Alabama-No. 20 Louisville Quotes and Notes



March 10, 2012

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement:
“The biggest thing tonight is I thought we competed. We just stayed after it for nine innings. With three freshmen that pitched, obviously they managed their way through the nine innings and made some critical pitches when they had to. Offensively when you are getting ahead it creates energy and that kept us going in the game. Even when it got tough we kept fighting. Our team needed this win and it was good to see. We’ve been struggling and been in a funk since the front of the season. It was to win a game like we did tonight against a quality opponent.”

On getting his money’s worth with a good run tonight:
“It’s part of baseball. We have our viewpoint and they have theirs. From his side he felt like he didn’t tag him and on my end I felt like we saw a tag. I trust our player on that as well. It gave some energy to the crowd and we needed it. We needed that energy to keep going. We’ll see tomorrow and as we go forward how much this will continue to build. We just have to find the pieces to get it right to get going.”

On the three errors tonight:
“It wasn’t that we played that well tonight. Obviously, we had a couple of errors and a couple of situations we should have turned some double plays. The biggest thing tonight was that we won. We competed. We needed a win for the psyche of the team. Now it’s whether we can carry this on into tomorrow.”
Alabama Player Quotes
# 10 Jon Kelton, DH
On the win:
“It was a huge win. We joke all the time and say that winning cures a lot. It really does. We are a momentum team and I’m just glad to be able to come through at the end.”

On what they battled as a team to get through this one tonight:
“In my several years here, when things aren’t going well and you aren’t winning, it seems like every break can go the other way. This team really battled. Early on when I didn’t execute, someone came up behind me and got the job done. That’s a team.”

#20 Taylor Guilbeau, LHP
On the win tonight:
“It was a big win. We’ve been struggling for the past couple of games and we finally came around. The bats came around really good and we had three good pitchers, Jake Hubbard and Justin Kamplain all did really good and did what coach asked us to do.”

*With four at-bats today, Taylor Dugas moved into 10th position on the all-time at-bats list with 770, passing Evan Bush.
*With two hits today, Dugas passed Josh Rutledge placing him sixth all-time at Alabama with 281 career hits.
*Dugas was 2-for-4, making today his 91st career multi-hit game.
*Ben Moore was 2-for-3, adding his fourth double of the season and scoring two runs with one RBI.
*Kenny Roberts went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
*Dugas moved into a tie for ninth all-time on the career hit by pitch list with Kent Matthes with 26 HBP’s.
*Taylor Guilbeau pitched six innings allowing only two earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.
*Hunter Gregory was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, which was the game-winning run.
*All six of Alabama’s RBI’s on the day were by six different players.
*Jake Hubbard was the winning pitcher for the night, throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the second victory of his UA career.
*The three HBP’s were a season-high for Alabama. (Dugas, Austen Smith and Brett Booth)
*The 7-6 victory over No. 20 Louisville marked the Tide’s first win over a ranked opponent this season.