Alabama - East Carolina Notes and Quotes



March 9, 2012

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement:
“I thought Charley Sullivan did a super job. He pitched a strong eight innings, and he gave us an opportunity to win. Offensively it’s been a struggle. I thought that as a whole, the positive tonight is that we had good energy. We played the game hard, and got after it. The left-hander for them [East Carolina] is good. He was your typical Friday night starter, and he didn’t give us a whole lot of opportunities.  Overall, I thought we put ourselves in a spot to win. The key right now is continuing to perform on the mound, playing defense and getting some rhythm in our offense. We need to get them to start swinging the bats, and then I think we’ll be in a position to be successful.”

On Charley Sullivan’s performance:
“I thought he was tremendous tonight. When they scored those three runs we had an opportunity to make a play there and didn’t. Overall, he [Charley Sullivan] bounced right back from that and threw up zeros the rest of the way. I was really proud of his effort tonight, he’s getting better and better each week.”

On the hitting performance tonight:
“We had a little bit of bad luck. I thought the hit-and-run in the fifth inning with Jared Reaves was really set up well. That was the difference between getting the inning going and really making something happen and the game really being a crusher. But even with that, I thought that our at-bats showed a little more competitive fire tonight. I think that if we continue to do that we’ll turn the worm, and things will start coming back in our favor.”

On any potential lineup changes for tomorrow’s game:
“Tomorrow they’re going to throw a right-hander, so yes. Tonight was a left-handed pitcher night against us, so we’ll make a few changes in the lineup tomorrow. I’d like to get a few more left-handed hitters in there.  But regardless of that, it will all come down to being productive one-through-nine, and getting those at-bats.”

On what can be done to get those crucial at-bats before tomorrow’s game:
“Right now what it comes down to is mentality.  Like I said earlier, I think we’ve just got to keep getting some runners out there and someone has to deliver that big blow.”

Alabama Player Quotes
#29 Charley Sullivan, RHP
On tonight’s game:
“I had command of all three pitches, which really kept the pitch count down. In one inning I threw a couple of pitches off, but sometimes that just happens.”

On what happened in the third inning:
“I left the pitching up to the big guy, and he hit a two-run, two-out double.  And then within two pitches another is hit right off second base, but like I said, sometimes it just happens.”

On the difference in pressure between Friday night and Saturday games:
“The atmosphere’s a little different, being under the lights and all, but I just tried to stick with the plan and throw a lot of strikes. There wasn’t much of a change.”

#3 Kenny Roberts, 2B
On the lack of hits tonight:
“We came out with a lot of energy. We knew what we had to do. We just have to come out with a lot of energy and play hard, and I thought we did that. We just didn’t get that big hit. I’m very optimistic that we’re going to turn this thing around and just play our best throughout the year.”

On how Charley Sullivan performed on the mound today:
“He set the tempo. He pounded the strikes zone, and as a defensive player behind him, that’s what you want your pitcher to do. He pounded the zone and he set the tempo, and he got us going.”

* With his 197th career start, senior Taylor Dugas passed G.W. Keller for ninth on the all-time games started list.
* Taylor Dugas hit his fifth double of the season in the bottom of the first inning, putting him one double behind Joe Caruso fourth place with 60 doubles.
* With two hits tonight, Dugas tied Josh Rutledge for sixth all-time at Alabama with 279 career hits.
* Dugas singled in the fifth inning, making today his 90th career multi-hit game.
* Sullivan posted seven scoreless innings in today’s game, with a career high 8.0 total innings pitched, throwing 93 pitches.
* In the bottom of the fourth inning Brett Booth knocked in his team-leading 11th RBI of the season for Alabama’s first run of the game, and added his fourth double of the season in the ninth inning.
* Jon Keller made his sixth appearance of the season, allowing no runs in 1.0 inning of relief with one strikeout.
* With his 2-for-4 performance, junior Kenny Roberts notched his fourth multi-hit game of the season. Roberts also added his second double of the season.
* Today’s game was Alabama’s shortest game of the season clocking in at 2 hours and one minute.