May 6, 2011
Recap | Box Score
Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
“For the first time in a SEC game, I thought we didn’t get a quality start, and just couldn’t get them out for the first five innings. It’s hard to generate any energy and momentum when they are getting hits and scoring runs. You look up and they’ve got a 10 spot after five innings and we just were never able to recover. That’s been our formula; quality starting pitching and for one of the first nights this year, we didn’t pitch it real well in the front part of the game. We’ve got to bounce back and do that tomorrow.”
On the team wanting to win the game too badly:
“I know that with everything going on today and talking about everything the past couple of days I think that certainly could have played into it a little tonight. Ultimately we didn’t do the things we needed to do in the front part of the game to be really competitive. We did bounce back at the end and had a little run offensively. I do think we are swinging the bats better, but it was tough in the beginning because they had so much momentum going and they were swinging the bats really well. Tip your hat to LSU because they are a pretty hot team right now.”
On falling behind early:
“Yeah, I think that was the story of the game, we just couldn’t get going. They really flattened us early on and we couldn’t do anything to stop it. They were able to build a lead that you knew it was going to be tough. We had it 5-1 and if you make it 5-2 there you get a little bit of life, but we stranded that runner. Really, it was just tough. It was one of those nights that you didn’t want to waste some of the guys in the bullpen; we just couldn’t get them out. LSU swung the bats really well tonight.”
* Junior shortstop Jared Reaves belted his third home run of the year in the bottom of the sixth, a solo shot over the left field wall. Reaves, who homered in his last outing versus Mississippi State on May 1, became the first Crimson Tide player to homer in back-to-back games this year.
* Junior center fielder Taylor Dugas had two doubles, tying him with Reaves for the team lead with 15 doubles.
* Senior catcher Brock Bennett recorded his eighth stolen base of the season, tying him with Dugas for team lead. Four of Bennett’s eight stolen bases have occurred in the last five games.
* Senior right handed pitcher Nathan Kilcrease’s suffered the shortest outing of his career as a starter, lasting just 1.2 innings versus LSU on Friday.
* Seven of the Crimson Tide’s nine starters each recorded a hit versus the Tigers on Friday with Dugas leading the way with three. As a team, Alabama has recorded double-digits in hits in five straight games.