Mitch Gaspard Discusses 10-7 Marathon Win Over Georgia [Audio]
The Crimson Tide took down the Georgia Bulldogs in 13 innings for the win of the weekend series in Athens, and head coach Mitch Gaspard joined Chris Stewart to analyze the marathon win.
It was the longest game, in terms of time played, in Georgia baseball history: five hours and 12 minutes. In the Eastern time zone, these two teams played into the morning with a potential for rain creeping in on them all night, but that didn't stop either one from fighting all night for the win.
"Obviously a long game, just a lot of different things that happened throughout the course of 13 innings and we're proud of the way our guys continued to respond and show a lot of resiliency and a lot of fight."
Alabama used seven pitchers in the marathon game, and two of the most important guys on the mound for the Tide all night were junior Matt Foster (who earned the win with 4.0 innings pitched and 6 K's) and closer Thomas Burrows, who joined the bout in the bottom of the 13th. Burrows walked the first three batters he faced, loading the bases with zero outs, but rallied and struck out the next three Bulldogs that came to the plate, ending the game and giving the Tide a 10-7 victory.
"He's such a confident guy, and he rubs off on our team... You always have a little bit of that risk when a guy hasn't really gotten on the game mound in three weeks or so, there's going to be a little rust in there... but as good of an arm and as good of a competitor as Tommy is, I think he likes the crunch time. That's why he was so good in that last inning. When the game got hot, the bases are loaded, walked three guys, he really just tightened the belt and he gets three consecutive punch outs to end the game."
You can listen to the entire interview below, and make sure to tune in to The Chris Stewart Show each weekday from 11 AM-2 PM.