Alabama - Mississippi Notes and Quotes



March 25, 2012

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COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement
"I thought today we had another really good start from Jon Keller and he certainly put us in position to win the game. Ole Miss did a really good job late in the game and we just couldn't hold it down in the bullpen today. Offensively, we certainly have to be better than we were today. I thought when we had the few opportunities that we did, we got a couple of big hits and put ourselves in a good spot. Offensively, we've got to be able to pressure the defense, more than a couple of times throughout the ballgame."

On Ole Miss' sacrifice fly scoring two runners:
"I've seen it before but not often. I kind of figured on the ball right there; they had a pretty good runner at second base. With the way Taylor caught the ball running backwards it was going to be a tough play for us. That really was the one that kind of got their momentum going and kind of broke our back."

On the feeling of unraveling today:
"It was tough. It seems like we've had two or three of those opportunities now to where we could really build on the momentum from the day before and we just haven't been able to finish them. It was tough, but as I told the team today, we've got have reality right now. There's an awful lot of young guys. All freshmen pitched yesterday and today and they are improving. It's not what folks want to hear right now. You want to win games, but we will win games if they continue to improve the way they are right now."

#9, Jared Reaves, SS.
On if it's difficult to have the game unravel at the end:
"It's just kind of how it seems to be right now. I thought offensively we were good. Defensively, we were good and the pitching has been great the past two days. It's unfortunate to have that happen, but that's baseball."

On if it's unnerving to get the spark and then regress:
"Coming out after last night with (Brett) Booth and his walk-off and then today you have the lead and all of a sudden in one inning they put a four-spot, that's just how it is. As soon as you get that spark where you think you're fixing to go, you step back again. It's a little frustrating."

On if Ole Miss' sacrifice fly was a momentum changer:
"(Taylor) Dugas caught that ball right at the wall and he was still going back. We relayed; it was close. But any time they get two (runs) off of a sacrifice fly, that's kind of heart-breaking."

*Freshman LHP Jon Keller recorded the longest outing of his UA career, pitching 6.2 innings while allowing two runs on nine hits. Keller struck out a career-high six batters.
* With a base hit in the fifth inning, senior Taylor Dugas has now reached base in all 24 games this season and extended his streak to 36 consecutive games dating back to last year.
*Scoring a run in the fifth inning, Dugas passed Joe Caruso for fifth-all time at Alabama, scoring his 207th run.
*Dugas also recorded his 11th RBI of the season, bringing his career total to 108.
*Jared Reaves tied his season-high with two RBIs. It was Reaves' fourth multi-RBI game of the season and 18th of his career.
*Reaves also led Alabama with two hits on Sunday, notching his seventh multi-hit game of the season and 36th of his career.
*Senior Hunter Gregory recorded his third sacrifice hit of the season.