Feb. 18, 2012
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
“We were outplayed in every area of the game. Florida Atlantic has played really well for the first two games, and I thought we were sloppy today. For our side of it, we’re playing very timidly and very unconfidently, which is a surprise to me at this point. We have to regroup, get back together, and get our offense rolling, because that’s really what provides energy for you. They [Florida Atlantic] have done a great job of pitching and we haven’t adjusted. We’ve had a poor approach and we have to do a better job of using the middle of the field.”
On the number of strikes pitched by Florida Atlantic:
“They’ve been making us earn everything and they’ve been defending well. They’ve been solid in every phase of the game. They pitched extremely well with three pitches for a strike, they’ve played an extremely good defense and they’ve really created their own breaks to make things happen. We haven’t done anything in the last 18 innings to change that. We’ve just kind of rolled with it, and it’s time a group of guys steps up and makes a change to get this thing moving.”
On what can be done to spark Alabama’s offense:
“Obviously we need to mix up the lineup a little bit, but it’s going to come down to one of the core players coming in and getting a big hit. The biggest thing for us is that we’ve got to put together back-to-back-to-back good at- bats. Right now, after Taylor Dugas, there’s not much happening. We’ve got to string them together, guys have got to be more competitive in their at-bats and we’ve got to have a better plan. Right now we’re going away from our approach of what we’ve been working on for the last six months.”
On the two tough plays in the outfield:
“It kind of goes back to what I was saying earlier, I think they [Florida Atlantic] have created their own breaks, They’ve kept pressure on us for two games and we haven’t done anything on our side to create the pressure to them on the defensive end, and that’s a credit to them. Those plays will happen when you’re confident and you’re moving, and when you finish the play.”
Alabama Player Quotes
#1 Taylor Dugas, CF
On his triple in the eighth inning, and whether he feels if a hit like that could get something going for the next game:
“Yeah, I do. When I hit that, I think the score was 7-1. We got down a little bit and tried to make a little noise and spark a comeback. We just have to stick with our approach as a team, but hopefully we can get that spark for tomorrow. We’ve got to regroup and have better at-bats tomorrow.
On the weather during the game today:
“It wasn’t too bad playing out there today. It’s better playing in the rain today than having a double-header tomorrow.”
POST GAME NOTES:
* Taylor Dugas hits his 12th career triple, tying G.W. Keller (1997-99) for second all-time at Alabama. Emeel Salem (2004-07) holds the school record with 13 triples.
* Dugas’ fifth-inning double marked the 56th of his career, tying him with Sam Bozanich (1998-2000) for sixth all-time. Jeremy Brown (1999-2002) and Joe Caruso (1994-97) are tied for fourth and Dave Magadan holds the school record with 64 doubles.
* Dugas was 3-for-3 in the game, and now has 268 career hits, tying Dave Magadan (1981-83) for seventh all-time at Alabama. Josh Rutledge (2008-10) is sixth with 279 career hits and Andy Phillips (1996-99) holds the school record with 322 hits.
* Saturday marked the first multi-hit game of the season for Dugas and the 87th of his career.
* Dugas extended his hitting streak to six games (last four games from 2011 and first two in 2012). Dugas has now reached base in his last 14 games (12 from 2011 and two in 2012).
* Today’s game marks the first career starts for catcher Ben Moore, right fielder Cary Baxter and DH Cameron Carlisle.
* In his first career at-bat Carlisle had a RBI single in the first inning.
* Kenny Roberts singled to center field in the third inning for his first hit at Alabama. Roberts was 2-for-4 in the game with an RBI single in the eighth.
* Jared Reaves notched his 30th career multi-hit game after going 2-for-4 against the Owls on Saturday.
* Spencer Turnbull makes his first appearance for Alabama, relieving Charley Sullivan in the fifth inning.
* Turnbull allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits with three strikeouts in 3.0 innings.
* Today’s game marked the first career appearance for LHP Jon Keller. Keller allowed two hits in 1.0 innings.
* Junior outfielder/RHP Brandt Hendricks made his first appearance in the top of the ninth.