May 11, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Top-seeded Texas A&M defeated No. 10 seed Nebraska, 5-0, to earn its first Big 12 Championship title. The Aggies became the first squad since Nebraska in 2004 to win both the regular season and postseason crowns.
The Aggies used three consecutive singles to plate the game's first run in the bottom of the second inning. A&M took a 2-0 lead when Macie Morrow's pop up fell for a single as NU shortstop Whitney Barrett got tangled up with Jami Lobpries at second base.
Texas A&M found the scoreboard again in the bottom of the fourth. Once again, three consecutive singles opened the frame and led to the inning's first run. An error and a fielder's choice where no out was recorded figured into the Aggies loading the bases with no outs. A wild pitch brought home the runner from third and gave A&M a 4-0 lead. The Huskers then recorded an out at home before Gibson had an RBI ground out to give the Aggies their final margin of victory.
A&M All-American Megan Gibson earned her third victory of the tournament while improving to 33-1 on the season. The Championship's Most Outstanding Player, Gibson tossed a three-hit shutout, her 16th of the season, in beating the Huskers for the third time this year.
Junior right-hander Molly Hill (15-17) took the loss for Nebraska. Starting her fourth game in less than 45 hours, Hill allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings. Sophomore right-hander Alex Hupp tossed a scoreless inning to close out the game.
The Aggies had a program-best four student-athletes on the All-Tournament Team, highlighted by Gibson's most outstanding player honor. The Huskers also had four on the team while Texas Tech earned two spots. Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma all had one student-athlete honored.
Nebraska Head Coach Rhonda Revelle Quotes
On Texas A&M senior pitcher Megan Gibson:
"What this reminded me of is a pitcher getting in the circle and saying you are not going to deny me and she had a lot of success with her history data base that she can go out and do that. It kind of reminded me Peaches back in '04 going through this tournament saying this is my senior year and this is my tournament. It is very understandable why she was player of the year and pitcher of the year and one of the ten best players in the nation. I think she has just as good of shot as anybody given what she has done this year."
On her team:
"I knew that emotionally that we had a lot in the tank but I just didn't know what we would have physically. I think Molly did a good job and it is not like they hit it hard, they just found spots but I didn't think we got on top of the ball as much as I would like to. You have to give them credit."
Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans Quotes
On winning the Championship:
"It's just great to finally get that monkey off our back. We haven't played well at this tournament and I thought we came out this weekend and looked really good. We needed to have these three games to get us sharp and back ready to play postseason. It was really important for us to come out and play well. This is going to give us great momentum going into the postseason."
On making it back to Oklahoma City for the NCAA Women's College World Series...
"When we pulled up on the bus on that first day to come here and practice. It felt like we were playing where they play the College World Series. We were back in that realm, where before it has always been this is where we play the Big 12 tournament. Now it's nice to be at a place in our program where we walk in here and say, 'This is where you play the College World Series.' That's what we aspire to do this year, to be back at the World Series."
2008 BIG 12 SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Brette Reagan, Baylor, INF, Jr.
Rachel Zabriskie, Iowa State, P, Fr.
Samantha Ricketts, Oklahoma, INF, Jr.
Crystal Carwile, Nebraska, INF, Jr.
Molly Hill, Nebraska, RHP, Jr.
Haley Long, Nebraska, INF, Jr.
Meghan Mullin, Nebraska, OF, Jr.
Erin Glasco, Texas A&M, C, Jr.
Megan Gibson, Texas A&M, P, Sr.--Most Outstanding Player
Jamie Hinshaw, Texas A&M, 3B, Sr.
Holly Ridley, Texas A&M, SS, Jr.
Jennifer Corkin, Texas Tech, C, Sr.
Devin Zargoza, Texas Tech, OF, Sr.