Alabama-Mississippi State Quotes and Notes



May 4, 2012

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COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement
“Going in, we knew tonight that it would be a low scoring game with Chris Stratton on the mound. Although we did a nice job of collecting hits, we did not benefit from a lot of them, just scoring one run. Spencer Turnbull gave us a solid start and I thought that Chazz Otwell did a real good job in relief to give us a chance in the eighth and ninth. Again we had a couple of opportunities where you have to get some hits and string them together at the right time. We kind of ran short on some guys when they started to mixing and matching, lefty and righty. We didn’t have as many options as we would have liked right there.”

On Otwell’s performance:
“He was good. Chazz was throwing the ball well, then he went down with some tendonitis and was on the shelf for about a month and has just been back for about two weeks. He has a really good slider and a good change up. His fastball is sitting at the 89-90 range. His command was a little in and out tonight, but overall I feel that he had some really good pitches.”

On the scattered hits:
“When you have 11 hits, it is nice, but at the same time you would like to bunch them together more, in order to score. Really we didn’t threaten until the eighth and the ninth innings. The hits were scattered and there really was not a lot of offensive pressure put on by us, although we out-hit them by four, they got their hits at the right time, mixed in with a couple of walks.”

#23, Chazz Otwell, Pitcher
On his goal for the night:
“I knew it was a tough game first of all because we are in a hole. We had to keep it close because you never know what is going to happen with our team. Something special can happen when we get towards the end of the game and I just wanted to keep it close enough so that we could have a chance when we needed it.”

On his first SEC appearance:
“I threw well this week and had an idea that I would pitch some this weekend. When he called my name I was ready and I knew that I had to go out and show out. I was really excited, but nervous at the same time.”

*Senior center fielder Taylor Dugas finished the night 2-for-4 with one runs scored versus the Bulldogs. Dugas’ two hits tonight put him one away from tying career record holder Andy Phillips with 322 hits all-time at the Capstone.
*Tonight marked Dugas’ 17th multiple hit game of the season, including his 11th game with two hits. In the process he extended his reached base streak to 11 games.
*Junior right handed pitcher Chazz Otwell tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in relief, in his fifth appearance of the season and first versus SEC competition. He allowed no hits while striking out four. Additionally, the 3.1 innings pitched and four strikeouts are both career-highs for Otwell.
*Freshman right fielder Ben Moore registered a 2-for-4 night at the plate with one RBI. It marked Moore’s 15th multiple hit game of the season while giving 28 RBI, good for the second-highest total on the team.
*Senior Josh Rosecrans went 2-for-4 versus MSU, marking the third consecutive game in which he has gone 2-for-4 at the plate. It was Rosecrans’ sixth multiple hit game of the season.
*Alabama registered 11 hits versus Mississippi State, marking the seventh time this season the Crimson Tide has totaled double-digit hits versus an SEC opponent.
* Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, Spencer Turnbull threw 5.2 innings in his eighth start of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out two.