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Alabama Baseball takes series against MVSU with no-hitter

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The Alabama Baseball team took the series against Mississippi Valley State today following the win Friday night 8-0 and on Saturday 7-0.

On Friday Senior right hander Tucker Hawley picked up the save as he blanked the Delta Devils in the last two innings to complete the shutout.  The Delta Devils starter Connor Sheppard (0-4) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in five innings.

Austen Smith started the scoring a double to right center scoring Overstreet who was on second in the second inning. Smith doubled again in the fourth making him the first Crimson Tide player this season with a pair of doubles in a game. Smith finished the night 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.MVSU_BBallUA09

Alabama scored two more runs in each of the fifth and sixth inning and then three more in the seventh to finish out the offensive battle. Ben Moore, Wade Wass, and Will Haynie also doubled in the game to combine for a season-high team total of five two-baggers for the Tide.

“Offensively, we hit some balls hard, especially in the front part of the game, but they ran them down and made some nice plays, but we were able to open it up in the middle part,” Gaspard said.  “Overall it was a good, clean game. We pitched it well and obviously no errors were good to see as well.”

On Saturday the big story of the game was the combined pitching shut-out by the Crimson Tide.  Junior Justin Kamplain got the start for Alabama going seven innings with 12 strike-outs out of 24 batters. Junior Jay Shaw came in to relieve his fellow classman in the seventh getting one more “K” with freshman Geoffrey Bramblett getting two more strike-outs in the ninth and getting the save while also securing the shut-out.  The nine-inning no-hitter was the programs first since 1942.

MVSU_BBallUA13“What a great accomplishment today by Justin Kamplain, Jay Shaw and (Geoffrey) Bramblett on the back end,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “There hasn’t been a nine inning no-hitter here since 1942, so we’re really proud of those guys. Obviously, when you do that you have to defend the field well and we did that. Kamplain was super sharp today and piled up the strikeouts. It was just a good day. Overall, anytime you throw a no-hitter it’s a great moment for them and our team. It was just a good solid day for us.”

Alabama improved to 8-5 while MVSU fell to 0-14. The 3-game series concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

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