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Game One:
May 21, 2010
California 10, Bucknell 0

Heather Rakosik, Bucknell head coach
On the game and California pitcher Jolene Henderson
“Obviously Cal outworked us. (Jolene) Henderson threw a perfect game. She pitched well but we didn’t help ourselves either. She mixed in her off speed pitches well and we didn’t adjust.”

Diane Ninemire, California head coach
Thoughts on Jolene Henderson’s perfect game
“We came out and attacked early and played up to game speed. Jolene pitched great. As a freshman, pitching a perfect game means a lot. We showed a balance between our speed and power and put on a lot of pressure on Bucknell’s lineup. Our speed really hurt them and we let our power take over. The combination of those two came through and we’ve relied on it all season. We hope we can carry the success over to tomorrow.”

Game Two
Kentucky 6, Ohio State 5
Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“I wish we had started the way we ended it. We had a lot of missed opportunities but this gives us a chance to regroup because it is a long day of softball today.”

Sam Marder, Ohio State senior catcher
On the Buckeyes’ late run

“This game shows we are a team that cannot be taken lightly. We came up a little short in the game but we left on a good note and confident.”

May 22, 2010
Game Three
California 1, Kentucky 0
Diane Ninemire, California head coach
On the game

“We played a really tough team today in Kentucky. We did a good job of staying calm. Jolene (Henderson) pitched a great game for us and Arioto had a timely home run for us and it proved to be enough. But our bats are going to have to be better tomorrow no matter who we face. We’re going to have to be able to produce more runs and hope for a similar pitching performance.”

Rachel Lawson, Kentucky head coach
On the game

“It was a great pitcher’s duel. (Jolene) Henderson pitched awesome and did a great job stopping our offense. Cal is an explosive team. They can run and hit the long ball. I was pleased with how we pitched within the circle. Arioto capitalized on a hanging pitch and that’s all they needed.”

Game Four
Ohio State 6, Bucknell 0
Heather Rakosik, Bucknell head coach
On the game

“We had some nice innings but we let some get away from us. We didn’t control their power hitters and they ended up hitting a few home runs. However we did control some other things that I was happy with.”

The experience the team had from their first post-season tournament
“Our team had a great experience. It shows we are getting the program to where we want it to be. It’s a great honor to represent the Patriot League. Our team worked hard to get where we are and I think we’re starting to put the program on the map. We’re going to build from what we accomplished. We’ve learned some lessons and enjoyed it while we have been here.”

Game 5
Ohio State 5, Kentucky 3

Rachel Lawson, Kentucky head coach
On the game
“We knew Ohio State was a good hitting team and I thought Chandra (Bell) did a great job for us today in both games. She did a great job. When push comes to shove, Alicia Herron is an awesome player. She took over the game.”

On why Chandra Bell was the only pitcher that started both games against Ohio State
“Ohio State hits the low ball really well. Our other pitchers throw a lot of drops, so we felt Chandra who doesn’t pitch as low gives us a better chance to limit their runs.”

Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“We’ve watched Kentucky a lot lately and we know how strong they are. They have a great coaching staff and play in a tough conference. We have a great deal of respect for their program. Coming into the game, we knew it was going to be a seven inning battle. I thought our kids did a good job.”

On Megan Miller’s and Alicia Herron’s performances
“Megan knew the challenge coming in and she stepped up to the challenge. She gave up a few big hits but overall did a great job for us. As for Alicia, she played amazing. It was a battle of shortstops for a while with Alicia and Molly Johnson providing a lot of the offense for both teams. Our team knew what was on the line and came in with a lot of enthusiasm. We play for a great university and it’s easy to have pride and do what we do.”

Alicia Herron, sophomore shortstop
On the game
“Kentucky is a very good team. They bring great competition. We’re hurting a little bit right and we are giving it all we have as a team. I tried to step up and lead my team all that I could. Megan pitched a great game and we have confidence moving forward and leading the team to success.”

Game 6
California 7, Ohio State 0

Diane Ninemire, California head coach
Thoughts on the game and moving forward
“It was a great game. Val (Arioto) threw a good game. She kept Ohio State off balance, which I thought was key. Ohio State is a very good hitting team and I was impressed by how we shut them down offensively. It allowed us to stay focused and to score some runs. And it led to a win today.”

Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach
Thoughts on the game
“Cal played the way they wanted to and we didn’t. That’s how the game works. We had so many injuries with our team and I think they handled it very, very well. Last year’s Super Regional received a lot of credit, but this year’s team had the most to overcome that I think I’ve seen in my 24 years of coaching.

On the team’s injuries
“Before the Big Ten Tournament, we had one of our senior pitchers go down. Melanie (Nichols) was limited for this last couple of days as well. Megan (Miller) had to put the team on her back and she did a great job. Our seniors played as hard as we could have asked of them and fell just a little short at the end.”

After five-run second inning by Cal
“We played our guts off and battled back, sticking together as a team. It was good for our younger players to get some experience from this and our seniors gave it their all. Cal’s an excellent team and we knew it was going to be tough.”

Whitney Cooper, senior second-baseman
Thoughts on her senior season
“We take a lot of pride in what we do and what is on the front of our jerseys.”

Leah Ledford, senior outfielder
Thoughts on her senior season and the tournament
“I know I drew inspiration from (Courtney) Pruner, and all the pain she played through every day. It just wasn’t her either. I got inspiration from all our seniors and what we went through.”

Courtney Pruner, senior outfielder
Thoughts on her senior season and the tournament
“We had to lead this team and we knew what we had to do. I think from what we had to overcome and go through this year we did a pretty good job.”

Sam Marder, senior catcher
Thoughts on the game, her senior season, and the tournament
“We gave every last drop of what we had in our entire bodies. I don’t think we let our injuries get to us. We had what we had and nothing ever derailed us from our goals. I think we accomplished our goals no matter what. I’m really proud of this team and our seniors.”