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NCAA Softball - Mississippi State vs. Pacific Quotes (Saturday)
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/20/2007
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Game 5 - Second Elimination Game  - Pacific 12, Mississippi State 10

 

Post-Game Quotes

 

Mississippi State Head Coach Jay Miller

 

Opening Statement

“You would think with 10 runs and 15 hits you would win the ball game. But that wasn’t the case obviously and it’s disappointing.”

 

“We made a lot of mistakes defensively and we left a lot of people on base. Like I said before, playing at this level you can’t afford to do things like that.”

 

“I’m really proud of the way the girls played all season. We have always played with a lot of heart and determination and I think that showed today especially. It’s just disappointing that we couldn’t have played a little better and advanced.”

 

Mississippi State First Baseman Sammie Jo Bailey

“Defensively we had a lot of mistakes. This was not our best game and we didn’t really show our best stuff. But we played with a lot of heart. Coming back from seven runs to only lose by two was really impressive.”

 

“It’s sad that the season is over, but I think we all had a great time.”

 

“We could have showed that we were a little bit better team tonight because we know that we can do better. So this is just really disappointing.”

 

Pacific Head Coach Brian Kolze

 

Opening Statement

“Today was certainly an exciting day for our players. I think we scored more runs in these two games than we have in the last month or so. I give a lot of credit to the players for playing confident and making the right adjustments.”

 

On facing the nation’s top seed Arizona tomorrow:

“It’s a great opportunity for us. Everything we did today means nothing tomorrow. We faced Arizona earlier this season (March 16, 11-0 Arizona win) so we know what to expect. We have to play our game. We must come out with the same level of pride and intensity that we had today.”

 

Pacific Pitcher Heidi Helberg

“It is really exciting. This is a big rush for our team. We were able to score a lot of runs, which is something we haven’t done in a while. It was really fun.”

 

“We came out and let everything go. We were completely relaxed all day and believed in each other. We didn’t play with any doubts.”

 

Pacific First Baseman Jennifer Curtier

“After the Howard game today, we got a big confidence boost. We just kept fighting and believed in ourselves.”

 

”Coach (Kolze) had a big talk with us last night that got us thinking, and then we had a team meeting after that. We said, ?'this is about us and the 18 girls on this team.’ We decided to play for each other.”

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