Alabama - Arkansas Game Three Quotes and Notes



April 6, 2013

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
On if it was the biggest win of the season 
“Well it’s a big win, no question. To beat an opponent like Arkansas, who is one of the elite teams in our league, I think that win does a lot for our team and our confidence moving forward. To come out, particularly after the first two games where Arkansas was pretty dominant against us, and play the way that we did, I thought it was one of our better games this year. Obviously, it started on the mound with Spencer Turnbull, who was dynamite all day. [Brett] Booth got the offense going with his solo homer, but I thought we played well today.”

Reaction in the dugout to Booth’s solo home run
“I think it was one of those things that lifts that burden off of your back. As much as they dominated us from the pitching side in the first two games, it was nice to see Brett get us going. From there, I thought we started getting some good swings on some pitches and played well. We put a lot of pressure on them and as you could see, their infield made some mistakes there and helped us, but I think a lot of that was due to our offensive pressure.”

On how much Andrew Miller helped with his pinch hit double
“We’ve been playing the righty-lefty matchups and Miller did a really good job today coming off the bench. He hit the double, then had a great 10 pitch at-bat where he singled in the four hole. He certainly did his job today.”

Impressions of the offense today
“We got in to a rhythm today and I think that was the biggest thing. The first two games it was tough and their arms are going to put a lot of offenses in a funk, but today we were able to get some pitches to hit and we handled them well, hit some balls hard, and put some pressure on their defense while putting some good at-bats together.”

#7 Brett Booth, C
Thoughts on his home run and getting an early run
“We knew with a team like this, a team with a good bullpen, that you have to get on the board early. We knew we had to get on top of them and keep them from getting in a rhythm and getting to their bullpen. The pitch was a cutter on the inside and I put a good swing on it. With the wind blowing in, I didn’t know if it was going to get out, but once it started going I had a good idea.”

Thoughts on how big it was to take an early lead
“That was big. We said we wanted to get off to a good start and when you can do that against a team like Arkansas, it’s big. It’s big to get that momentum and get it on our side.”

Thoughts on if it was the most solid game of the year
“I think the way we’ve played over the last three weeks, we’ve been playing some good baseball. Today, we threw the ball well, swung the bats, and played good defense. That’s what you have to do, especially in this league.”

#32 Spencer Turnbull, RHP
On how big a win was today
“I think it was huge. We had to get a win today. It’s completely different being 8-4 and 7-5 and getting the win today was huge. The defense was great behind me, continuing to make plays. I didn’t really have a slider at all today, but I was able to keep them off balance enough where they couldn’t just sit on my fastball and it worked out pretty good.”

On the importance of early runs
“I was confident today that if we could get at least two, that we could win. It’s hard to shut out a team completely, but with Booth getting us started early, it was huge a huge life for us early.”

Post-game notes:
*Sophomore righty Spencer Turnbull now has 29.2 scoreless innings pitched in a row after pitching seven scoreless innings.
*Alabama is now 6-2 in games started by Turnbull.
*This is the first home shutout for Alabama on the year, the last home shutout came on May 18, 2012, when Alabama defeated Georgia 4-0.
*Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem stroked three singles in Saturday’s game to notch his 10th multi-hit game of the season, the most among the Tide’s freshmen.
*Salem now has five games with three or more hits this season, the most on the team.
*Salem has now reached base safely in 10 straight games.
*Freshman shortstop Mikey White was 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch and has now reached base safely in 11 straight games, which is the second-best of any player on the roster this year.
*With the win on Saturday, Alabama is 22-10 at home all-time versus Arkansas.