Alabama-Mississippi Valley State Postgame Quotes and Notes



April 13, 2011

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Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement:
“The last two days were just what we needed to get back on track. We had a real good outing by Adam Windsor to get five innings of hitless ball. We kind of got going offensively, did some good things and the bullpen did a nice job. Josh Rosecrans was the story, he threw 90, 91 with a really good slider. He was a pitcher in junior college and we just really haven’t used him. With our situation, down on arms, we started looking at it a few days back and I thought he was outstanding today. That gives us another bullet as we move forward. I’m excited to see that but pleased with the way we played the last two days. I thought we responded after a tough weekend and played solid baseball on all ends of the game the past couple of days.”

On Adam Windsor’s performance:
“He was on a 50-pitch count and came out with 38 actually. He was just filling up the zone. It was great to see him go out and pitch great today.”

On the change to the batting order:
“So far, putting Taylor Dugas in the three-hole has presented more opportunities for him to drive in runs, and he’s been able to do it. Brock Bennett today in the leadoff spot did a nice job, and Jared Reaves is going again in the two-hole. For the last two days that lineup has worked pretty well and hopefully we have found something we can move on with.”

On Josh Rosecrans’ pitching performance versus MVSU and beyond:
“You keep putting him out there. The thing with Rosey is when you DH him, the DH can still come in and pitch and you don’t lose anything that way. That was, for me, the biggest thing of the day. When he rolls out and every pitch is 90, 91 with a swing-and-miss slider, that’s what you need in the back end of the game. It was his first outing but obviously encouraging from what we saw today. He’s a confident guy, has a fresh arm and could be a guy to be the setup guy or maybe work his way to where we could use Jonathan Smart in different roles other than just having to close with him.”

On this weekend’s matchup versus Tennessee:
“They got off to a really good start. When they got into conference play, they struggled a little bit, but all the games have been very close. They lost two one-run games last week versus South Carolina where they pitched pretty well. Offensively, they’ve been in a little bit of a slump as of late, but for the majority of the year they’ve been leading the SEC stats in just about every major offensive category. Like any SEC team they’re gonna pose a real challenge for us. We just have to do more of what we’ve done the past two days, get quality starts on the mound, get the offense working, get seven or eight guys going pretty good going in there. If we do that, we have a pretty good chance of being successful this weekend.”

#41 Brock Bennett, C
On hitting leadoff:
“Nothing really changes that much. I just try to get on with the guys behind and hopefully they can split some gaps like they did today. I have a lot of confidence in Jared (Reaves) and Taylor (Dugas), so if I can get on first, they’ll drive me in.”

On the offensive output the past two games:
“It’s just really contagious. You get a couple of guys to find some holes and then everybody wants to be part of the action, everyone wants to hit.”

#21 Adam Windsor, LHP
On leaving the game in the midst of a no-hitter:
“It wasn’t that bad. I know I’m on a pitch count. We have Tennessee this weekend, so I wasn’t really worried about it. Just to give five good innings to the team, that’s all I could ask for. I wasn’t really paying attention; I heard some things in the dugout about a no-hitter, but it didn’t really bother me that much.”

* Taylor Dugas finished the day 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI, hitting from the No. 3 spot for the second consecutive game. Dugas is now 4-for-7 with three runs scored and five RBI in two games this year hitting third in the lineup.
* Dugas notched the 11th triple of his career in the third inning, tying him for third all-time in the category with current UA hitting coach Andy Phillips and former UA standout Allan Stallings.
* Junior shortstop Jared Reaves wrapped up his day going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, including a hit by pitch and a walk. Reaves finished the series 4-for-8 with four runs scored and four RBI.
* Senior catcher Brock Bennett, hitting from the No. 1 spot in the order for the first time in his career, finished the day 3-for-3 with three runs.
* Freshman first baseman Austen Smith finished 2-for-4 with two RBI versus the Delta Devils on Wednesday. Smith wrapped up the two-game series against MVSU 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI, including a double, two walks and a hit by pitch while reaching base in six of his eight plate appearances.
* In his first career start, sophomore LHP Adam Windsor threw 5.0 innings without allowing a hit versus MVSU. Windsor threw strikes on 32 of his 38 pitches in collecting his second victory of the year.
* Andrew Miller drew his team-leading ninth and 10th hit by pitch of the year versus the Delta Devils.
* Junior first baseman/catcher/designated hitter Josh Rosecrans pitched 1.0 inning of relief in the eighth, striking out the side on 11 pitches.
* First baseman Patrick McGavin notched the first RBI of his UA career in the eighth inning, bringing home Reaves with a single to center field.
* Every UA starter reached base versus the Delta Devils on Wednesday
* UA notched back-to-back games of 10 runs or more for the first time since putting up 10 runs and 17 runs against Mississippi State on May 1 and May 3 of 2009.