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Michigan 5, Stanford 4
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/19/2000

Recap| Box Score

Michigan Head Coach Carol Hutchins
On the play of her ballclub ... "I thought it was a pretty gutsy performance by Marissa (Young). We had a great rebound by my kids, we really came out to play in the second game. The first game (an 8-0 loss to DePaul) could have been the death of us and I thought our kids really responded. We were both -- us and Stanford -- fighting for our lives, and we came out and got some key hits. They have a great team and it was a great win for us."

On Wolverine pitcher Marrisa Young playing on an injured ankle ... "I had some concerns, but Marissa has had to gut out the whole season playing through pain and I thought she gave it her all. That's all I ask from any of my kids."

On how the team came back to win the second game ... "They had one of two choices: let it kill them or come back. They took the high road. We got some offense going and that was critical. We had some steal plays that worked. We really needed to make some things happen. The squeeze in the third and the steal was huge. That just fired up our team and executed our offense."

Michigan Pitcher Marissa Young
On Cardinal Jessica Mendoza's home run and then striking her out in the seventh inning ... "I made a mistake on a pitch to Jessica Mendoza and she did what she was supposed to do. She is a great hitter. I obviously wasn't going to let her do what she did again. So we mixed it up a little bit on her and it was a big out for us."

Stanford Head Coach John Rittman
On the season-ending loss ... "As a team and coaching staff we're disappointed, but we did have an outstanding year. As far as this weekend's tournament we didn't play our best softball of the year and at this time of the year you have to bring your 'A' game. It's a testament to our team, the way we fought back. A lot of teams would have folded. It's kind of a reflection of how our team has played all year. We've battled adversity on and off the field. We're very proud of our team, but still a little disappointed about the outcome."

On defensive mistakes ... "Defensively execution-wise we made a lot of mistakes. We didn't get the timely hits, but we could have played bettered defensively."

"I tip my hat to Michigan, they were really aggressive."

Stanford Centerfielder Jessica Mendoza
On hitting a three-run homer and then striking out in the seventh ... "She (Marissa Young) mainly pitched me away and up. She came in once and that's when I connected. The last time I was up I was trying to be calm, not putting too much in my head. I actually was trying to do anything to get on base, it just didn't work out that way."


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