Alabama Baseball gets the sweep over over MVSU.
On an absolutely beautiful day in Sewell-Thomas stadium the Alabama Baseball team defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 3-0. The shut-out secured the sweep for the Crimson Tide. The Alabama defense didn’t allow a single run the entire weekend and went over 14 innings without allowing a hit while striking out 36 Delta Devils over the series. The third consecutive shutout marks the second time the Tide has accomplished that feat, as the only other three-game scoreless stretch came in 1912 against the Marion Institute.
Junior Jon Keller gets the start on the mound for Alabama on Sunday and went six innings with seven strikeouts. Sophomore Ray Castillio relieved the right hander in the top of the seventh adding three more strikeouts during his two inning stretch. Kyle Overstreet gets his first career save for the Crimson Tide after he takes the mound in the top of the ninth. The sophomore befittingly ended the game with a strikeout securing the win.
“First of all Jonathan Keller was really sharp. That was his fourth real good outing and he gave us six solid innings,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I was real encouraged with Ray Castillo’s outing in the eighth inning. It was nice to get (Kyle) Overstreet his first appearance this year and get his first save of the year. Pitching on the weekend was tremendous, not giving up a run.”
In the bottom of the third inning junior Ben Moore got the Crimson Tide on the board after driving the ball into left field with two players on base (Vincent, White). Moore reached second base on the hit. Junior Wade Wass singled to left center allowing Moore to reach home plate scoring all the runs that the Tide would need for the win. Alabama left seven runners on base on the day.
Alabama is back in Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Tuesday to take on Samford with the first pitch scheduled for 6:00 PM. There are only 23 more games to be played in the current configuration of the baseball complex. Upgrades and expansion are scheduled as soon as the season is over.
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