Feb. 18, 2011
Alabama Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
“I thought Adam Morgan was really sharp and then the bullpen did a nice job coming in and throwing strikes to keep the game where it was at. Josh Rosecrans had a big night and kind of got us started and settled things down, Brock Bennett did some good things as well. I thought our bench play was good too. All of our young guys who came in really contributed to the game. It was a good opening night.”
On the return of David Kindred:
“It was great to have Dave back. There was a nice ceremony before the game and I know it meant a lot to him and his family and our team to have him back. He’s such a positive presence in the dugout and on the field everyday. The way everything has been handled from day one of the SEC Tournament until now is a real success story and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”
#32 Adam Morgan, LHP
“It felt great to be out there. After a whole fall of practicing and lifting, getting after it day in and day out, days and games like these, it’s amazing to get out there and see what everybody can do.”
On sustaining the momentum throughout the game:
“On the pitching side we always say, ‘Pitch by pitch, inning by inning,’ and that’s the mindset we had. The defense was solid, the hitting was great and the guys came off the bench and did a great job.”
On the combined four-hit shutout:
“Throwing a shutout is good. The hitters did their job keeping the pressure off of us. I seem to pitch better that way when you have the leeway, and 11 runs is a lot of leeway. There was definitely a lot of pressure taken off the pitchers tonight.”
* Alabama Governor, Dr. Robert Bentley, a resident of Tuscaloosa and a long-time season ticket holder for Alabama baseball, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to get the 2011 season underway. A University of Alabama alum, Dr. Bentley is the 53rd Governor of Alabama.
* Junior centerfielder Taylor Dugas led off the 2011 season with a liner to center in the bottom of the first inning. He plated the Crimson Tide’s first run of the year later in the inning on an RBI single by junior first baseman Josh Rosecrans.
* Rosecrans’ RBI single in the first inning was the first hit and first RBI of his Crimson Tide career. He would later add to that in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double that gave the Tide a 7-0 lead. Rosecrans finished the night 2-of-4 with 2 RBI and one run scored.
* After walking the opening batter of the game, junior LHP Adam Morgan retired 13 straight batters before surrendering an infield hit to Kenny Rowan in the top of the fifth inning. Morgan worked 5.1 innings, throwing 64 pitches while allowing just one hit and striking out six to earn the 12th win of his Crimson Tide career.
* Bennett totaled the seventh and eighth doubles of his career against the Braves. It’s the first time Bennett has had two doubles in a game during his UA career.
* Junior infielder James Tullidge and freshman outfielder Jeremiah Tullidge notched RBI doubles in their first career at-bats for Alabama in the bottom of the eighth inning. The brothers would each score later in the inning for their first career runs as well, with Jeremiah plating James in his at-bat.
* All-in-all Alabama had five players (Rosecrans, Jared Reaves, Case Nixon, Ja. Tullidge and Je. Tullidge) who totaled either their first hit, run or RBI in a UA uniform.