Washington Post Game 6 Press Conference
2017 Women's College World Series
Friday June 2, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma – 3, Washington – 1
Washington interview with Heather Tarr, Taran Alvelo, Morganne Flores, and Ali Aguilar.
HEATHER TARR: Tough ballgame for us. Wasn't our best defensive outing, and we're a solid defensive ballclub.
Offensively we didn't really get anything going as we normally have, but you know, give a little credit to Paige Parker. She threw some good pitches at times. That play at home, Morganne (Flores) went after that bunt with two outs. First — I'll have to look back at the film. I don't even know if it was fair or foul, but I thought it was a good instinct given the case. She saw the runner coming right at her, to try to pick it up and just take the easy out there, but the runner found a way to avoid the tag, and unfortunately they scored first.
But you know, that wasn't the game. I thought Taran (Alvelo) threw well enough to win, just collectively as an offense we can be better. We can be tougher, and we'll be tougher.
Q. Morganne, could you talk us through your version, what you saw with the bunt in the second inning?
MORGANNE FLORES: Yeah, I just picked up the bunt, saw her coming at me, and you know, like Coach Tarr said, just my instincts, I wanted to tag her. She just fooled me going around me. That's pretty much it.
Q. Were you surprised how far inside she came?
MORGANNE FLORES: Yeah, I wasn't expecting it. I thought she was a little far outside of the baseline, but that's not my call, that's the umpire's call, and I can't control that.
Q. What did the umpire tell you about that play at the plate? Was it just that she was still inside the baseline?
HEATHER TARR: Yeah, the reason that she wasn't out of the baseline is she said she was within three feet of the baseline.
Q. Heather, you said it wasn't one of the best defensive outings. What do you think contributed to that? Was it nerves or something else?
HEATHER TARR: Just like when the team put the ball in play, it puts pressure on your defense. Ground balls are outs, and we're supposed to make those outs, and we didn't.
Game 6: Oklahoma 3, Washington 1
- No. 10-seed Oklahoma improved to 2-0 at the 2017 WCWS with a 3-1 victory on Friday night against No. 6 Washington. Friday’s meeting was the fourth between the Sooners and the Huskies at the WCWS, with Oklahoma leading the series, 3-1.
- With the win, the Sooners advance to play on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT. Washington will take on the winner of the UCLA-Texas A&M contest in an elimination game at 6 p.m. CT Saturday.
- Oklahoma, who has started 2-0 at the WCWS for the fifth time in program history, improved to 24-15 all-time at the event, while Washington dropped to 23-20. The Sooners are now tied with Florida for fourth with 24 WCWS victories.
- The Sooners struck first as a sacrifice bunt from Lea Wodach plated Fale Aviu to give Oklahoma a 1-0 advantage in the second inning. Later in the game, Aviu laced a single to right-center field to score Kelsey Arnold and give the Sooners a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth. The junior finished 1-for-3 with a RBI and run scored.
- Oklahoma added a key insurance as Sydney Romero sent a leadoff solo shot over the left field fence to extend the Sooners’ advantage to 3-0 in the sixth inning. The sophomore has hit three home runs in eight career WCWS games.
- Ali Aguilar put Washington on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run to right field to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Sooners. The homer was Aguilar’s 13th of the season, tying for the team lead.
- The attendance for the evening was 9,658, marking a Session 3 record and the second-largest session attendance in WCWS history. The largest of 9,698 was set on June 1, 2013 in Session 4.
- OU’s Caleigh Clifton was hit by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning, extending her single-season school record to 26 HBPs.
- Paige Parker (25-5) took the win in the circle for the Sooners, striking out six in 6.1 innings while allowing only one walk and one run. The win marks Parker’s 15th consecutive postseason victory. Over the last two years at the WCWS, Parker is 7-0 in seven starts with a 1.75 ERA, striking out 33 in 48.1 innings pitched.
- Junior pitcher Paige Lowary earned her ninth save of the season, coming in for relief with one out in the bottom of the seventh. The save ties the most any player has had in a career at Oklahoma.
- Washington pitcher Taran Alvelo (32-8) tossed 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out one. Madi Schreyer came on in relief of Alvelo in the seventh inning, retiring the side in order.
- Washington’s Kelly Burdick and Morgan Flores also provided base hits for the Huskies.
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