Alabama-LSU Postgame Quotes and Notes



May 7, 2011

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Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement:
“Well the story of the game is Adam Morgan. He was just terrific from the first inning on. I don’t know how many he retired there in a row, but he really got it going there in the second and third. You could see early on that his stuff was really good today. We tried to let him finish at the end but his pitch count was getting up a little, so Smart came in and did a nice job to settle it down there in the ninth. Offensively what we wanted to do was get a lead early and as good as Adam was today we were able to maintain it and slowly add a couple runs. Today was all about Adam Morgan. We needed a great pitching performance and he gave it to us.”

On pulling Morgan after allowing two baserunners in the ninth:
“He was tinkering with it and we had Jonathan Smart. When the eighth inning started we had Jonathan down in the bullpen just tossing and watching. Once we got through the eighth he really wanted to try and finish it. Morgan was at about 105 pitches then, and we were going to let him go to 120. Once they got the first couple of guys on, we just thought it was best to go to Smart and throw the breaking ball and mix it up a little bit. Morgan had a tremendous slider today, he was able to back-door the righties, his fastball was down and really stayed in the lower part of the strikezone and his changeup was good. He had all three pitches working and really was able to complement both the outer and the inner half of the play. When he does that he’s really good and a tough guy to hit.”

On getting two runs in the first inning:
“When we score early, we’ve been good. Whenever we can get a lead and kind of keep going, that’s really worked for us all year. When we fall behind early it’s been a little more difficult for us. When we can get the lead and keep going it seems like our whole play is pretty solid throughout the ball game.”

#32 Adam Morgan, LHP
On getting off to a good start today after last night’s game:
“I really just had to go out there and think about strike one and then go from there. I just needed to put things in perspective. It was a good day. Everybody has games like last night where they are hitting good pitches so I couldn’t put myself in a deep hole and think that if they hit him they were going to drill me. You just got to come out and get strike one.”

* Junior lefty Adam Morgan threw 8.0 scoreless innings versus LSU on Saturday, striking out five batters while only allowing one base runner to reach third base. Morgan has now pitched at least 6.0 innings in nine consecutive games.
* With his 1-for-4 perfromance versus LSU on Saturday, junior center fielder Taylor Dugas ranks 10th all-time at Alabama with 240 career hits. After collecting three hits in game one on Friday night, Dugas passed Scott McClanahan. In an odd twist of fate, McClanahan was serving as the color analyst for CSS’s broadcast of Saturday’s game.
* Freshman first baseman Patrick McGavin was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since March 11 against Eastern Illinois. McGavin took advantage of the opportunity, recording his first double of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning.
* Freshman designated hitter Austen Smith, who batted cleanup for the Tide on Saturday, had started the previous 31 games at first base.
* Senior catcher Brock Bennett recorded his 21st multi-hit game of the season, tying him with junior shortstop Jared Reaves for the team lead.
* Senior lefty Jonathan Smart earned his team-leading ninth save of the year, closing out the ninth inning in relief of Morgan. Smart has converted all nine of his save opportunities this season.