Feb. 17, 2013
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
“For starters, it was a good weekend. When you’re coming in with that many freshman on the field, we felt like for the last five months that we were going to play that well. I thought all the guys played really well, mainly with their composure and poise that you want to see. Also, they all have a competitive edge about them that you like to see. Today, I thought Charley (Sullivan) gave us a good start, and it was also really good to have Tucker Hawley come out. We kind of shoved him right into the fire there with the bases loaded and he was able to induce a double play ball, pitching a really solid inning. I thought Justin Kamplain threw the ball really well in the back end of the game. From the fifth inning on from Friday, offensively, I thought we really had good offensive pressure throughout the games. Their left hander did a really nice job against us today, early, but I felt like we still had some pretty good at bats and we were able to spring them together from the second inning on.”
Thoughts on the freshman starters and Cary Baxter
“Baxter is really filling the need for us right now. He had a huge weekend, both RBI wise and hit wise. He’s the guy that we knew was capable of this. He had some at-bats last year and he didn’t look quite ready, but it looks like he’s taken the next step now.”
Thoughts on the first base position
“Well right now I think it’s Baxter. There is still some competition that will be on-going. The guys that are putting up results and playing well are going to continue to stay out there and get opportunities. We’re always trying to find the right mix that will make it go and right now the last couple games have been a pretty solid line-up.”
Thoughts on Tucker Hawley’s first outing since surgery
“I thought he went out there and attacked the zone. The one thing with him that we want to see is the velocity start to come back. I think today he was 85-87. I’d like to see that be in the 88-90 range. The one thing about Tucker though is that he throws strikes. He’s going to be a really good piece wherever he ends up, starter or reliever. Right now it’s just about building his innings back up and getting that velocity back to where it needs to be.”
Alabama Player Quotes
# 3, Kenny Roberts, 3b
Thoughts on starting off 3-0
“It’s great, that’s a positive of what this team can do. I think as the season goes on we will get better and we will really show what we can do.”
Thoughts on all the lead changes the entire weekend
“It’s different. I know last year the other team would jump on us we would kind of quiet down. [This year] we’ve battled back and continue to hit the ball. We never panicked or got scared; we just continued to stick with our approach.”
Thoughts on the composure of the freshman
“It’s huge. The five freshmen have really accepted their roles. They are willing to step and listen to coach and some of the older guys when we ask them something to do. It’s huge to bring these guys in and get them started early.”
# 44, Tucker Hawley, RHP
Thoughts on being back from surgery
“Sitting out all of last year and just having to watch and try to help out the team, but it’s always good to be back out on the field.”
Thoughts on how he felt today
“I felt great. I was a little amped up when I first came in, but then I got calmed down once I got going.
Thoughts on the double played turned today
“It was definitely huge. Those guys in the middle are great, they look to make plays. They always have a lot of confidence any time a ball gets hit toward them.”
POST GAME NOTES:
* Five freshman were in the starting line-up for the Crimson Tide. For Chance Vincent it was his first start of the year.
* In the bottom of the second inning, Kenny Roberts recorded his first double of the season, driving in Ben Moore.
* Brett Booth opened the season with a RBI in each game of the opening series.
* Georgie Salem had his first career game with multi stolen bases, stealing second and third in the bottom of the third.
* Senior pitcher Charley Sullivan recorded six strikeouts in his start today, tying his career-high.
* Senior Kenny Roberts recorded a career high with three runs score. Roberts also recorded his first RBI of the season.
* Freshman Georgie Salem recorded his first multi-hit game for the Crimson Tide going 2-for-4 in the game.
* Tucker Hawley made his first appearance since June 6th, 2011, and recorded the win for the Tide.
* Cary Baxter finished the series with a .625 batting average (5-for-8) to lead the Tide in the three games. He also tied Kenny Roberts for team-high homes with two doubles in the series.
* Baxter, Brett Booth and Ben Moore all had four RBI in the series to lead Alabama.
* Lefty Justin Kamplain recorded his first career save, throwing 2.1 innings with one hit and three strikeouts.
* Brett Booth has now reached base safely in nine straight games after going 1-for-2 with two walks on Sunday.
* Booth posted a .500 average (4-for-8) and led the team with six runs scored in the series.
* Freshman shortstop Mikey White was 1-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday and finished the series with a .545 average (6-for-11), with three RBI, three walks and three stolen bases.