Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Post-Game Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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"I think that you have to give credit where credit is due and I think that Courtney Blades threw one hell of a ball game. We are a good hitting team but tonight I think that she had our number. We made some uncharacteristic mistakes in the first inning. We aren't going to sit around and cry about it, we are going to try and regroup. I told the girls that we need to put this behind us. I am not going to sit around and overanalyze this game."

"They had a great game. Courtney (Blades) pitched a great game and she kept us off balance. They also got some great hits when they needed them. Their hitter got a nice line drive and they just clutched up, but we are far from over. Usually a good hit will come off of a mistake made by the pitcher, but Courtney didn't make many mistakes tonight."

On her team's inability to score:

"Of course it is a little frustrating, but there have been games this season where we have done this. I know that it is just a matter of time before we come back. In the Cal game this season we didn't score until the sixth inning. I always have faith that my team is going to come back and do it, because this team is good."

"That was an awesome game, a top-notch Division I softball game. I can't say enough about the gutsy performance of Courtney Blades. She was amazing with her pitches and Erin Johnson stepping up and getting a double. Oklahoma is an awesome team and we've seen them before. It should be a great game."

On Blades' records:
She just keeps getting better and better. I am seeing a lot of confidence and poise. I'm just very, very proud of her. It is a total testament to Courtney's hard work and dedication and her desire to get it done. She is an awesome pitcher and she deserves what she is getting."

On her performance:

I think I threw real well with my change-up and kept them off balance. We played them earlier in the year and I didn't have it at that point. I think it was a key pitch tonight and I think our defense did a great job behind me."

On whether she realized she was throwing a perfect game:
"It is hard not to realize when there is a huge score board out there telling you that you haven't given up any hits. It was going through my mind the whole time. It is not really a big deal, though. You just go out there and make your pitches break and hope they don't get a hold of one."

On setting records:
The perfect game didn't set in until Channika (Gant) threw the girl out at first. The win record wasn't even in my mind until someone told me after the game I broke another record. It is not really a big deal. I am just focusing on what I want to do."