April 18, 2012
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
“I thought that in the first game we had a really good start from Case Nixon, we got good pitching out of the bullpen with Ian Gardeck and Jay Shaw, and had a good clean game as well. As for game two, I give a lot of credit to Mississippi Valley State, they outplayed us in every way possible. They swung the bats really well, we were sloppy defensively and didn’t play well, but that takes nothing away from them. They had a very good win. Up and down there wasn’t a lot of offense and there was some poor pitching here and there.”
On Dugas breaking the school record for double and going 3-for-4 in today’s first game:
“That was great for him. I mean, the guy’s been a hitting machine since he’s been here, and he certainly deserves all of the records that have been coming his way. First the triples record a week or two ago and now the doubles, and there are certainly some more coming up for him on the horizon.”
On whether fatigue had started to set in by the second game:
“No, we just played sloppy. We just didn’t perform. When you come out and don’t perform in college baseball you’re going to be beaten. I thought that Mississippi Valley did a good job, they hit the fastball and found a lot of hard contact, and we didn’t, it’s really just as simple as that.”
POST GAME NOTES:
* With his 65th career double, senior Taylor Dugas broke the Alabama all-time record for doubles in the fourth inning of today’s first game. This is the second Alabama record that Dugas has set this season.
* In the first game of the day Dugas went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
* In just his second career start, game one starting Case Nixon, threw 5.0 innings, allowing no runs on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts, to pick up his first career victory.
* Freshman Ben Moore went 2-for-4 in the first game, collecting his second home run of the season in the sixth inning.
* Junior designated hitter Cameron Carlisle went 2-for-3 in today’s first game, scoring two runs.
* Senior infielder James Tullidge also went 2-for-3 with two runs in the first game of the day.
* Cary Baxter made his first career start in game two against MVSU. Baxter recorded 3.1 innings pitched, allowing two runs on two hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.
* Senior Hunter Gregory was 3-for-7 with one run scored for the doubleheader.
* Taylor Dugas went 3-for-6 for the two games, with two RBIs and one run scored.
* Senior Jon Kelton went 2-for-6 for the midweek games, collecting one run and one RBI.
* Alabama banged out 13 hits in the first game of the doubleheader, notching its ninth 10-hit game of the season.