Quotes and Notes - Tennessee Game 2



March 16, 2013

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement:
“I felt like tonight we played really hard and with a lot of energy. However, in the end we had too many mistakes and gave up some freebees by walking a few guys and gave up too many runs in the game, by throwing a few balls away allowing them to stretch their lead. Our guys did a good job of coming back in the end and making the game competitive and giving us a chance, but overall we played extremely hard and just made too many mistakes. A big part of their offense are walks and getting lead offs on so they can get the run game going.”

Thoughts on the defensive breakdowns in the 6th inning
“It was just sloppy. I didn’t’ think they were major breakdowns, we were just sloppy with the baseball. You got to handle the baseball and not be sloppy, particularly in a SEC game; you’re going get burned like we did tonight.”

Thoughts on the good offensive innings of the 5th and the 8th
“I thought we just stayed aggressive and that is the one thing that I think is encouraging. Our offense over the last two days has been really good, with 11 hits last night and 12 tonight. It was a really good sign to come back and run up the three spot after they get two in the eighth. This team fights and plays with a lot of energy and I thought that they stayed aggressive all night and really played all the way down to the last pitch. Our thing right now is to just play clean and for the most part when you’re not as clean like tonight and get a little sloppy then it provides opportunities for your opponent.” 

#2 Andrew Miller, OF
On tonight’s game
“It is always tough to lose in the SEC. Our team played together and we played hard. I feel like if we play like this the rest of the year, we will be fine, but it is always tough to lose a game in the SEC.”

On getting behind and feeling ever out of the game:
“Our team never thinks we are out of a game. We fight hard and that’s what coach preaches every day; don’t stop fighting because it’s a nine-inning game so we should finish out our nine innings the best that we can and as hard as we can and we will be fine.”

On the defensive mistakes in the game
“We can’t make mental mistakes like we did tonight. We have to play a game with no errors and we have to play a cleaner game. I feel like we played hard and either way, coach says to go hard every day and if you make a mistake to make it but go hard. If we just clean up the little things then we will be alright.”

Postgame Notes
*Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore finished Saturday’s game 2-for-5, notching his seventh multi-hit game of the season and 24th of his career.
*Following his stolen base in the fifth inning, Moore paces the Tide with nine stolen bases and is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.
*Senior catcher Brett Booth caught a runner stealing tonight to bring the total to 14 this season, tops in the SEC.
*Senior designated hitter Cameron Carlisle put up a two-hit performance Saturday night to give him his first multi-hit game of the year and the fifth of his career.
*Andrew Miller hit a double in the bottom of the third, his first of the season allowing him to record his first multi-hit game of the year making it the 23rd of his career, he would finish the night going 3-for-4.
*Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem’s RBI single in the bottom of the third, paired with his second double of the season gave him his fifth multi-hit game of the season.
*Junior first baseman Austen Smith recorded 12 putouts against the Vols on Saturday, placing him at eighth among Alabama’s all-time career leaders with 833, ahead Kody Valverde.
*Smith’s RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, coupled with his earlier single, gave him three total bases for the game, a new season-high.
*Smith also recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season and the 29th of his career.
*Sophomore lefty Justin Kamplain entered the game in the top of the seventh inning, and now leads the team with nine appearances this season.
*After tonight’s result, the Tide has won 70 of 104 games over Tennessee.