Tennessee's Lauren Gibson put the biggest run on the board — the first one — with a solo home run in the first inning against Texas Sunday evening. Then she scored the crucial second run for the Volunteers on a bases-loaded walk.
With a 2-1 win over Texas, Tennessee advanced to the championship series of the Women's College World Series.
Q. Could you talk about your home run, and then the second run, which turned out to be critical?
A. Well, the home run, I just went up there looking for a good pitch to hit. I know Blaire Luna is a really good pitcher. She's had a great four years, and I was just going up there looking for something that was in my zone, saw it and hit it. Obviously, the second run was critical. One run is great, but to put two on the board for our pitcher to have a little cushion for the seventh inning was a big deal.
Your first career home run was off Luna. When was that?
I think it was March, maybe, of my freshman year. It was the first time we played Texas. I don't remember the date or anything, but that was the first time I hit a home run.
What does it mean to get to this point, and be playing in the championship series?
Honestly, this is what we've all worked for. This is my third time at the world series and this will be my first time in the championship series. I can't even explain the feeling. Just so excited and feel so blessed to have this opportunity to play another game with my teammates and my friends, and to continue our season.