Feb. 26, 2013
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
“I thought it was a real battle tonight. Samford was dynamite. The first four or five innings I thought [Taylor] Guilbeau threw the ball really well, but they did a good job of staying on some pitches and driving the ball the other way. I thought the key to the game was that we hung in there. Mikey White’s backhand play was really big to keep the game at 3-0. The front part of the game we actually had better swings than we did later in the game when we hit some balls and scored some runs. I thought our team hung in there and kept the game within striking distance and was solid defensively. We had a big inning in the fifth inning when we took the lead and just hung on from there.”
Thoughts on Mitch Greer’s performance
“He is a guy we like and were just waiting for the right moment to break him in. The one thing about him is that he is very aggressive; he is in attack mode when he gets on the mound and that’s what he did tonight. His fast ball is going to be in the low 90’s and he has a slider that is developing. What I like about him is that he really attacks the strike zone and has no fear. He really lifts the team when he gets in there because he is an excitable guy and kind of has that closer mentality. I thought when he came in that he lifted our team at that point. He is going to be a guy whose role will increase as the season moves forward.”
Thoughts on Justin Kamplain after the home run
“I thought [Justin Kamplain] did a nice job. With the exception of the home run, he made a lot of quality pitches and worked ahead in the count. I think that is the difference Kamplain has this year versus last year, is a lot of strike ones and command of all three pitches. He has been really good to back the game for us.”
Thoughts on the beginning starting slow
“It just carried on for about four innings. Samford is always a tough challenge when you play them. The first four innings I think we squared up eight balls and nothing gets down and then all of a sudden we get a blooper and an error and another bleeder drives in and all of a sudden we have four runs. The game pays you back if you just keep grinding and keep getting good at bats.”
Alabama Player Quotes
#1, Mikey White, SS
Thoughts the come from behind win
“In BP we are just working up the middle and working on our approach and in the games when we work with that approach we have a lot of quality at bats. When you put those things together that’s when we have big innings like that. We had a quality at bats the whole game but they started falling in the fifth inning and that’s when we started getting runs.”
Thoughts on pitching
“[Taylor] Guilbeau was throwing great pitches and hitting the spots but the umpire just wasn’t giving him the lower part of the strike zone. When Mitch [Greer] came in there he just attacked them, he is the guy who comes in there and shuts the door when you need him. [Justin] Kamplain comes in there and works for ground balls and try to make plays behind him.”
#33, Mitch Greer, P
Thoughts on the wins gravity
“It is great to have home win, coming off of a loss on Sunday and then having a lot of energy. Hopefully it can carry over from this victory.”
Thoughts on his first win
“It feels great. I never thought it would happen like that but it feels great to get it out of the way and improve from there. It means a lot, everyone has worked hard. We always talk about the process. We just have to continue doing what we are doing and get the job done.”
POST GAME NOTES:
* With four strikeouts against Samford, starting pitcher Taylor Guilbeau now has 50 strikeouts in his career.
* With tonight’s win, Alabama moves to 7-1 for the season and 90-15 against Samford all-time.
* With two RBI against Samford, freshman Kyle Overstreet notched his second career multi-RBI performance of the season.
* Freshman Mikey White led the Tide at the plate, with two runs on three hits. It was White’s second multi-hit performance of the season.
* Freshman pitcher Mitch Greer recorded his first collegiate win in tonight’s game.
* Greer had a career high four strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work.
* Austen Smith recorded his second multi-hit game of the year, and in as many games with a 2-for-3 performance against Samford.
* With his second save of the season, Justin Kamplain tied Jake Hubbard for the team lead with two saves.
* The eighth inning home run by Samford’s Christiaan Durfdallar was the first home run given up by the Tide this season.
* After an 0-for-2 night at the plate, freshman leadoff hitter Georgie Salem had his six-game hitting streak snapped.