Alabama-Mississippi State Quotes and Notes Game 2



May 5, 2012

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COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement
“On the mound we did a really good job today. Jon Keller did a really good job, and then Jake Hubbard came up with two good innings. Our young guys certainly did a good job and did their part to give us a chance to win. You have got to give a lot of credit to Mississippi State’s arms, again we scattered out eight hits and a couple of runs. Offensively, it has kind of been the same story throughout the year, we just have not been able to do enough to generate offense. It is tough to win SEC games when you are scoring one and two runs in back-to-back nights. We have got to find a way to get more runs.”

On Taylor Dugas:
“Taylor Dugas has just been dynamite for us for four years, and what a great accomplishment that through all of the great players that have been through Alabama, to not only hold the hits record but to have the doubles and the triples record. That is why he came back, first of all to get his degree, which he walked this morning, and then he gets the hits record in the same day. I couldn’t be happier for him and his family. He does things the right way and is very deserving of all of the accomplishments that have come his way.”

On the pitching:
“It has been a frustrating year in a lot of ways. They scored all three runs on a leadoff walk, a leadoff hit by pitch and a pick that was thrown away. On the flip side of that, Keller pitched great. There are not many freshmen that can come in and do what these kids have done this year. It is disappointing not being able to get them some wins and get them some run support when they come out and pitch that well.”

#1, Taylor Dugas, CF
On why he came back:
“That was one of the things I wanted to accomplish in coming back. Another was to win a lot of games and we are struggling to do that right now. It is a little bitter-sweet. It is never fun after a loss but it is an accomplishment to be mentioned with Andy Phillips and all of the great hitters that have been through here. It is pretty amazing. We just have to get some wins.”

On the ninth inning:
“We came up short this time. We had opportunities and chances, but it is hard to win games scoring two runs. We have got to do a better job of getting the guys in off of our hits. You look at them [Mississippi State] and they only got three hits but they scored three runs. We have just got to be more efficient with that.”

#35, Jon Keller, LHP
On today’s loss:
“I made a few mistakes and hit a few guys giving them free bases. I think that is what hurt us, we got the hits we needed but we just couldn’t string them together.”

*Taylor Dugas set the school record for all-time career hits with 323 as part of a 2-for-5 day at the plate. Dugas is now one hit ahead of previous record-holder, and current UA assistant coach Andy Phillips. For his career Dugas has 226 singles, 67 doubles, and 16 triples, all of which are school records, in addition to 14 career home runs.
*Today was also Dugas’ 18th multiple hit game of the season, which leads the team in that category.
*With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, shortstop Jared Reaves now has 15 multiple hit games this season.
* In his sixth start of the season, freshman Jon Keller tossed a career-high 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on just three hits with five strikeouts.
*Jake Hubbard made his team leading 25th appearance of the season, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings, without allowing a hit in relief of Keller.
*Third baseman James Tullidge reached base in three of his four plate appearances, scoring both of the Tide’s runs on the day.
*Dugas, Josh Rosecrans, Brandt Hendricks and Jason Zylstra, along with student coaches Josh Sanders and Adam Pavkovich each earned their respective degrees from UA today.