June 2, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --Arizona participated in a one-hour television shoot with ESPN and took a two-hour team practice at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex on the eve of its WCWS opener against Tennessee.
The Cats began the day with a team breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at team headquarters in northwest Oklahoma City before Head Coach Mike Candrea and senior shortstop K'Lee Arredondo headed off to a pre-WCWS press conference at the complex.
At 1:30 p.m., the team met with ESPN and did a photo shoot, then held a two-hour practice at 2:30 p.m.
Arizona will return to the team hotel around 5 p.m. local time.
Notes: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium has undergone a few changes since last year's WCWS. There outfield fence was raised to six feet, a warning track was added, and the field dimensions have been pushed from 190 feet down the lines and 210 feet in centerfield to 200 feet down the lines and 220 feet in centerfield - the same dimensions as Arizona's Hillenbrand Stadium.
Mike Candrea on Tennessee then, and Tennessee now
K'Lee Arredondo on calming the underclassmens' nerves
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
ARIZONA HEAD COACH Mike Candrea
"First of all I would like to congratulate the other teams, players and coaches. This is the place you want to be at this time of the year. Most of the time, it confirms that you have had a pretty good year to this point. I'm very impressed with the parity around the country and there are some very tough challenges here. We're looking forward to, hopefully, a great week of competition instead of a couple of days."
On playing Tennessee again in the WCWS:
"They're probably a little better-tested than they were back then. I think, obviously, Monica (Abbott) was a tremendous pitcher and I think a lot of the eggs were put in the basket that she was going to carry the team. What I see right now is a very good team that is very well-balanced and has some good ingredients. It's going to be a very competitive game."
On the shift of power hitting in collegiate softball:
"The game has progressed so much over the years. I remember 25 years ago when the composite bat wasn't around and I really believe that the composite bat has changed our game. You don't have to look any further than baseball and what they've decided to do. What I see down the road is maybe a shift from the composite bat back to the aluminum bat. I think the power numbers would go down quite readily."
ARIZONA SENIOR INFIELDER K'Lee Arredondo
On being an underdog at the WCWS:
"The sophomores and the juniors don't know what it's like to win a game at the World Series. They haven't won one yet. Sarah (Akamine) and I know what it's like to win, we want to win. The sophomores and juniors want to win, the freshmen want to win. Everyone wants to come here and do our best to win every game we play. I know everyone has a different mindset because everyone is sick of losing. We want to come out here and show everyone that even though no one believes we can do it, we can do it as a team. We just want to prove everyone wrong."