Alabama - Arkansas-Pine Bluff Notes and Quotes Game 1



Feb. 24, 2012

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement:
“Tonight, I thought that we competed better with our at-bats and that we did a better job with two strikes and we were able to get some two-out hits as well.  On the pitching side I thought Guilbeau wasn’t super-sharp tonight, but that’s kind of him, he always finds a way to get outs.  He got through six innings and he extended his pitch count a bit tonight.  I think that the bullpen was good; the last inning was kind of a tough spot for Gardeck.  We’re trying to just get him some innings and appearances right now, and 14-0 is kind of rough spot for a closer to come in.  Otherwise, I thought that the pitching was solid, we played a clean game after the first play.”

Thoughts on tonight’s offense:
“Well, we certainly saw some of it [the offense] on the back end. I think that we at least showed some signs tonight offensively. Obviously, there was Ben Moore with his three-run homer, you saw some doubles that were hit really well in the gap. This team is capable of being a very good offense, it just looks like it’s going to take us a little bit of time to get our rhythm going.”

Thoughts on the large amounts of hits for the Crimson Tide in today’s game:
“I think that this is what the offense is capable of doing, hitting one through nine and having a bit of power.  Getting a flow like that is what we’re after right now.  We need to get six or seven guys swinging a bat with confidence ,swinging the bat well and having good at-bats, one after another.”

Thoughts on what having two-out hits in today’s game, and how it affected the game’s momentum:
“That was a big focus of ours this week, two-strike hitting and the ability to get those big hits with two outs. We spent a lot of time with that, and that’s something we preach throughout the year. To me that’s really just a mentality that has to be formed with this team. Tonight it paid off for us, because that’s a huge momentum swing when you get the two-out hit.”

Alabama Player Quotes
#7 Ben Moore, C
Thoughts on what the offense did this week to set up mentally for tonight’s game:
“We knew all along that we could hit. Last week we didn’t really have any momentum, in practice this week we knew that it was all in our heads. We came out tonight and took the same approach, we made sure we had good at-bats and put the ball in play.”

Thoughts on the late surge in tonight’s game:
“Good pitching contributed, just keeping them with no runs.  The after seeing some pitching for a while, we just dug in and got comfortable.”

#3 Kenny Roberts, 2B
Thoughts on getting the first win of the season tonight:
“It feels great. Our plan today was just to come out and play hard, to make sure that we did the little things. We did all of that and it’s just great to get that first win. Hopefully this will spark us.”
Thoughts on getting 13 hits tonight and 14 runs:
“It’s a lot different from last week. I think our offense kind of sparked us, Guilbeau threw pretty well, but our offense kind of took control late in the game. We put some hits together and we came out with a big win.”

* In his second start of the season as catcher, freshman Ben Moore threw out two base runners attempting to steal.
* Taylor Dugas hit his 57th career double in the third inning, putting him one double away from tying Jeremy Brown and Joe Caruso for fourth all time at Alabama.
* Taylor Dugas collected his 99th career RBI, on an RBI single in the third inning.
* Junior Kenny Roberts collected his first career double in the third inning, scoring Dugas from second base.
* Roberts had his first career triple in the seventh inning.
* Freshman Taylor Guilbeau pitched a career-high 6.0 innings, allowing no runs, on two hits, while striking out four.
*Freshman Spencer Turnbull threw a scoreless inning in relief against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
*Cary Baxter collected his first career hit and first career RBI in the seventh inning.
* Senior Jared Reaves notches his 24th career double in the seventh inning.
* Senior John Kelton’s first hit of the season is a double in the eighth inning.
* Freshman Ben Moore collects his first career home run, a three-run shot to left field in the UA eighth.
* The 14 runs scored by the Crimson Tide in today’s game are the most scored since posting 15 runs against Stony Brook on March 12, 2010.
* The eight runs scored in the eighth inning of today’s game are the most runs scored since scoring eight against Mississippi State on April 25, 2010.
* Today’s game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff marks the highest scoring game for the Crimson Tide this baseball season.
* Today’s game marks Junior Kenny Robert’s second straight 3-RBI game of the season
* Dugas was 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to eight games (last four games from 2011 and first four in 2012).
* Dugas has now reached base in his last 16 games (12 from 2011 and four in 2012).