April 2, 2011
Recap | Box Score
Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
“Morgan had a quality start and it’s just been the same formula that it’s been. He took us deep into the game and Smart’s been able to come in and close them out. Offensively, Booth with the two RBI he had were really big to stretch the lead a little bit, and we ran a delay still and as it turns out was the difference in the ballgame. We’re just finding ways to win. As I said yesterday, with every win, the team is getting more and more confident and they’ve got a really good competitive fire in them. They play extremely hard and are fun to watch and fun to coach. They’re just finding a lot of different ways to be successful.”
On the success of the bottom of the order:
“Yeah. I said that to (Hitting Coach) Andy (Phillips) about midway through the game. Last night it was the top and today it was the bottom half of the order. That’s what it takes to win, different guys stepping up in different situations and certainly in the last two weeks we’ve been able to do that. Guys are stepping up in big spots and delivering for us.”
On the team’s early success:
“Baseball is a game of momentum and streaks and those things and right now obviously we’re on a good ride. You try not to think about it so much. You just keep showing up. It’s one thing that makes you a lot more aggressive in situations because mentally we’re a lot more positive in our thoughts, and I think the players are the same way. When you’re scuffling you’re not trusting as much and when you’re playing well you trust every guy on the field and that’s kind of what we have right now. We know when we get in situations we’re going to have guys step up and deliver for us."
#32 Adam Morgan, LHP
“Everybody knew that (Arkansas Starter DJ) Baxendale was a great pitcher. We didn’t panic when I gave up that home run offensively, and he just knew he had to grind it out and get into the bullpen.”
On if there’s extra pressure on the starters knowing they have to go deep in the game:
“No. We just try to outdo each other. It’s the same situation as last year with Jimmy (Nelson) and Peanut (Nathan Kilcrease) and all the other starters. There’s no pressure. I trust our bullpen. (Adam) Windsor hadn’t thrown in three weeks and then comes out in a midweek game and gives us three solid innings. (Jonathan) Smart is coming out here and he’s solid. We know we’ve got some good arms in the bullpen.”
On the support of the bottom of the batting order:
“Our lineup is just awesome all the way through. We battle every time. When the count is 0-2 we don’t panic, just try to take the ball the other way.”
#5 Brett Booth, 3B
On his hits today:
“It feels good just to keep what we’ve got going and just keep competing. That’s how we’re going to be the rest of the year. When you start competing, good things start happening and everything starts to follow through.”
On his big hit with two outs and runners on base:
“Most of our games come down to defense and I knew we had a chance to get a run right there. We had to come up and just compete and battle. Like I said, when you compete good things happen for you."
On Morgan’s performance:
“It was outstanding. Our starting pitchers this year have been setting the tempo for us. When your pitcher gets out there and starts competing, that pretty much sets the tone. Everybody else on the team sees that and it gets kind of addictive because everybody wants to compete just as hard. When you start putting things together, good things start happening.”
* Junior lefty Adam Morgan notched a season-high seven strikeouts, breaking his previous record of six, which he recorded twice, once against Mississippi on March 19 and in the season opener on Feb. 18 against Alcorn State.
* Sophomore Brett Booth tied his career-high with two hits in a game. Booth’s last multi-hit game was March 6 against Northwestern State.
* This was also Booth’s second game of the season with two RBI, the last being Feb. 22 against Alabama State.
* Sophomore outfielder Brandt Hendricks had a career-high two hits. This is the third time Hendricks has had two hits in a game, with the last coming against Kentucky on March 27.
* Alabama has now won seven straight SEC games after losing its SEC-opening game to Mississippi on March 18.
* Alabama improves to 19-1 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium this season and has won 15 straight games at home. The last loss at home came against Southern Mississippi on March 2, 2011.