Quotes and Notes - Alcorn State Game 1



April 9, 2013

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement
“I thought [Tucker] Hawley gave us a good start, then [Taylor] Guilbeau came in and gave us a couple of innings. We wanted to stretch Ray [Castillo] out a little bit with two innings and we certainly weren’t expecting that in the ninth, but on Tuesdays after tough weekends, sometimes you just have to find a way to win and that’s we did tonight. Offensively, we hit a few balls hard and worked underneath some balls. We have to get a few more line drives, but their kid did a nice job making some pitches and I thought they made some nice defensive plays as well. At the end of the day, it’s a win and that is what’s important right now. Hopefully tomorrow we play a little bit cleaner and a little bit better.”

On Kyle Overstreet playing well
“He really is [playing well]. I was looking at his numbers today and over his last 15, 16 games he’s been hitting about .350 now. Even when he was scuffling a little bit hitting .190, I think he was leading the team in RBI’s and when he gets in those RBI spots, he delivers his best at-bats in those situations. He has a lot of two out RBI’s as well, like tonight. He’s a good offensive player and now you’re starting to see it night in, night out.”

On having 21 wins which equals last year’s total
“[Spencer] Turnbull just said that. Obviously, it’s a good sign. We still have a lot left and we hit our number from last year and as I said before, it’s a different team, different group. It’s a group of talented guys, but more importantly they are playing together and pulling for one another. We’ve done some good things and it’s a team that continues to get better.”

On Daniel Cucjen’s first start
“He played well. He had some good at-bats and looked really comfortable out there. You saw the possible infield of the future tonight. It was good for Daniel, he’s been working really hard and it was a good time to give him a start and he certainly played well tonight.”

On good record during mid-week games
“I’m not sure on the record, but we’ve had pretty good success and played pretty well. I think a lot of credit goes to Tucker Hawley’s starts and the way the bullpen has pitched during these games. Everyone going out there has performed pretty well.”

#6 Kyle Overstreet, 2B
On his approach at the plate:
"I'm just trying to stay with my approach. I've been working hard and I'm trying to stay with it. It's been working so far."

On success hitting with two outs:
"I'm just trying to do the best I can for the team. I'm putting it in play and good things are happening right now. I just try to put it in play and make something happen."

On if he gave Daniel Cucjen any advice before the game:
"No, I didn't say much. He was pretty comfortable the whole game so he looked alright. He had two [hits]; [it was] a good night for him."

On the team's success in midweek games:
"Coach always says if you want to make it to Regionals and Super Regionals, you need to win your mid-week games, so we try to come out and do the best we can to win those."

Post-game notes:
*Freshman shortstop Mikey White singled through the left side for his only hit of the ball game in the eighth inning, stretching his reaching base streak to 12 games.
*Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore tagged a base hit in the first and second innings to put together his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season.
*Freshman right-hander Ray Castillo picked up his sixth save in his 14th appearance, both lead the team.
*Freshman third baseman Daniel Cucjen got the call for the first start of his career Tuesday night.
*Cucjen stroked a single in the second and the seventh inning to post his first career multi-hit game.
*The Alabama Crimson Tide started five true freshmen in the field Tuesday night, the most started in any game this season.
*Kyle Overstreet was 2-for-3 with two RBI to notch his 10th multi-hit and sixth multi-RBI game of the season.
*With his two RBI on Tuesday, Kyle Overstreet ties Brett Booth for the team lead with 23 RBI this season.
*With five scoreless innings tonight, Tucker Hawley has allowed one earned run in 15 innings with 10 strikeouts in his last three starts.