April 21, 2013
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
“First of all, I’m really proud of our team, particularly coming out after a ball game last night, playing 16 innings and still coming out with great effort today. It’s that same kind of intensity we left the ball park with last night. We got just what we needed with the start from Spencer Turnbull; he was dynamite for nine innings. He threw about 118 pitches, which is a little more than he’s thrown all year but he was terrific here all day. It was just a team win; we had a lot of guys step up and do some great things. I really don’t know if we wanted a different guy there at the plate at the end than Kyle (Overstreet). He’s been a guy that’s been delivering and also been confident in everything he’s done. I think a lot of the young guys are starting to show their presence and all are getting better. This was a really big win for our team, especially coming off last night. I think this is a game we can hang on to and build momentum and gain confidence.”
On what you can take away from playing very good baseball with the No. 2 team in the country
“I think it means that we’re really close. That’s what we’ve been telling the team, we’re real close to being a good team. It’s just each guy sharpening up a little with what they have to do. We have some areas that we have to improve on such as walking guys and getting better at-bats. I think those are things we can fix as we move through. The more wins that we can get, obviously the better you’re going to become as a team, not only now, but as we move forward. Every weekend is difficult. As good as they are, next week with Texas A&M is going to be tough. It just gets tougher and tougher every weekend. They’re a championship built team. I’m proud of our guys because we did go toe-to-toe the last 25 innings with them.”
On walking a freshman to get to the SEC player of the year (Ralph Rhymes)
“I wouldn’t want to be in that position very often. Raph Rhymes is a great hitter. We were fortunate to get the two double plays we got.”
On Spencer Turnbull’s performance
“He’s just growing, you can see it. Again, his confidence continues to grow too. He’s a real Friday night guy that can be dominant. For us right now, it fits where he’s pitching. You’re going to like that match-up every Sunday when he’s on the mound. He’s been huge for us.”
On what changed offensively after the third inning
“I think you saw where both teams were sluggish coming out. First of all, Cody Glenn is a great match-up after seeing a lot of velocity. He was throwing a fastball which was really a sinker, and our guys were just pulling off. We started to put some good at-bats together and put some pressure on them. Guys just started getting better at-bats later on in the game.”
On moving Kyle Overstreet to the number three spot
“You look back over the past 20 games or so, and he’s been our most productive and consistent hitter. You just have to throw the averages out. He’s probably hitting .340 in his last 20 games. With that, it’s good at-bat after good at-bat. He’s very confident, and that’s what you want. You want that guy in the three-hole to fall just like it did. The game is on the line and you trust that guy that’s in the box.”
On the attitude of the team after a emotionally long game last night
“The guys had a lot of energy. We challenged them last night. Obviously I commended them on their effort last night but I said a real team will come back and find a way to have great energy again the next day. I thought you saw that with both teams. Both teams came out and played great. After the first three innings, you saw two teams that desperately wanted to win that ballgame.”
#6, Kyle Overstreet, 2B
On getting the win against LSU
“It’s huge; we could’ve won last night but we ended up losing a tough one. Getting a win against a team like that is really important for us going into the rest of the season.”
On getting momentum in the 10th inning again today
“It’s really important. Last night we went 16 innings, and couldn’t get it done. Getting that lead-off runner on is always important to get that momentum and to keep fighting. We got the pitches and got it done tonight.”
On getting the double play in the 10th and setting the momentum after that
“Making a huge play like that always gets you going. It was huge for him (Keaton Haack) to get that ground ball.”
On continuously getting big hits with two outs
“Just keep calm and act like it’s any other at-bat. I’ve been there a ton of times in my life. I just get up there and stay calm and try to get a pitch I can hit. It’s just awesome to help the team like that.”
*Freshman second baseman Kyle Overstreet’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning was good for his team-leading 27th RBI of the year as well as his 15th RBI with two outs.
*Overstreet is batting .600 (3-for-5) this season in opportunities with the bases loaded, 386 with runners in scoring position, and .339 with two outs.
*Sophomore righty Spencer Turnbull went nine innings on Sunday, setting a new career high in batters faced (36), as well as tying his career-best with nine innings pitched.
*Freshman right-hander Keaton Haack earned his first career win after getting the only batter he faced to ground into an inning ending double play.
*With a double in the fourth inning of Sunday’s ballgame, freshman center fielder Georgie Salem a team-high active hitting streak of six games.
*Alabama’s victory over the second-ranked LSU Tigers is the Tide’s first win over a top-five team since their 2-1 victory over No. 2 South Carolina on May 19, 2011.