Quotes and Notes - LSU Game 2



April 21, 2013

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement
“Well it was one of those kinds of crazy games where both sides competed like crazy. When you go 16 innings, there was a lot of really good effort on both sides, and the pitchers that were extended tonight stayed with it. I’m proud of the way our guys played. I thought they competed like crazy all night long.  It is just unfortunate there that they got the big hit there late and we had a couple of opportunities we missed.  Truly, it was a good baseball game. I hate to be on the losing end, but it’s one of those that the fans got their money’s worth times two tonight.”

On getting the team ready for Sunday’s game…
“Well, that was the challenge.  I said it is real easy to come and be real lackluster tomorrow, but the challenge is that you have to come back and be ready to play at 1 p.m.  Not only that, but we also need for [Spencer] Turnbull to be good.  We exhausted a lot of the bullpen tonight.  Obviously we still have a few guys, but they (LSU) are in a similar situation as we are. I think you will find out a lot.  I think our guys will respond.  They will come back out and play really hard tomorrow.”

On the 16 inning game…
“I don’t know that I have been in one that was 16 innings.  I have been in some long ones, but that was a lot of emotion back and forth and the game could have swung either way many times. I thought that both sides kept grinding and kept fighting and nobody wanted to give in for 16 innings. It was a pretty well played ballgame on both sides. ”

On the performance from the bullpen…
“They were outstanding all the way from starting with [Tucker] Hawley.  Obviously Ray [Castillo] was dynamite. Then Mike [Oczypok] goes six innings on Tuesday and comes back tonight and gives us two and two-thirds.  He ran out of gas and we knew he was going that way, but it was just one of those points.  He had two quick outs and I thought the check swing call was questionable there to start that inning, but Mike was super to come back on short rest and do what he did tonight.”

On the overall performance of the team throughout the game…
“We kept fighting. You can go back to the start of the game, and we put a lot of good swings on the ball tonight.  That was really encouraging to see.  It was really one of the first nights against some good arms that our offense came alive. We got on time with some fast balls all the way up to Kenny running the ball out there in the ninth.  On one hand, it is obviously disappointing to lose a game, but still encouraging with what I saw tonight. That needs to carry into tomorrow and farther into the season as we finish this thing up, because that was pretty encouraging overall with how we performed and competed tonight.”

Post-game notes:
*Senior third baseman Kenny Roberts hit a single to start off the game and stroked a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth to put up his 11th multi-hit game and his third multi-RBI game of the season.
*Freshman shortstop Mikey White went 3-for-6 from the plate tonight en route to the 10th multi-hit game of his career.
*White’s single and career-high two doubles combined to put together a new career high of five total bases.
*Senior left fielder Andrew Miller put together his fifth multi-hit game of the season after going 2-for-5 Saturday night.
*Miller recorded his first multi-RBI of the season, with a career-high tying three RBI in the game.
*Miller performance tonight extended his reaching base streak to nine games, tying his career best.
*Senior catcher Brett Booth stroked a trio of singles on 3-for-7 hitting to notch his ninth multi-hit game of the season.
*Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem went 2-for-8 hitting with a pair of single, good for his 13th multi-hit game of his career.
*Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore picked up his team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-7 night.
*Freshman designated hitter Daniel Cucjen has capitalized on opportunities presented to him this season, drawing a hit by pitch tonight to extend his reaching base streak to three games.
*Sophomore south paw Justin Kamplain had a season high of five strikeouts in his second start of the year for the Crimson Tide.
*The 16 inning matchup between Alabama and LSU was the longest game in terms of innings in the history of the Alabama baseball program.
*The Crimson Tide and the Tigers combined for 35 hits tonight, the most combined hits in any of Alabama’s matchups this season.