Mizzou vs. Bradley Quotes



May 16, 2014

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Mizzou Head Coach Ehren Earleywine

Opening Statement...
“We were fortunate enough to get out of there with the win. We had a lot of fight. We didn’t play extremely smart but we played hard and it was enough for today. It probably won’t be enough for tomorrow, we’ll have to do a better job of managing our at bats and making sure we don’t give the other team freebies. Survive and advance is the final word on that.”

On how well Alora Marble did to close out the game…
“She did a really good job. One of the things I really like about Alora is that she throws strikes. If the other team beats you it’s going to be because they out.”

 On how he felt about Genovese coming up to the plate in the eighth inning…
“I was so glad that Angie walked because had Angie not walked, they would’ve had that base open to walk Corrin and that would’ve made our job a lot harder. In post season with as many runs as we’ve had, one of the common denominators is that there’s always one player that has a really big day. I know today is the first day of regionals but Corrin, she basically carried us today. Hopefully we can continue to get that kind of performance out of players each day.”

On playing Kansas tomorrow…
“I feel like the underdog going into tomorrow. They have their ace pitcher for sure tomorrow and I don’t have mine. It’s going to be an uphill climb. They played great today. They have great hitters in their lineup and it is going to be hard for us to win.”

Mizzou 1F Corrin Genovese

On how she would describe her game today…
“More than anything I’m happy we got out of there with the win. It doesn’t really matter how you do individually if your team loses. Like Coach E said, ‘survive and advance.’ That’s really our main focus right now.” 

On how she was feeling going up at bat in the eighth inning…
“I was smiling. I was confident and I knew if they were going to throw a good pitch to Angie (Randazzo), she was going to crash it too, so I think our team would’ve gotten it done even if I hadn’t not been fortunate enough to do it.” 

On playing Kansas tomorrow…
“It’s just round two of the regionals and that’s how we’re going to approach it. Clearly they were the better team than Nebraska today because they got the win so we need to be ready tomorrow. We just need to refocus.” 

On what helped her dial in today…
“I’m just really excited for postseason. Just tried to stay with that plate and keep my hand inside the ball. Just keep with my approach because even though it’s a bigger stage, that doesn’t mean we should change how we play. We have to keep things simple and I think that worked best today.”

Mizzou P Casey Stangel

On how she felt in the seventh inning after doing so well in the first six…
“I think the walks were really what killed me in the seventh inning. Giving those away to them was bigger than the homerun. If those girls hadn’t been on base it would’ve only been a one-run homerun and it wouldn’t have really matters. An adjustment moving forward is just not letting that happen.”

On what was working best for her in the first six innings…
“I think the important thing was that I was throwing my changeup for a strike. The game changes a lot when I can throw that first strike so that was huge today.

Bradley Head Coach Amy Hayes

Opening Statement...
"I think we gave (Missouri) all they could handle today, they're a great ball club. Getting the seed and being able to host at home is always a nice advantage. We had the benefit of playing them once before but the first time we played them, their shortstop didn't play against us. Today she showed up, I think she was 4-fo-4 against us. Kudos to Mizzou. Coach (Earleywine) has done great things down here and we just hope to get back to see them again on Sunday."

On what led to the offensive breakthrough in the seventh inning...
"The tenacity of these kids. They're incredible. I was here in 2009 with a different group that had the same kind of heart, but that team didn't have the depth that this team has. This group really believes in each other and I think we were a little tight at times but it doesn't take much for a spark for us."

On building off of the seventh inning breakthrough even though the game ultimately ended in a loss...
"I don't know how often something like that happens, where you can put five runs up against Mizzou with two outs. I think that's only a positive for our program to know that we're right there when we decide to be."

Bradley 1B Alyson Clemente

On what happened in the seventh inning...
"We've been down in these positions before and it's basically a mindset of ours that we are getting it done. I think that everyone thought we were getting it done but we weren't done yet."

On how they'll work through the loser's bracket...
"Well, we always want to be in the winner's bracket. It's a lot easier on our pitchers fatigue-wise but we have been playing a lot of games like this. We have a really good strength and conditioning coach and with our mindset, we'll be able to push through it. Once we get our hits going like today it'll just keep fueling us."

Bradley 2B Shannon King

On breaking through in the seventh inning...
"We just came together. They always say hits are contagious and we just trust in one another. Nobody was trying to be the hero, we were just looking for good pitches."

On the frustration of losing after the seventh inning rally...
"It's always going to hurt when we want something so much. But we know that we're going to get them the next time we play them."



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