June 7, 2010
Recap | Box Score | Notes
Alabama Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
On Adam Morgan's performance:
"First of all, he's one of the best competitors that we have on the mound. Adam, like much of our team, kind of went through a lull in the season where he struggled for three or four starts and then really got it back going last week against Florida. One thing about Adam-and our whole team-I don't know if there's a tougher group out there. The character of this team speaks for itself, to come out of the hole we were in three weeks ago and where we're at today. As a coach, you couldn't be prouder of Adam and this whole group. They just compete their tails off every night."
On his strategy for tomorrow's game:
"With a left-handed dominant lineup like they have, I think we've got to look like at a Taylor Wolfe or one of the left-handers that we have available. But, (Nathan) Kilcrease is good for three or four innings tomorrow. Jake (Smith)'s good for a couple of innings tomorrow. Like I said after game one, we want to put ourselves in a position to run strike-throwers out there that can command two pitches for a strike. Right now, we'll have to go back and check everybody and see where they're at availability-wise and how they feel. But obviously you're looking at one game to move on, and you either go home or you keep playing, so everybody's available tomorrow. So we have to look at the lefty-right matchup a little bit at least to start the game, and then we go with guys that we trust after that."
Sophomore LHP Adam Morgan
On his performance:
"I fed off of (the offense) a lot. It's great to go into the second inning with a five-run lead. So I kind of pitched attacking them. I knew I had a shot at a bunch of lefties, so I just attacked them with the slider and got ahead of them with the fastball, and it was all great from there."
On his connection to the Atlanta area:
"I don't know how many guys I know. There is a pretty good bit, probably seven or eight. Most of them are pitchers, though. I know (Matt Skole). (He) got the best of me, but it wasn't going to happen again. I knew what to throw him. It's a great experience to pitch here, to come back. I don't know who all was here, and that really doesn't matter. It's all about a team effort and it was just all-around a good day."
Senior Third Baseman Jake Smith
On his home run in the first inning:
"(Starting pitcher Brandon Cumpton) just left that one fastball up. His first two pitches to me were in good locations. But the last three, he wasted one fastball and then missed with another one, and then I just had a fastball up and got a good swing on it."
Junior Second Baseman Ross Wilson
On his performance:
"It's nice to go out there and have a good night. You want to play well in the postseason. I guess that's something that I've done well the past couple of years. I have some confidence going in from the previous two. It's all about playing well at the right time. I struggled there for a while, but I guess it makes you kind of take it for granted, so when you start playing well again, you kind of soak it in and realize how much fun you're having."
On the team's mentality:
"The last, I guess, month we've been playing a lot better and really playing well at the right time, and I think that kind of goes back to what (Gaspard) was saying about wanting to win the regional instead of just getting there. Because, you know, it's not okay to just get there at Alabama."