Alabama notes and quotes, VMI game 2



Feb. 16, 2013

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement:
“Pitching wise wasn’t really where we wanted to be. Jon (Keller) gave us an ok start and Keaton Haack came in and did a good job. Being a freshman, he pitched with a lot of poise and composure. Offensively, it was a good day for us. The top half of the line-up helped out a lot today. Ben (Moore) ran his first one out and we had a couple guys with three hits. Booth's hit in the eighth inning was really big for us as it helped stretch out the lead a little bit.”

Thoughts on Jon Keller bouncing back after letting up three runs:
“He did a nice job after that, he stayed young today but really never found that good rhythm that I thought he would find.  With our pitch counts limited right now, were kind of getting in there in a hurry.  That’s one thing we hopefully want to see with Charley (Sullivan) tomorrow. Hopefully he can stretch those guys out a little more.”

Thoughts on the production from the 6, 7 and 8 hitters
“I think we had two 3-hit guys back-to-back with Booth and Cary. I thought we had good offense pressure throughout the ball game and the line-up today.”

Thoughts on Keller’s pitch count
“It will stretch out; it will be at 100 here pretty quick. The weather has some to do with it today. Next week being in Florida we will probably stretch all the starters to around 90 pitches. We gradually have them stepping up 15 pitches each. The key again today was the middle guy that came in. I thought Keaton Haack came in and did a nice job keeping things settled.”

Alabama Player Quotes
#5, Brett Booth, Catcher
Thoughts on the overall perspective of the team right now
“Playing a lot of young guys on the field, you’re going to see how they respond. Yesterday, we got off to a slow start, they jumped on us and you saw how people responded. Today, we got out a lead and they came back and responded and we got right back at them. I think the biggest thing we’ve had going is the offense pressure in both games. We found our pressure every inning. Pitching wise, we had two great jobs relieving both days. Today, with Keaton Haack did a good job coming in and keeping the game right where it was and giving us a chance to win.”

#7, Ben Moore, Right Fielder
Thoughts on getting off to a good start
“Anytime you get off to a 2-0 start you feel really good about what you got going on. It really just reimburse what we knew all along with this team. We know we’re going to be good and we know we have the talent to be good. These wins really just reinforce that confidence that we had.”  

Thoughts on how the team is coming around offensively
“Today we were swinging it real well.  I feel like every day we are capable of coming out here and swinging well. We have a solid line-up one through nine. Everyone can hit, bunt and run.”

Thoughts on playing through mistakes
“A lot of us have this mentality where we play free and loose. We’re going to make mistakes, but you can’t let those mistakes lead to two mistakes. I think we just have the mentality where we’re going to go out there and have fun and play hard no matter what happens.”

* In his second career game with the Crimson Tide, Georgie Salem recorded his first career hit to lead off the game.
* Georgie Salem also recorded his first stolen base for the Crimson Tide in the 1st inning.
* Mikey White went 1-for-2 with three walks in game two of the series against VMI.
* Kyle Overstreet added his first career RBI with Alabama in the bottom of the second inning.
* Newcomer Steven Cole recorded a hit, RBI and run in his first appearance with the Crimson Tide.
* Brett Booth was 3-for-5 and has now reached base safely in his last eight games.
* Brett Booth recorded his 28th career multi-hit game and the fourth three hit game of his career.
* Ben Moore homered to left field in the fourth inning for the first homerun for the Crimson Tide this season.
* Ben Moore matched his career-high with three RBI.
* Cary Baxter notched his first career three-hit game and the third multi-hit game of his career.
* Jon Keller stuck out a career-high eight batters, after pitching four full innings.
* Reliever Keaton Haack made his debut for the Crimson Tide, throwing 3.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts.
* Freshmen Daniel Cucjen and Mitch Greer made their first Alabama appearance. Cucjen entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh, Greer pinch hit in the eighth inning, drawing a walk.
* In only his second career game, Kyle Overstreet recorded his first multi-hit game.
* With 13 hits in game two of the series, Alabama has reached double digits in hits in both games this season.