Quotes and Notes - Alcorn State Game 2



April 10, 2013

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement
“For starters, I thought Mike Oczypok did a real nice job today. He was outstanding for five innings.  The bullpen came in and did a good job too.  I thought we played pretty clean today.  Offensively, we did what we needed to do to get the lead and then extend.  We had the opportunity to get a few guys in the game there late.  We had Chance Vincent get his first action behind the plate.  It was a little rough but for a first time for a guy that wasn’t a catcher it was good to see him back there.  The main objective these past two days have been to win the game and try to get a little momentum going as we move into Oxford this weekend.”

On Mike Oczypok
“I think he has a chance to be very good.  His velocity has gone from 85 to today, where he was touching 89.  He’s got a three pitch mix for strikes, great mound presence, a lot of confidence and he’s still a red shirt freshman.  I think you can add him to that real young group of guys that has a real future here.”

On being pulled for pitch count
“He’s a guy we want available later on, particularly as we get into Saturday and Sunday.  He reminds me of a lot like Tucker (Hawley).  He’s a strike thrower, with three pitches.  You’re always going to want those kinds of guys available on the weekend.  They’re also a great Tuesday-Wednesday kind of guys because you know they are going to fill up the strike zone. 

On putting runs on the board
“You see it a lot on Tuesdays. There is such a difference in the pitching of what we see, but also the weekends take so much out of you.  You just have to find a way to win them.  Today, a couple balls fell for us, and we put a few more good swings on some pitches.  That’s what we have to do offensively.  Every now and then we’ll have a game where they all fall and you get the bats going.  Most of the games you’ll have five or six runs and you’ll have to pitch and play defense like we did today.”

#5 Brett Booth, C
On Mike Ocxypok
“He’s been coming out of the bullpen throwing really well.  He throws a ton of strikes. I think tonight you saw what happens when you throw a lot of strikes.  People start making plays, you start to get in a good rhythm and things start flowing. I think they did a good job with the first inning coming out, mixing all of his pitches in there for a strike and just carried on through five innings of good baseball.”

On seven innings of no-hit baseball
“Pitching sets the tone, especially pitching at home. When you can get a first inning that’s clean, smooth and quick, you can get some momentum on your side early.  This game is just a game of momentum. It’s about how long can you keep it and how long can you avoid not having it.”

Post-game notes:
*Freshman righty Mike Oczypok won his first career collegiate start, going for five no-hit innings with one strikeout and one walk.
*Sophomore Ben Moore stole his 11th base of the season, the most of any player on the team.  Moore is now 11-14 in his stolen base attempts this year.
*Moore drove in two runs on his team-leading third triple of the season in the fifth inning.
*Freshman Mikey White went 2-for-3 and recorded two singles en route to notching his ninth multi-hit game of the season.
*White has also reached base safely in his last 13 straight games.
*Senior designated hitter Cameron Carlisle recorded his first double of season.
*Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem went 2-for-4, recording two singles on his way to notching his 11th multi-hit game of the season.
*Freshman catcher Chance Vincent made his first appearance behind the plate for his career, relieving Brett Booth in the seventh inning and recorded his first career runner caught stealing.
*Vincent recorded his first stolen base of his career for the Tide.
*Brett Booth made his first appearance at first base this season after Vincent replaced him at home.
*Freshman center fielder Riley Colburn reached base for the first time in his career for the Tide after being hit by pitch in the seventh inning.