May 24, 2002
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CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH DIANE NINEMIRE
"That was an outstanding game and it was pretty typical of the Florida State-Cal series a year ago. Today it was a pitching duel between the two pitchers and Jocelyn (Forest) came out and threw a great game for us. Chelsea Spencer came up with a great home run for us that was enough to keep us ahead. We had tough defense today and I'm so proud of how this team has won its first two games thus far."
On pitcher Jocelyn Forest staying ahead of the FSU batters:
"That's a key for us to stay ahead in our counts because that allows her to set up her batters and keep them off balance. She just did a great job of mixing her pitches up and at the end there she was keeping the ball down and doing the things she needed to do to make sure there wasn't an opportunity for them to lift one out today."
CALIFORNIA SENIOR JOCEYLN FOREST
On how she felt before the game after pitching yesterday:
"I was a little tight this game, my elbow and forearm are a little tight. I probably didn't come out throwing as hard as I usually do and I had to go with some more down stuff like my drops and my change. I had to place the ball a little more and utilize my defense because I wasn't going to blow people away with the heat today."
On having the day off tomorrow:
"I think the day off is going to be good for us. I can speak for myself especially, having the day off to recover and let our muscles heal and get nice and rested for the next game coming up so we can come out strong."
CALIFORNIA FRESHMAN CHELSEA SPENCER
On hitting the game winning home run:
"It was a fatty. I hit the one down the third base line and I went to coach and told her I had to catch my breath real quick. Then she just threw me a pitch that I haven't been hitting real well and I took it deep."
FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH JoANNE GRAF
"I thought it was a great game. I thought it was definitely a pitchers' duel. Leslie (Malerich) and Jocelyn (Forest) both threw well. Jocelyn's ball was moving very well. She had a good mix of speed and kept us off balance all day. They got the home run and we didn't get that today. They did and that was the difference today. Both teams played great defense but it was just a pitchers' game and they got the hit they needed and we did not."
On Florida State's hitting throughout the game:
"I thought the last two innings we hit very well and I didn't think we did that early in the game. We were patient at the beginning and then we started getting a little impatient and then we got patient again. We need to hit more consistently throughout all seven innings because two hits is not what we need."
On Cal pitcher Jocelyn Forest:
"I think she's probably got the most movement on her pitches of any pitcher here. She won't just blow it by you but she keeps you guessing on the speed of her pitch and where it's going to be. And that's what makes her so effective."
FLORDIA STATE SENIOR LESLIE MALERICH
On giving up the home run:
"It wasn't the best pitch but it wasn't the worst pitch that I threw. It caught just a little too much of the plate. It wasn't right down the middle but I think the fact that it was up was what hurt me the most."
FLORIDA STATE JUNIOR BRANDI STUART
On if this game will motivate the team tomorrow:
"I think so because we have a lot of experience and we know that anything can happen. Making a comeback isn't something that's totally out of reach."
FLORIDA STATE SENIOR KIMMY CARTER
On rebounding from this game:
"We've got it all here. We're here and got a lot of heart and we've got the athletes here. We just have to use all of the determination that we can and play hard. We can do it. I know we surprised people against UCLA but we can do the job."