March 30, 2011
Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
“The story of the night was Adam Windsor. He actually had a broken finger and that was his first time back. In the last three weeks, he hasn’t really picked up a ball. That was really good to see because not only did he pitch well, but it gives us another left-hander in the bullpen, which we’ve been searching for outside of Jonathan Smart. That was the story of tonight, but hopefully as we move forward as well. One thing that’s encouraging, that this team has been able to do, is find ways to win games. Midweek games can get tough at times, but I thought we battled and we did a good job in the ninth inning. Good to get the win tonight and get the good feel as you move forward into the weekend against Arkansas.”
On the game-winning sequence:
“Dugas again had another big walk, stole second base and then they had a bunt-play defense on and we decided to let (Brock Bennett) swing and he found the hole and we won the game.”
On senior catcher Brock Bennett being a spark for the team:
“One thing about Brock is he’s catching almost every game for us. He’s about 175 pounds, but he’s such a well-conditioned athlete, he really works at it. He’s one of the guys here every morning working out. He takes a lot of pride in catching, he takes a lot of pride in his overall game. He’s done this for two years: he delivers big hits when we need them and does a great job behind the plate. One thing he really does, that goes unnoticed, is so many foul-tip strikes that he catches. That’s something as a coach you appreciate because you see enough of those where they don’t hang on and that leads to more pitches, more at-bats. He’s just a really good all-around player for us.”
#41 Brock Bennett, C
On the game-winning hit:
“It feels good, but in that situation I’m confident in Reaves, Smith and Rosecrans behind me. Dugas made a nice play to be able to read (their defense) crashing, and I was able to find the right hole at the right spot. It’s a nice feeling to get out of here with the win.”
On another late-inning, walk-off win for the Tide:
“In these games a win is a win, it doesn’t matter how it looks. You just want to come out on top.”
On avenging the loss to USA earlier in the year:
“We talked about it a little bit. After last night’s loss we talked about how we need to get them back for last time, but that was about it.”
#1 Taylor Dugas, CF
On the career-high four walks:
“I was seeing the ball pretty well and it was a good night. A good night to get a win. ”
On the walk-off victory:
“It’s pretty good. Brock did his job right there and we executed like we needed to and everything worked out for us.”
On having Bennett hit behind him:
“Brock is a good bunter. With the new bat change, bunting is a lot more important in getting as many runs as you can. We’ve been executing it pretty well all year and Brock is doing his job pretty consistently.”
* Junior center fielder Taylor Dugas reached base in each of his five plate appearances, finishing the day 1-for-1 with a double, four walks, three runs scored and a stolen base. The four walks are a career-high for Dugas, who also scored the game-winning run. Dugas also notched his team-leading 10th double of the season.
* Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Wolfe threw 6.0 innings on Wednesday vs. South Alabama, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out eight batters. Wolfe now has 34 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched this season.
* Sophomore left-handed pitcher Adam Windsor earned his first victory of the season and second of his career, throwing a career-high 3.0 innings in relief of Wolfe. Windsor had pitched a total of 3.0 innings in two prior appearances this year.
* Senior catcher Brock Bennett finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBI, including the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth. It is the first walk-off hit and the third game-winning hit of Bennett’s career.
* The walk-off win vs. South Alabama marks the fourth time Alabama has done so this season. The Crimson Tide’s previous walk-off victories came against Kentucky, Eastern Illinois and Troy.
* Alabama is now 17-1 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium following its victory over South Alabama. The Tide’s lone loss came on March 2 vs. the No. 20 Southern Mississippi Eagles.