May 20, 2011
Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
"I thought on our side Adam (Morgan) gave us another good start tonight. Offensively we had a tough time getting going. Their guy (Forrest Koumas) did a nice job as a starter and then (Matt) Price is one of the better closers in the league and he showed you why when he came in there and did a nice job. Bowed down there in the eighth inning, I feel like if the game could have stayed there we had a shot to make a run as we did there in the ninth. Our guys, even down 6-1, continued to compete and fight to get the tying run up to the plate and in that situation you can't ask for more than that."
On tomorrow's game:
"Yeah it's a big game tomorrow. The one thing, (Jonathan) Smart's kind of been our guy all year that's delivered some big ones for us, but we feel good with all three of our starters on the mound, but Smart's really been the guy to have the ball in his hands when we needed it this year and he's going to have that opportunity tomorrow. For us offensively, I think when we've been good is when we have some early offense in the game and then we're able to build on that throughout, so I think some emphasis has to be on that. In the early part of the game we need to get some good, quality at-bats and really generate some offense to carry that into the middle to late innings."
On any hangover effect from last night:
"I don't think there was. I think their guys were ready to play. I felt Adam certainly gave us an opportunity there where it was 2-1 getting to the middle to late part of the game. Offensively, I thought their guy did a nice job against us, and we didn't have a lot of opportunities and didn't put a lot of good swings on pitches today. We had a couple guys have some good nights, but we really didn't have a lot of offensive pressure throughout the ballgame. Tomorrow we'll need pressure and that's what we've got to do. We've got to come out and have those innings where we pressure the defense a little bit more."
#9 Jared Reaves, SS
On South Carolina:
"They played good baseball defensively. They got timely hits with two outs. Their closer came in, Price, he's got some good stuff. I tip my hat to them tonight."
On tomorrow's game:
"Tennessee can upset Auburn and if we come out here and beat these guys tomorrow we'll win the West. It's definitely a huge game and not to mention we'll win the series if we win tomorrow."
On if the team will pay attention to the scoreboard tomorrow:
"We'll come in here and just try to win a game. We can't really control what everybody else does, so not really. Definitely after the game we'll be looking at the scores."
On the team's offensive production:
"It is, but once again, they have one of the best pitching staffs in the nation. We got 11 hits tonight, three runs, but I believe we're better than that. We had a lot of opportunities with two outs and if we get a base hit in one of those situations, it's a different game.
On Jonathan Smart:
"He's been great all year, whether he's closing or starting. The last few starts have been great. I have a lot of confidence in him. He always seems to get us a lot of ground balls so I'll enjoy tomorrow I'm sure."
* With the 6-3 loss, Alabama falls into a tie for first in the SEC Western Division with in-state rival Auburn. Saturday's game will decide the champion of the West.
* Jared Reaves went 2-for-4 with two doubles to record his 25th multi-hit game of the season and take sole possession of first place on the team in that category.
* Taylor Dugas' ninth-inning, RBI double tied him for first on the team in doubles with Jared Reaves at 19. Reaves finished the game with a pair of doubles.
* Austen Smith went 2-for-4 on the night to record his 16th multi-hit game of the season.
* Hunter Gregory went 2-for-4 on the night, giving him back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time in his Tide career.