Quotes and Notes - Troy



May 8, 2013

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HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard
Opening Statement
"It was really just a well played game on all phases. It always starts on the mound. I thought Taylor Guilbeau gave us good first five innings against a really good offensive team.  You saw some flurries there early in what they can do through the middle of their lineup. Taylor (Guilbeau) and Jay Shaw played outstanding.  I think that's eight or nine scoreless innings of ball for him (Jay Shaw) now.  It was good to see Ray (Castillo) come back out and get a little confidence booster.  I know they hit the long ball, but still, the velocity was really good and he threw the ball down. Defensively, we made plays.  I thought Andrew (Miller) made some key plays for us in left field. Offensively, we were really good which we're starting to see now. In the last couple of weeks there has been some power start to show up in guys and starting to split some gaps. Timing couldn't be better right now to start seeing extra base-hits come down.

On getting runs throughout the game
"I thought we had good lead-off at-bats to start some innings to get us going.  When we got some guys out there, especially from the middle part of the game on, we delivered some big hits.  The ball was flying well tonight as we hit some balls out of the park. I thought overall we had a good plan, we really made them get the ball up and we took the ball down in the strike zone. It was a good night for us in all phases."

On the offensive output tonight
"It was good as I said earlier. I thought it was a very good approach 1-9. We have a lot of guys swinging the bat well which is obviously good timing. I'm really encouraged in seeing the ball fly the way it is right now. We have not been a power type team. I know that's not who we are but at the same time I think we have some guys capable of driving some balls out of the park.  It's starting to show up here in the last few ball games."

On keeping Troy to singles
"Troy is obviously a tremendous offensive team.  We've studied them the last couple of days and their numbers are off the charts especially when you look at Logan Pierce, Danny Collins and Josh McDorman. I thought that was a big double play we got early with Logan Pierce.  They're a good offensive team, we knew going in we were going to have to keep the ball in the bottom of the strike zone and really make some pitches. I really thought are pitches executed well.  We were able to keep them to singles and not as many doubles or the ball leaving the yard for them.

On Jay Shaw
"Right now I think command is the first thing. His velocity has been good, that's a thing that has really jumped. He was pitching upper 80's, and now he's in the low 90's. He's throwing strike one, and he's really executing all three pitches; the breaking ball in the bottom of the zone for a streak, good change up, and then the fastball has some real hop on it right now.  He's throwing the ball as good as he's thrown it since he has been here. He can certainly be a piece now as we move forward."

On pitching now compared to a year ago
"I think when you look at the sophomore group you knew they were going to improve.  We knew last year we were just going to let those guys experience it. I think when you throw in a couple of these freshman that are performing well, and you throw in Tucker Hawley who's returned, and now you're seeing growth from Taylor Guilbeau and Jay Shaw and the rest of the guys.  Now this pitching staff is getting deeper.  The beauty of it is they are all back. That's what you have to have now in today's game.  As much as you want to have offense, it all starts on that mound. You have to be able to pitch and play defense because these bats just don't allow you to score a ton of runs particularly in our league. You see too many good arms, and with that you have to be prepared to win a lot of 2-3 and 3-4 type games."

Player Quotes
#17 Jay Shaw, P
On helping his team get the win tonight
"Anytime you can beat a team on a mid-week game it gives you that confidence going into the weekend series.  You just have to stay hot and swing the bat well, and play some defense this weekend."

On pitching with run-support
"It's definitely easier to go out there when you got the bats hot.  Anytime the offense comes alive it gives the energy to everybody."

On the bullpen helping out as a whole
"Starters give us a good start, and the bullpen just feeds off of them. When we got guys making plays for us it's easy to go out there and pitch."

#5 Brett Booth, C
On the power tonight
"I think the biggest thing is we are getting more aggressive at the plate, a lot more aggressive and a lot better swings. I think the biggest thing offensively is starting early but keeping it going throughout the game.  They didn't have too many 1-2-3 innings or easy innings. We had a bunch of innings like the first where we got the bases loaded. We didn't quite bust it open like we wanted to but you still want to have that pressure there, and make the pitcher work along with the defense.  That'll pay off if you keep doing it like you did tonight. You keep putting pressure on and it finally busted open there in the eighth inning and put up a big one."

On getting through the starter and into the teams bullpen
"You want to get in the bullpen but with the starter you're going to want to get good swings off. You don't want to work to try to get into the bullpen.  You want to have the same approach on everybody, whether it's the starter, bullpen or closer. Getting some up and getting a good hack off is a good thing. I think over the past two or three weeks that's what we've been doing a little bit better job on.  When that ball got up we got really good hacks on it."

On limiting the runs
"That's a really good team we played. They are top 15-20 in the country when it comes to hitting. I think our pitches did a good job. When they got them out there, they made the pitches.  Taylor (Guilbeau) had the big strike out there when they had runners on first and second.  Jay (Shaw) came in and just pounded the strike zone.  When they did get a hit, we came right back at them. We didn't fall behind too many counts.  That's the thing, when you pound the strike zone; they're going to get hits. Good hit teams are going to hit the ball, but if you pound the strike zone and don't give in, they're going to scatter them out and let your defense work and minimize a big inning."

Post-game notes:
* Kenny Roberts recorded his third homerun of the year and added it to a pair of singles to put together his 13th multi-hit game.
*Roberts had two RBI on Wednesday night, booking the fourth multi-RBI game of his senior campaign.
*Georgie Salem finished the game with a couple of singles to register his 15th multi-hit game of the year.
*Kyle Overstreet recorded his 29th RBI on his eighth double of the season and paired it with a single to make to notch his 15th multi-hit game of the season.
*Ben Moore posted a 3-for-5 performance for his second straight night of multi-hit game and team-leading 19th of the season.
*Moore's bases-clearing double in the eighth inning plated three RBI to clinch his fifth three-RBI game of the season and his ninth multi-RBI game this season.
*With Moore's 16th stolen base of the year, he is tied in the SEC for third amongst the stolen base leaders.
*Moore finished out the final two-game midweek set batting .556 (5-9) with four singles, a double, four stolen bases, three runs scored and four RBI.
*Austen Smith tied his career high with a trio of walks, marking the most times he has walked since April 26, 2011, against Southern Miss.
*Smith drove in a pair of runs with a combination of a bases-loaded walk and an RBI double, good for his eighth multi-RBI game of the year.
*Brett Booth homered to left for his fifth of the year, the most he has recorded in a single season and currently 10th best in the SEC. The home run was the 12th of his career.
*Booth's eighth inning home run drove in two Tide runners, marking the ninth multi-RBI game of his senior season.
*With three scoreless frames tonight, Jay Shaw has now tossed nine consecutive innings without giving up a run.
*Taylor Guilbeau has been a part of a well-balanced pitching staff for the Tide this season, as his fourth win moves him into a five-way tie with Spencer Turnbull, Charley Sullivan, Tucker Hawley, and Mike Oczypok for the team lead.
*The Tide finished out its regular season schedule against in-state foes, turning in a 7-3 mark in those matchups.
 *Alabama finished the regular season with an 18-9 record against non-conference opponents and a 12-3 record in midweek games.