April 5, 2011
Recap | Box Score
Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
"Offensively, tonight was disappointing. The top of our order just has to hit. Those guys have been really good all year long, but the last three games, I think we are 1-for-27. So we have to get those guys going, and we have a couple of days to do that. For this team to win, it has to play with good energy, it has to play with good effort, and we have to compete like crazy. We didn't do a real good job of that tonight. When we don't do that, it is going to be real hard for us to win. We have to get back to work, get back to grinding, and get back to knowing who we are. From the pitching side, I thought overall we did a pretty nice job. It was a Tuesday game and we threw a lot of different guys. We have got to be able to score more than two runs on a Tuesday, we have to get up to more like five runs to be competitive."
On the Vanderbilt series this weekend:
"We're about to see three arms that are first and second-round caliber guys, not to mention some talented bullpen guys. It comes down for us to competing. Really getting after it and staying with our identity and who we are as a team. It doesn't matter if it's Tuesday or any other day of the week, we have to work for our runs and we have to grind them out. I feel like our pitching and our defense will hold up and keep us in position. Tonight we didn't do that, and we are obviously going to have to do that this weekend to win ballgames. You are seeing the No. 1 team in the nation, and certainly the No. 1 pitching staff in America."
On how much it hurts to lose a midweek game before a big series:
"It's disappointing, because you want to try to get that momentum going into the weekend. I think right now the big thing for us is to get back to work tomorrow and Thursday and get some offensive rhythm going. We've played a lot of games in a pretty short period of time, and you can see a little decline, even from Saturday to today, in our offense. We just have to get them back going. It comes down to timely hits. We have got to get them out there more often and pressure the defense more in the upcoming games."
* Taylor Dugas hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning. The junior center fielder now has seven career home runs, and the three so far this season have him tied with designated hitter Josh Rosecrans for the team lead.
* Brett Booth had a solid game offensively for Alabama, hitting 1-for-2 on the evening and scoring on Dugas' home run. Booth's hit was just one of three for Alabama, equaling the Tide's season-low set just last Sunday.
* Case Nixon made his second appearance on the mound for the season after returning from elbow surgery a year ago.
* The Samford win was just the Bulldogs' 15th in 101 tries against Alabama, but the Bulldogs have won six of the last 10 and four straight. Alabama won 82 of the first 91 contests before the Bulldogs started to close the gap.