Feb. 17, 2012
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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard:
“I was very pleased with the start we got from Taylor Guilbeau, in his five innings. I thought the overall assessment of our pitching; I was pleased with the way our guys threw the ball tonight. The sixth inning kind of got away from us, and we made a big error there where we had a chance to get an out in the inning, and that led to what I believe were four unearned runs, and that was really the difference in the ballgame. We had an opportunity or two early offensively, but I give a lot of credit to their starter, Ryan Garton, I thought he did a tremendous job tonight with three pitches tonight, and their bullpen came in and did a nice job as well. Offensively, we’ll find that rhythm. I know this is going to be a good offensive team. Tonight was one of those tough nights where we ran into some guys that executed pitches, and we never really got in the flow of the game offensively.”
On the reasoning behind taking out Taylor Guibeau:
“He was on a pitch count tonight, his pitch count was 70 and he was at 65 when he came out after the fifth, and that will kind of be the trend for the first couple weeks. We’ll keep those guys between 65 and 75, and let them push that up. And that’s another thing with these young guys, you don’t want to expand them too much this early in the season.”
On Taylor Guilbeau only giving up one run:
“I was happy with his performance. His performance is one reason why he got the ball tonight. He’s a really good competitor and he’s got a very good mentality on the mound, and I think he showed some of that tonight.”
On his opinion of the closer:
“He was pretty good tonight, so if we can get that out of Ian Gardeck then we’re going to be fine in the back of the game. I don’t know what he was velocity-wise, but it was hard.”
#5 Brett Booth, C
On tonight’s game:
“I thought Guilbeau was big for us tonight. He came in, gave us five good innings. We plan on this all the time, that pitching and defense is going to win. About halfway through we just had a little breakdown. It’s going to happen, it’s still early in the year. I think we need to just take this as a learning experience.”
On the team’s five hits tonight:
“The guy they had pitching [Ryan Garton] was a veteran player, he was good with three pitches, threw them all for a strike. For it being this early on in the season, he did a very good job mixing us up and keeping us off balance all night.
#20 Taylor Guilbeau, LHP
On his performance:
“I felt really good going into the game, I wasn’t too nervous. I just let my defense work, as you can see in the first inning.
On giving up only one run tonight:
“It was very big for me. Coach [Mitch Gaspard] is always talking about minimizing the big runs, the big innings, and for me to get out of the inning with only one run was a very big accomplishment for me.”
POST GAME NOTES:
* Taylor Guilbeau is the first true freshman to start the season opener for the Crimson Tide since freshmen were allowed to Division I baseball in 1973
* Guilbeau allowed just one run on three hits, struck out four, while walking two in five innings of action.
* Senior outfielder Taylor Dugas collected one hit, giving him 264 for his UA career. This places him eighth on the all-time list and just four hits behind former Alabama standout Dave Magadan.
* Prior to Friday night’s loss, the Tide had won five consecutive season openers.
* With a hit tonight Taylor Dugas has now hit safely in his last five games.
* With two hits tonight Brett Booth recorded his 18th career multi-hit game.
* Including the last four games in the 2011 season, Brett Booth has now hit safely in five straight games.
* Junior College transfer Ian Gardeck struck out the side in the ninth on 12 pitches in his Alabama debut.
* In his debut, freshman pitcher Jake Hubbard did not allow a hit while striking out one in one inning of work.
* After missing most of the 2011 season following back surgery, Jason Zylstra threw a scoreless eighth inning for the Tide.
* Following Friday night’s loss to Florida Atlantic, Alabama is now 2-2 all-time against the Owls.
* Hunter Gregory had the first hit of the season for Alabama with a double down the line in the third inning.
* Austin Smith scored Alabama’s first run of the year in the seventh inning.
* Additional players making their debut for the Tide were Kenny Roberts, Ben Moore, AJ Cole, and Cary Baxter.