March 13, 2012
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
"Obviously, this is a good win against a good, quality opponent in Southern Miss. As far as pitching goes, Justin Kamplain gave us a good solid start and Cary Baxter's first time on the mound did a decent job as well. The story was Ian Gardeck, we have been working on a lot of things with him, trying to get more strikes out of him with the two pitches, fastball and slider. Tonight he was good. This is what we were trying to do tonight and tomorrow, is be able to build the pitching staff from a six-man staff to eight or nine-man staff by guys pitching well. Gardeck was the guy tonight to add his name to the list that are able to go out there and be effective and get outs. Without question on the offensive end, Josh Rosecrans was big and really squared up both of those balls that he hit. When you drive a couple out of the park, and you have guys on base, that is the story of the game."
On Gardeck before tonight's game:
"He was really fine off of the ball, he was fine at Tulane. He was spiking his slider so we took a step back and didn't pitch him over the weekend. We threw a good solid pen over the weekend for him and Dax Norris has done a really good job with him. The key for us is moving onto this weekend. We have kind of targeted that the whole way. It's part of the tough schedule and all but we know Gardeck is a guy that we have got to have for us to get where we want to go. It was great to see him have a good outing."
On the offense:
"Rosecrans was good. I thought that throughout the lineup there is still a lot to be desired. We had a little flurry tonight which is good, but I still think that there is more in there. When you leave the yard a couple of times it looks even better. Rosecrans is very capable of that, we have been waiting on that for a while, it would be nice for him to get hot and get going."
Alabama Player Quotes
#55, Ian Gardeck, Pitcher
On the team:
"This team came out and pitched their tails off tonight. Kamplain gave us a good start and Baxter gave us a good inning. We came out and really focused on pounding the strike zone. It was a little personal after they put it on us at their home place. We wanted to come back and show them that we were better than that."
On coming back after a week:
"It was great getting back out there. I was ready and waiting for the opportunity to get back out there and strike when it came and it was good to get that under my belt. The first win is great and it is always nice, but I am not in that position unless the guys come up big at the plate. I'm fortunate that they did. I continued to battle for them and they came up big and got us the W."
#6, Josh Rosecrans, Designated Hitter
On general thoughts on the game:
"We had a great start from Kamplain and the team played well as a whole. We got on them early in the first and that is always good. In the back game, Gardeck came in and shut the door. You can't ask for much more."
On getting off to a good start:
"It is huge. Southern Miss is a great team and they are going to come in here pumped up, just like we are, but when we get on them early like that it is kind of just like a first punch, that is always a good thing to do."
POST GAME NOTES:
*Taylor Dugas had his team-leading sixth double of the season, giving him 61 for his career to tieJoe Caruso for sixth all-time at Alabama. He needs two doubles to tie Andy Phillips and Brent Boyd for second all-time and three to match Dave Magadan's school record of 64.
*With three at-bats tonight, Dugas moved into the eighth place for career at-bats with 777, passing Sam Bozanich
*Dugas advances his hitting streak to a season-long nine games.
*Dugas has reached base in all 16 games this season and has now reached base in 28 straight games dating back to last season.
*Ben Moore started today at right field for the second time this season, after starting 12 consecutive games at catcher
*In his first start this season, James Tullidge was 1-for-3 with a go ahead RBI single in the seventh inning. It's his first RBI of the season and eighth of his career.
*Josh Rosecrans had a pair of two-run home runs in the game, becoming the first player since Jake Smith (Samford, May 12, 2010) to hit two home runs in a single game.
*Rosecrans' first inning home run was the first for Alabama in 11 games.
*Cary Baxter made his first career appearance as a pitcher. He threw 1.2 innings, allowing three hits with one strikeout.
*Ian Gardeck pitched a career-high 2.1 innings, striking out four batters and only allowing one hit with no runs
*Jon Kelton was hit by two pitches tonight to put him at 29 for his career. This moves him into seventh all-time at Alabama, passing Sam Bozanich