May 22, 2004
Nebraska Coach Rhonda Revelle
On the game:
"I thought Peaches came out and was a force. I thought she pitched well enough for us to win. I think the real difference in the game was that Cal took a more aggressive approach at the plate, and they were not going to be denied. Peaches was throwing hard and was making the ball move and they were fighting. So I give them credit for that. Our biggest issue right now is coming back and responding. Responding is huge. Now we saw what they just did. Can we look that way too? Hopefully, you keep learning, and I think we learned something today."
On not looking as aggressive as Cal
"I don't know if we were being careful. I don't know if we were a little nervous or not. California showed their experience in those kind of games. They showed their savvy that they've been in the national championship game the last two years. That experience does help, but I still content that we can get on the field and play with them, but we've got to get through tonight."
Nebraska Pitcher Peaches James
On settling in after the first few innings
"I just think in the beginning of the game I wasn't doing anything different. They were taking good pitches. Towards the end of the game I was going to go right at them,and if they were going to take pitches I w,as going to throw more strikes and they can watch them."
Nebraska Second Baseman Ann Steffans
On California Pitcher Kristina Thorson
"She's a very good pitcher and she did a good job on her rise ball and put good spin on the ball. We didn't attack what she gave us early."
California Coach Diane Ninemire
On the game:
"I thought today was an outstanding game between two outstanding programs, with both teams wanting it so badly. There were two great pitchers on the mound, and it was a real pitching struggle out there. Today we were just real fortunate we had great performances from Vicky Galindo leading off with a double and coming up with a surprise squeeze."
On the atmosphere
"I think there is just a lot of adrenaline when you are playing in a game like this. There is a fine line between winning and losing, and my team today just came through in every situation."
On Cal's offensive game plan against Nebraska pitcher Peaches James
"To be patient because we didn't want to swing at pitches that weren't strikes. We wanted to make sure we were looking at good pitches that we could drive."
California Third Baseman Vicky Galindo
On her double to lead off the game:
"I was just focused. I knew I had to start us off with a hit because it was a big game. Basically when I do, we get it going. I felt like it was pretty important."