Alabama-Northwestern State Postgame Quotes and Notes



March 4, 2011

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Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement:
"I think for the majority of the game tonight you saw a struggling team, who had lost their last four games and had lost some confidence. The biggest thing tonight was that Adam came back after their big inning and gave us some zeros. Same thing happened with (Brett) Whitaker, he came out and couldn't find the zone but eventually he really got going. Although it was a sloppy game, it was great to win. Sometimes you just have to find a way to win one, when you get going the other direction. Tonight, our team was really in need of a win, and we found a way to do it. We were pretty good offensively at the front of the game and got a little help along the way as well. The biggest thing was that we won the game and got an opportunity to move to the next day with a little confidence. That confidence should be something we can build on throughout the weekend."

On the bullpen's success:
"Good to see. It has been a battle in the pen during the last three or four games. Whitaker is a guy we are really going to need, he has got a really good slider and his fastball is close to 90 miles per hour. However, he has had some low confidence of late, so our plan was just to ride him and get him going. His last couple of innings he sharpened it up and threw some really good pitches."

On playing against the team he used to coach:
"It certainly was a little weird; I spent a total of eight years with those guys, two as an assistant and six as the head coach there. I have a lot of respect for those guys because I know how difficult it is there. It's a battle in a lot of ways. They had a really good club last year, lost quite a few players. That pitcher they put out there (Luke Irvine) was a pretty good draft pick last year and he came back to school. He's probably one of the better guys that we have seen all year."

#1 Taylor Dugas, CF
On the win:
"After losing four in a row, we needed that win tonight. A lot of our guys stuck with it tonight and we played the full game and came out on top. The pitcher did well tonight and I got some fastballs that he left a little over the plate and just hit them. Their pitcher wasn't bad but we competed tonight."

On drawing the RBI walk in the eighth:
"We've got some pretty good scouting reports and I saw that he was a little erratic in warmups, so I went out there patient and made him put them in the zone, and he just couldn't find it."

* Alabama snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory Friday night bringing their record to 5-4 on the season.  Northwestern State (4-6) dropped their fourth consecutive game since an 8-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin.
* Mitch Gaspard earned his first win at Alabama against his former team. Gaspard coached at Northwestern State University where he was an assistant for two years and the head coach for six. He sported a 210-138 (.603) record as a head coach at NWSU while making it to an NCAA Regional and winning two SLC championships as well.
* Volunteer assistant coach Bobby Barbier and athletic trainer Joe Hoffer also have ties to the Demons. Barbier was an assitant coach and also a player on Gaspard's team at NWSU. Hoffer was a member of the team's training staff.
* Taylor Dugas pushed his hit streak to five games with a double to right field to lead off the game offensively for Alabama. Dugas went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs and an RBI for the night.
* Dugas scored on sac fly by Jared Reaves in the bottom of the first. He has scored in all nine of Alabama's games this season and has reached base and scored in the first inning of four of the six games at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
* Jared Reaves added two more RBI on sacrifice flies to his team-leading RBI total, raising his tally to 16 so far in 2011. Josh Rosecrans is second on the team with six.
* Brett Whitaker (1-0) won his first game of the season in his fourth appearance. He threw 2.1 hitless innings in relief of Adam Morgan and watched the Tide rally from a two-run deficit.