Quotes and Notes - Jacksonville State



March 20, 2013

Box Score

HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement:
“We didn’t get a great start to get things going on the mound for us.  I thought our bullpen did a really nice job from Jake Hubbard, to Jay (Shaw) and to Justin (Kamplain) and then Ray Castillo to keep the game where it was.  Really, for the fourth game in a row we did a nice job offensively.  Every time they scored we had the ability to answer in the front part of the game.  We had good offensive pressure throughout. That was really the story of the game. Once we got the lead there the bullpen did a nice job to hold the game right there toward the end.”

Thoughts on turning double plays
“We’ve done a good job with that as well.  I think we’re up to 23 or 24 double plays now as a team. That’s good when you can turn double plays and get out of innings and cut the inning short.  That’s what the pitcher has to do, he’s trying to induce the groundball and let those guys play.  It’s a big factor in the ball game.”

Thoughts on Austen Smith’s extra-run
“That’s big.  It was a big difference in the game, obviously it being a one-run ball game.  Smitty (Austen Smith) had three hits and had a good day.  It was good to see him swing the bat well.”

#5 Brett Booth, C
Thoughts on how the offense has been clicking
“I think it has started early. We got a good rhythm.  Once you get started it’s contagious and everyone keeps hitting throughout the game.”

Thoughts on the last five games of excellent hitting
“Confidence gets it flowing and everyone feeds off of everybody else.  One guys feeling good, the next guy behind him just feeds off him which gets the entire dugout full of confidence.”

On the game slowing down after the fourth inning
“I think we had a bad start.  The starting pitcher came out, wild, walking people and throwing a ton of balls. You got to have a better start than that. Taylor (Guilbeau) knows that. After that you can see pitchers come in and pound the strike zone and throw a lot of strikes.  It really slows the game down and puts everyone in a good rhythm.”

Post game notes:
*Senior catcher Brett Booth broke his career high hit streak with two hits tonight, extending it to a team-leading nine consecutive games and marking his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
*Booth caught Jacksonville State’s Adam Miller stealing in the sixth inning, bringing his season total to an SEC-best 17.
*Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem also continued his hitting streak with a 2-for-4 performance, making it seven games straight, as well as his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
*Senior third baseman Kenny Roberts recorded two singles on the night, making it his fifth multi-hit game of the season.
*Junior first baseman Austen Smith recorded his fourth double of the season and added two singles to get his seventh multi-hit game of the season.  Smith has six hits in the last two games.
*Senior left fielder Andrew Miller and Smith both recorded their first stolen bases of the season.
*Sophomore righty Jake Hubbard tied his career-high in strikeouts, striking out three of the 11 batters he faced.
 *Sophomore right-hander Jay Shaw recorded his first strikeout of the season after striking out two in 1.2 innings of relief in the fifth and sixth.
*The Tide has recorded at least 10 hits in each of the last five games.