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Florida State Seminoles softball, Softball, Lonni Alameda, Women’s College World Series Post-Game Press Conference – June 07, 2021

What would you see from her and what did that, when you were able to hit that home run? What did that do for you guys just your energy and really believing this could happen. Um, obviously montana fought. She has a great rise ball. She also spots couple low in the zone um i just wanted to get the barrel there. She supplies a lot of power. As long as i could get the barrel through the zone. I knew it would be a hard hit i’m just glad it went over the fence. I think a home run in the first inning it’s, a great way to start the game. Obviously we tend to score later in the game. A lot after we get through the after we get through the lineup one time, but i think setting that pace for the game was well needed. Allison, posey, hey elizabeth, just a question. I asked you before you left tallahassee. If you had a nickname for this team yet and you didn’t have one, do you have one now? First question and second question: just the fight in this team. I mean the young lady. Next to you, young player, everybody uh tonight, just just fought so hard. I still don’t have a nickname. I don’t think we get to choose the nickname. I think the fans will come up with one but it’s amazing to see mudge’s performance tonight. She she’s been one person on our team who has worked tirelessly day in and day out.

She’S had it in her from day one i think, as a team we’ve had it in us from day, one um couldn’t be happier that it’s coming together now and i’m i’m so proud of much tonight. We all are melvin stiff elizabeth uh. Congratulations to you and kaylee um and the whole team um. Can you talk a little bit about your defense? You get a lot of um attention for your offense. Obviously, but you’ve had to adjust to a new position at first base, and you had some really nice picks out there today and then that great cut off throw. Can you talk about how you how hard you’ve had to work on that um? When you have a coach who believes in you enough to switch your position every year, you i owe it to her to be the best i can be wherever she’s going to put me defensively. We know we have strong pitching staff and defensively. All we can do is, you know, do the best for them give them the support that they deserve and put it together offensively as best as we can and make sure that you know we hold that game down. Okay, let’s follow up with you on the defensive end. You made that great diving catch in the seventh pending against against bayley. You know you have to obviously respect her power and they were a little deep, so you had to come in pretty hard.

Just take us through that play yeah. We were back by the warning track because we know how much power she has. She hit a home run earlier in the game and she’s a great hitter. So we were giving her that respect and when i saw go to go up in the air, i just wanted to make a play for danielle and make a play for my team, so joey hilmer yeah, for both of you all you and your opponent in this Wcws finals, both travel, the same path, losing your first game and winning all the way. Through what gave you gave you all the belief that you could go ahead and in 2018, your program did this as well, but to win all these games in a row to get to the championship. Finals start with kaylee. Please yeah! I wasn’t here when they won the 2018 um, but i remember watching on tv and i just remember how much fight they had and i think that’s what we have this year too. We just have a fight for every pitch to the left and our right um. I just think if we look at the end goal, then we get too ahead of ourselves, so we can’t control the outcome of any game. We’Ve just been trying to fight one pitch at a time. Elizabeth um, i think, there’s something special about fsu that allows us to block everything else out: block out the stats block out the outcome block out anyone who’s not in our corner, and you know we just looked to our left and our right.

You know i looked at danielle, i looked too much look to our coaches and when you can fight for them, all you want to do is give one more pitch one more opportunity and one more game and that’s what we did in 2018 and we know we Can do it again because we’ve been there before graham hayes as for both players, this isn’t, a team that relies on home, runs, but you had three big ones in recent days from danny and anna and elizabeth today, when you’re at the world series in this kind Of setting do those kind of hits build a momentum or energy beyond even the runs they produce start with elizabeth, please i mean a home run, is definitely an energy builder momentum builder, but um, obviously it’s not the end, all be all for a winning team. I think we’ve been able to put together, runs um and wins offensively situational, hitting you know just trying to scratch and claw when we can get those home runs across. I think it’s like a really big cushion for our pitchers and it really loosens us up to just continue to get one run out of time. Kaylee yeah, i agree with lizzie we’ve all season. We’Ve just fought to try and find runs as best as we can and home runs are great situational. Hitting is great. We just try and play one pitch at a time putting the ball in play and just trying to run the bases as best we can so just finding a way to score runs.

Home runs are great and they give a lot of momentum to us, but so does situational hitting and base hits edwin stanton elizabeth, i don’t know this has already been asked. But could you talk about the game plan coming in from montana fouts and what were y’all? Seeing from her that just made y’all uh very so confident at the play today, um obviously coming off of a perfect game. Montana is an amazing athlete. Even better of a pitcher saw a lot of strikeouts on that rise ball up in the zone um. She brings a lot of velo to the plate as well. Just trying to get the barrel to the ball, see it down. She does spot a couple down in the zone so just doing our best to lay off that rise ball and when she does miss to make sure we’re ready for that pitch. I know. Obviously we don’t have either the pitchers here so i’m going to ask y’all about them. I mean you knew how loaded the alabama lineup was. I mean catherine was the one who who did a lot to get you all here. But what can you say about what all three of them you took all three of them tonight to kind of be able to hold off the charge start with caleb, please, our pitching staff has been amazing. All season we’ve really relied on them heavily and cat started us off started us off great and then caitlin came in and danielle came in and they all pitched their butts off.

So it was just fun to see them all come together for a big win for us elizabeth. When you’re one of the last four teams left in the nation, there’s going to be hits obviously alabama they’re a top four team, one of the best teams in the nation, we would expect nothing less from them, but our pitchers. They have worked so hard they’re amazing. They dominate and when, when they do slip, a little there’s, always someone there to have their back. The second, the second cat um got a little shaky. It was kaylynn the second kailyn it was danielle, and we know that they’re going to fight for us. The same way we would fight for them and we just have so much confidence in them and it allows us to just be even better teammates, even better defense and you know, get some stuff going offensively as well. Elizabeth cayley. Thank you very much for your time. Congratulations. Thank you guys. We are now joined by head coach, lonnie, alameda questions for coach we’ll begin with allison posey, hey coach, congratulations! Um! Just wanted to talk to you. We’Ve talked to you before about the fight in this team, but but it’s everybody i mean you have lizzie the the senior who obviously had that big hit for you guys in the first and then it goes down to mudge who’s, a young player on this team. What is it about their ability to fight and the culture that you’ve created here at florida state yeah? I mean, i think, it’s been the whole journey of the season.

I know our upperclassmen and our returning world series players really wanted to share the culture. The experience the the fight pitch by pitch, and yet they had pressures of their own trying to figure them their selves out and how to compete. Also – and so i think the culture piece has really got us through here, because there are many times they could have. Given up on the process, part and that’s been so important to us, but yet we have such a good foundation of family and the competitive nature and we keep bringing those values up and we keep talking about them and i think it just kept the fabric of Our team, together to give us the opportunity to be able to shine towards the end of the season and uh. I couldn’t be more proud of elizabeth. I know that she’s wanted to lead and lead this team and it’s hard as a leader, it’s really hard said. Cheryl we talk about all the time, danny morgan and then you got kaylee. Mudge is going to give you everything. She has she’s going to follow and she’s going to give her heart out. So now it’s, all of a sudden coming together and they’re, just like they said to the left and right fighting for each other pitch by pitch tom tibbetts coach, the the fan base. Just obviously it goes without mention, you know every road game. It feels like you guys are at home playing at graph, but there was this cool moment in the broadcast where they, where they showed the canadian national team, watching you guys supporting you.

Obviously i know you have that relationship with them, but to see your brand florida state softball being supported on different international borders, different countries, just how cool is that um really cool? I did not know that happened. I mean obviously kaylee rafter is a florida state. Alum and you’ve got a lot of collegiate players in that group, so they love the game of softball and i am fortunate to be able to be their pitching coaches here in tokyo. So i am tied to them. Quite tightly and i’m really proud of the opportunity, but i think that goes to the the big picture that we’ve been talking about. A lot i mean softball is incredible, and people want to support it and they want to grow it, and – and you hear your team taking time out while they’re training for tokyo to to watch the college world series, i think that’s super special, graham hayes, hi lonnie Uh, the the sport has moved so much in recent years toward the home run and you’ve you’ve had teams that have been home runs recently, but what role does other methods of run production still have in in softball, and what this team was able to do? Yeah? I mean, i think, it’s so important that when you get to the biggest time of the year that good pitching is going to beat hitting, i mean that’s. Just the thing like good pitching beats hitting and when you get here, you’ve got to make sure that you can link those at bats together and, however, it happens, and and for this ball club we’ve had to link out bats all together.

All season so we’re very comfortable with that we’re comfortable, failing we’re, comfortable having quality at bats, we’re comfortable with moving our runners and then, if one crooked letter goes up because someone gets a three run home run, that’s bonus for us. So i think when you have to rely on it, which is going to be something that we’re going to be watching here in the next couple days, because i mean oklahoma’s incredible way: they swing the bats. But if you can get that glue one through nine and people off the bench to do their job to just keep the lineup moving it’s, pretty special nick kelly based on the scouting you did of montana and just seen her before i mean what pitches do you Feel weren’t there as much for today um, i mean it’s hard to say, she’s, an incredible pitcher. Even i said it yesterday with kill foy she’s, a good pitcher um. I don’t. You know i don’t know there’s pressure coming into these games sometimes too, and i think we did a good job of battling pitches. I think when mudge got in there and she started fouling off stuff like um, you know it was just let’s put the ball in play and let’s make her work, and that was just the mindset. So i just don’t know if it’s her inability as more as our ability to make sure that we could use our plan versus her. I think she’s, she’s, incredible and she’s had an incredible season and they’re a great ball club melvin stiff hi coach.

Congratulations. Can you talk a little bit about um, the 2018 experience and how that’s helped you guys this year? If any players who’ve done this before yeah, i mean 2018 um for me personally and i think for for travis, when we were part of that, we realized that how important it is for them to be comfortable in their own skin as a team when we lost To ucla they took a team meeting together without the coaches and they took control and they ran with it and they were prepared for it as a coaching staff that’s. What you want this point in time that you know they don’t need to look to you because you’ve, given everything you have to them and they’re ready to play a high level game, and i got that feeling again. You know i danielle watson, hasn’t thrown a lot, and you know when she came in after that inning and she took a deep breath and she was prepared for the moment because of everything we’ve poured into her and every opportunity she has and it’s. Just such a good feeling to know that as a coaching staff and ever upperclassmen, you can share with younger ones for their moment it doesn’t matter how big the stage is. They can execute their moment and i’ve seen that from 2018 to now start to become this week here and it’s heartwarming ryan kelly, hey coach, is it going to be a little nostalgic looking across the other dugouts seeing the crimson and cream fighting for college world series? Title yeah not nostalgic at all i’m super proud of graduating from the university of oklahoma i’m, very proud of what we did.

You know we broke the top 25 and i know ever since then: they’ve done incredible job but um i’m, a a big fan of the game of softball and uh yeah, like you know, you always root for your alma mater, but when you’re playing against them, you Root for the team that you’re coaching and i’m excited i’m really excited to play in front of a full stadium. When we came in the first day and we saw the upper deck – and i know what it’s like you know – to be 30 minutes down the road and all the state of oklahoma coming in here to cheer for for them and um it’s going to be so Special i’m looking forward to our players looking forward to it so it’s going to be an honor to play here and be one of the team. Two teams left standing: that’s central coach, kurt weiler, hey lonnie, congratulations! Um after the uh, the the ucla game. Is there a moment, or maybe a few moments you can pinpoint of realizing that exactly what this team could do coming out of the losers bracket again, maybe a response or something like that. Um yeah i mean i don’t, think uh. We were fully competing in the ucla game. I think if we were kind of dipping our toe in the water and seeing if we could compete and then afterwards, you know we chatted a little bit and you know laid out there and, of course, in your 2018 veterans, are like hey we’ve, been here before You know it’s not a big deal if you just think pitch pitch and just just get after your little moments, then all of a sudden you look up and you’ve got some games under your belt and you know it’s, really special and enjoying that process.

Part of it so um, i can’t think of anything right now. Honestly, you know between the late night game and the early, like i mean it’s, all swirling together. You know now it’s about getting prepared for ou and figuring out what we can do there coach. Thank you very much for your time. Congratulations! Thank you very much.

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