March 14, 2012
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
“In the ninth inning we had some good fortune. The inning started out with two really good at-bats by Brett Booth and Jon Kelton and before you know it, you have a shot to win it. We had some good fortune and some good at-bats with guys really making it happen. The game got away from us early with them scoring three in the first, but I thought our bullpen did a really good job, and Chazz Otwell and Jay Shaw did a really good job at keeping us in the game. That is a really good Samford team. We saw a lot of good arms tonight from them and they are very physical offensively. Being able to spring back-to-back wins these last two nights was really good for us. It was really what we needed to get some momentum to move into Arkansas this weekend.”
On what a win like this does:
“For this team it does a lot. We have certainly had our misfortunes as we have gone through and some poor play. I think that the energy to take this and travel tomorrow, to have a feel good. It also gives you that win that you can kind of say you took the game late. I think that this team continued to work hard and continued to play throughout nine innings. Even though it has not been real pretty along the way I think that they will continue to get better because they are grinders, they keep fighting and keep battling, I think that we will win more games like we did tonight.”
On SEC play:
“Obviously starting out with the team that is picked to win the western division, they have tremendous arms. We are going to see two first rounder’s this weekend in DJ Baxendale and Ryne Stanek and another first rounder that closes for them potentially. We will have to play extremely well and we will have to swing the bat. We have not found anything offensively to get going. The one thing is that you keep going day to day and you hope to put yourself in position late in the game to win. The offensive is going to have come alive. We are in a similar spot as last year; in the Saturday game against Ole Miss we got going and found some momentum offensively that carried us for about a month. This team has not busted out offensively and I think that the potential is still there. This will be a tough weekend to do it so you will have to see great arms, but at the same time we will have to continue to fight and continue to get better.”
ALABAMA PLAYER QUOTES
#1, Taylor Dugas, Center Field
On the win:
“I don’t really care how it looks as long as it is a W. We didn’t really swing it very well all game, but our team stayed the course throughout the game and continued to battle. In the last inning, we just tried to get the next guy up and Ben Moore battling with two strikes and Andrew Miller had a great slide at the plate. It was a good win.”
On going into Arkansas:
“This is a big one because we were down 5-1 in the ninth inning and we came back to win. Right before we go to Arkansas, which is a tough environment to play in. With them being number five in the country and because of their really good pitching staff, we needed this momentum going into it. I think that we are ready to go this weekend.”
#7, Ben Moore, Catcher
On the last at bat:
“I knew one thing, I knew that I was not going to strikeout, that was not an option. I was just going up there and was going to put the ball in play and make something happen. Battle was the biggest thing going through my mind, battle.”
On the ninth inning dugout atmosphere:
“Coming in we were up, and then Brett Booth led off with that hit that is when the energy really started going. From then on there was a lot of energy in the dugout. After Kelton had that hit, I knew that I was going to have a chance to hit and maybe win the game.”
On being the first to have a come from behind win:
“It feels great; it was definitely something we needed for this team. It was good.”
POST GAME NOTES:
*Taylor Dugas was hit by a pitch twice in the game to give him 28 for his career, which ranks ninth all time at Alabama, one behind teammate Jon Kelton.
*With a 1-for-3 in the game to increase his hitting streak to 10 games, to tie Jared Reaves for the team-high this season.
*Dugas has reached base in all 17 games this season and has now reached base in 29 straight games dating back to last season.
*Allen Dye made his first career start tonight at third base
*Adam Windsor pitched a season-high 2.1 innings, striking out three, while allowing two hits and one earned run
*Jay Shaw pitched a season-high 1.2 innings and with a walk and a strikeout and did not allowing a hit or a run
*AJ Cole reached base for the first time in his career with a walk and later scored his first run of his career.
*Chazz Otwell earned his first career win striking out two, allowing one run on three hits.