Alabama-Alcorn State Postgame Quotes and Notes

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Feb. 20, 2011

Alabama Head Coach Mitch Gaspard
Opening statement:
"We had a good start today out of Tucker Hawley and the bullpen came in and did a nice job as well, so it's three games in a row where I feel our pitching threw a lot of strikes and did a really nice job. We did a nice job defensively as well. Going into the weekend our biggest concern was probably how we were going to play defensively. I thought (Jared) Reaves was really good on both sides as shortstop and overall, as I said yesterday. I thought we played the game with pretty good ease which was good to see. Offensively, (David) Kindred and Reaves had a good day. All three of their starters did a good job throwing two or three pitches for a strike and kept us off balance for a bit. We hit a couple balls hard at them, which is part of baseball, but at the same time, I thought we did what we had to do to get off to a good start this weekend."

On Reaves not missing a beat:
"That was good to see this weekend. He's just a solid player. He's not a real flashy guy. He's just going to get the job done and make all the routine plays. Offensively, he's got such a sharp stroke and that's why the strikeout numbers are so low and he's a line-drive machine. After three games, he looked really good."

On Senior David Kindred:
"Dave had a really good day today. As we said, it's been the story of him coming back, but he's been really good since Christmas break swinging the bat. The biggest thing now is he's back in shape. This was a good weekend for Kindred to get him going. He had a big day today."

On keeping ASU off the board:
"All of our starters did a good job with that and let us get going. Hawley did a nice job. He was a little bit up in the zone in the front part of the game. They hit a few good balls but he made big pitches when he had to."

#13 David Kindred, DH
On his return back to playing:
"Obviously you have the first game jitters but once you start getting in the flow of the game and get a feel and a few at-bats under your belt; that's where I started feeling more confident. Getting that first hit helped. My first at-bat was a big weight off my shoulders so to get that out of the way and then go up there and be able to swing the bat was a big relief."

On hitting the ball the opposite way with power:
"When I start going the other way I'm letting the ball travel and seeing the pitches really well. When I'm hitting the other way I'm usually swinging pretty well."

#44 Tucker Hawley, RHP
On his first win as a starter at Alabama:
"It felt good to get the first win out of the way. I thought defense and offense played well all weekend and made it easy to come in here and pitch. My adrenaline was a little up at the start but I settled in, and Rosecrans and I were working on the same page."

On what he's thinking when he's out there:
"Just throw strikes and execute every pitch that's called and try to keep the ball down in the strike zone. If you make the pitches that are called, then nine times out of 10 they'll get themselves out. You have to go pitch by pitch and see how things roll."

On the dominance of starting pitching this weekend:
"The whole staff pitched well this weekend. Peanut (Nathan Kilcrease) got a good start, as well as Morgan. We've just been preparing and working during the fall. Everything just flowed well and we got everybody pounding the zone and keeping the ball low."

 

NOTES
* With the win and series sweep, Alabama is now 14-1 all-time versus Alcorn State, and has now won 13 straight games against the Braves.
* David Kindred doubled down the left field line in the second inning for his first hit following his return to the team.
* Brett Booth's first hit of the season was an RBI double in the second inning, plating Kindred who doubled the previous at-bat.
* Tucker Hawley had a career-high five strikeouts. He had four strikeouts in four different games during the 2010 season. His most recent four-strikeout game was against Mercer on June 6, 2010, in the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
* The win for Tucker Hawley was the first of his career as a starting pitcher. He was 0-1 as a starter during the 2010 season.
* After going 0-for-3 with a walk, Taylor Dugas' 10-game hit streak came to an end.
* Jared Reaves was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He finished the series 7-for-11 (.636) with two doubles, five runs scored and three RBI.

SERIES NOTES
* Alabama sweeps Alcorn State, as the Tide has posted series sweeps in the first three-game home series of the season under head coach Mitch Gaspard.
* Alabama held Alcorn State to two runs in the series, allowing just one earned run. The Alabama pitching staff held the Braves to a .196 (18-for-92) batting average.
* Alabama outscored Alcorn State 24-2 in the series, and out-hit the Braves 27-18 overall.
* For the series, the starting pitching for Alabama allowed one earned run in 16.1 innings, with 19 strikeouts and just two walks.
* The Alabama bullpen didn't yield a single run in 10.2 innings in the series, and gave up only seven hits.
* Alabama played 28 guys on its 35-man roster in the series, including 17 position players and 11 pitchers. Ten position players and four pitchers saw action for the first time in a Crimson Tide uniform.