Alabama-South Alabama Postgame Quotes and Notes



Feb. 26, 2011

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Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement:
"I thought we really competed, especially in the back end of the game. Third base coach Bobby Barbie did a great job to send the guy to keep the pressure on, and Bennett made a great slide at the plate to give us the lead. It was a great inning on our part to get the momentum and take the lead. But like we say all along, we have to come in and throw strikes, particularly at the back end of the game. The two breakdowns today are what we talk about every day: throwing strikes and being able to execute our PFP's. Today we competed hard and had a much better offensive approach. There were some good things that happened today, but ultimately it comes down to winning the game. We have to finish and that's what we didn't do today."

On having Dugas up in the ninth inning:
"He's our guy and the game tailed to him and a he hit the ball right on the screws. We were down to the last strike, you can't give in and you have to keep fighting on every pitch. The game isn't over until the last out is recorded. For us, today was about finishing. I thought we had some good things happen throughout the game, but it's all about winning."

On Jared Reaves performance this season:
"He's been real solid for us so far on both sides of the ball he's defending the field well and he's hitting well for us. He's got a flat stroke, he really understands the strike zone, and he's a guy that's not afraid to hit with two strikes. Much like Taylor (Dugas), he's very competitive with two strikes and he uses the whole field. You look and any hitter that hits for a high average, that's what he's going to do. They take what you give them every at-bat."

* Jared Reaves homered in the fourth inning, his first in a Crimson Tide uniform.
*  Reaves posted his fifth multi-hit (3-for-5) game of the season and drove in a season-high five runs, tying Austen Smith for the most RBI in a game (Alabama State) by an Alabama player this season.
*  Following the loss to South Alabama, the Tide is now 53-48 all-time versus the Jaguars.
Taylor Dugas was 2-for-6 for his second multi-hit game in as many days, and doubled twice in the game. He has four hits in the tournament; three doubles and a triple.
*  In his second appearance of the season, Adam Windsor provided 2.0 scoreless innings in relief of starting pitcher Nathan Kilcrease. Windsor did not allow a hit but gave up two walks.