May 25, 2003
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CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH Diane Ninemire
"I think that today was one of the greatest days in Cal softball. To knock off the No. 1 team in the country two games in a row is just outstanding. Kelly Anderson just threw with all of her heart today. I can't tell you how proud I am of this team right now. They went out there and gave it everything they had today. We came up with some timely hits with people in scoring position and that got everything going for us."
On Cal's hitting performance:
"I think our hitters became more patient and they started looking for pitches that they could hit. They stayed within themselves. Our hitting has really come on strong in the last two weeks. We've capitalized with runners in scoring position with timely hits that we weren't getting at times earlier in the year."
On returning to the championship game:
"It feels wonderful. I can tell you that I really feel proud of my players. They play with a lot of heart and I know they'll be ready tomorrow to give it their all."
CALIFORNIA SOPHOMORE Kelly Anderson
On playing through fatigue today:
"It was pretty tiring but you have to look at this situation as the last tournament and you have to give it your all. No matter if you're sore or tired you have to give 110 percent. You just can't really think about being tired."
On what her pitching strategy was against Arizona:
"Keep it low and away and not in their power zones. I just tried to mix it up and make sure I kept the ball low."
CALIFORNIA SENIOR Veronica Nelson
On if she was frustrated by being walked so much:
On if she was surprised Arizona pitched to her in the fifth inning:
"Yeah, I was kind of surprised. But I think they didn't want to walk me and put the possible winning run on second base. I just prepared myself and when I saw their catcher get down in the catching position I tried to tell myself to focus, stay on the ball and try to drive it somewhere."
"It was pretty frustrating, but when you get that many walks you just have to rely on your teammates to come through and my team came through for me today."
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA
"It was a tough day. Hats off to Cal. They came out and competed and got the job done when they needed to. They are playing well right now. I would not take them lightly. They are a good team, playing well when you have to play well."
"We got here and just couldn't generate any offense. We have had a really tough time getting any offense going all year."
"Cal's Courtney Scott really deserves a lot of credit. She does a really nice job calling the shots behind the plate. She stuck with what was working and we just couldn't make adjustments."
"In the first game we had an opportunity in the seventh and the last thing we needed today was to play extra innings but that's no excuse. As a coach I can look these kids in the eyes and tell them how proud I am of them because they have come a long way since September. I wasn't sure if we had what it took to get to Oklahoma City but these kids improved on a day-to-day basis. They really gave the Arizona fans and myself a remarkable year.
Decision to pitch to Veronica Nelson:
"It was a really tough decision. We tried to pitch around her but it didn't quite work out that way."
ARIZONA FRESHMAN ALICIA HOLLOWELL
On pitching extra innings in the first game:
"It had an effect but not enough for it to be an excuse."
ARIZONA SENIOR LOVIEANNE JUNG
On losing first game:
"It had a little bit of an effect because it went extra innings. I thought we came out and did what we needed to do to win."