but we just didn't do what we needed to do.

KELSEY SUSALLA: I agree with what they said. It doesn't matter what the turnaround was, but we just didn't get the outcome that we wanted today.

Q. Hutch, can you talk about your strategy in that last inning? Did you want Monty (Lindsay Montemarano) to bunt there?

CAROL HUTCHINS: I wanted her to bunt it to the right side, and we didn't get it done. I'm sure Burroughs spun that pitch and we needed to get the tying run to second base and give us a chance to win. They played deep. They'd been bunted on the whole tournament, and we didn't get it done.

Q. Coach, your senior class won over 200 games in Ann Arbor. Can you talk about the impact they had off the field during their time in Ann Arbor?

CAROL HUTCHINS: You know, we set really high expectations for our student-athletes, and if you're going to wear the Block M, you're going to wear it right. You're going to learn the minute you walk in the door that this isn't about you, this is about Michigan, and your job, your duty, and the reason we bring you to Michigan and give you the opportunity of your lifetime is to help make Michigan great. And our kids embraced that and they epitomize it. This senior class has done nothing but both of those things. They have done nothing but represent Michigan. I'm very, very proud of that.

Q. Hutch, now the last three days, is there anything that you kind of take away from I guess what went right or what went wrong these three games in three days?

CAROL HUTCHINS: You know, I say it all the time: I've been coaching longer than most people have been alive, and it's really hard to get to the World Series. It's really hard to win at the World Series. And honestly, I'm just proud of our kids for the season they've had. It doesn't always go your way. That's how life goes. It's not whether it goes right or wrong, it's just whether you persevere through it. If this is the biggest adversity they ever have, you know they've had a heck of a great life.

Q. Hutch, you talked last week about how this team carried expectations all season from last year's World Series performance. In the end how do you think this team handled that this whole season, and even in this postseason?

CAROL HUTCHINS: This has been a — this is a tough group. We made them tough by what we do every day, and regardless of the final outcome here, they toughed through all those things, and it's not when you're winning 12-0 when you have to be tough, it's when — and we got through that Regional, we got through that Super Regional, and we got here, and we won a tough game the first night. You know, we were close to winning it last night without our best performance. This is a really tough group.

POSTGAME NOTES

Game 9: Florida State 1, Michigan 0

  •  No. 8 seed Florida State won Game 9 of the 2016 Women’s College World Series, 1-0, over No. 2 seed Michigan Sunday to begin Session 5. The Seminoles improve to 55-9 this season, while Michigan finishes the
  • With the win, the Seminoles advance to face No. 4 seed Auburn Sunday at 6 p.m. CT. The loss for the Wolverines eliminates Michigan from the 2016 WCWS.
  • Florida State is 8-17 all-time in its nine WCWS appearances (1987, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’02, ’04, ’14, ’16). Michigan has a 14-24 record in 12 appearances (1995, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’09, ’13, ’15, ’16) at the WCWS. Sunday’s matchup was the first meeting between the Seminoles and Wolverines at the WCWS.
  • The Seminoles crossed the lone run of the game in the bottom of the third inning as Florida State sophomore center fielder Morgan Klaevemann scored on a wild pitch.
  • Senior Alex Kossoff recorded Florida State’s only hit of the game with a leadoff single in the top of the third
  • Florida State junior Jessica Burroughs improved to 29-5 by tossing a shutout against the Wolverines. Burroughs, who has 14 complete games this season, allowed no runs on three hits while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work. The junior has won both games in the WCWS in the circle for the Seminoles, allowing just seven hits and one earned run in 15.1 innings. Burroughs has a 0.46 ERA for Florida State in three WCWS
  • The shutout was Florida State’s third all-time at the WCWS. The Seminoles last shutout in WCWS play came against Washington in 2004.
  • Michigan junior Megan Betsa fell to 28-6 with the loss. Betsa threw 6.0 innings and gave up one run (unearned) and one hit while recording four strikeouts and four walks.
  • Sophomore Aidan Falk recorded two of Michigan’s three hits against Florida State. Junior Abby Ramirez added a single in the top of the seventh inning.
  • Saturday’s loss marked just the second time this season that Michigan was shut out by an opponent. Florida defeated the Wolverines, 2-0, on Feb. 13.

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