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Softball Falls, 1-0, in American Conference Finals to UCF

Softball Advances to American Conference Finals with 5-2 Win over Houston


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May 16, 2014

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Head Coach John Bargfeldt

Opening statement
"As the game is going along, you are wondering if it's going to be one of those games where you keep on hitting the ball right at people. They were either in the right position or made great plays. I thought we hit the ball pretty well the whole game. That was my biggest fear. I thought we played a great game. Aimee (Creger) had one inning where there was a hiccup there. I was just hoping that it wasn't going to be a game where we hit the ball at people the whole time because that is the way this game is. That's why you play the game because it isn't always the best team that wins the game because sometimes it's luck. I've played in tough regionals where it has just been luck. I'm just really proud of the team and how they stepped up in that last inning. We were down to two outs, and we've been there before in that situation. Throughout this year, I feel like this team has had that attitude that they aren't giving up. They concentrate and get great at-bats. Obviously that was the key here."

On the two big hits in the 7th inning
"I thought the only place that someone could get a home run today was with a left-handed hitter up. That ball was just crushed to left field. I knew Haley would probably have a good matchup. It was just important that she got the pitch that she wanted to swing at. We talked to the hitters about getting ahead in the count. She did a great job putting a good swing on it. With Cat (Catherine Horner), after she got down 1-2, she took two balls. The reason I called the timeout was because I didn't want her to be in take-mode. I told her that if the pitch was in to wipe it out."

On winning the first game
"It's tough to come through a loser's bracket in such a short time. When you get that first win momentum can build like it did last week. It can keep you going. The first game of any tournament has that little bit of nervous energy. I thought they did a pretty good job of getting the bat on the ball, but they just hit it right at people. Just keeping that momentum is important."



On Aimee Creger's pitching performance
"She was outstanding. She gives up one solid hit and the wind helped her on one. She had 13 strikeouts against a team that typically is pretty disciplined. We got caught in a situation where they had first and second, and their leadoff hitter was getting the best swings on Aimee all day. She attacked that first pitch and did a great job there. She was phenomenal. Once they got that run, we just kept saying, keep us there. Keep us there. That was so important to not let it get out more than 1-0.

Haley Henshaw, Senior OF

On her home run
"Before my at-bat, coach came up to us lefties and told us to look for an inside pitch. I just waited for it."

On the importance of getting the first win
"Winning that first game was important because our next opponent may be the top seed, and we avoided the loser's bracket. To keep winning is the best thing."

Catherine Horner, Sophomore C

On her game-winning hit
"I just knew that all we needed was a base hit. And like coach said, I relaxed and wasn't afraid to swing. I put a good swing on it, and that was the key. It really helped me relax."

On the importance of starting off with a win
"I think it was really important to start off with this win because it gets the team a good vibe and puts us all in good spirits. It will help keep our energy up the rest of the regional."