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Alabama baseball blasts Alcorn State in two game mid-week series

MVS_BaseUA_03After a dramatic weekend defeating Kentucky with a pair of two-run home runs to take the series the Alabama baseball team defeated Alcorn State in Sewell-Thomas stadium in its two game mid-week game series 17-3 and 12-0.  Alabama continues its impressive pitching with Hawley getting his first career start going seven scoreless innings while the bats continued to put runs on the board. “It was a really clean game and Tucker Hawley went out and gave us a really good start,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We had good bullpen work as well. So I feel like two good clean games in the middle of the week is what you want to see leading into a big weekend.”

The mid-week game has not been as nice to the Crimson Tide in seasons past but with the pitching staff developing into a good rhythm and the offensive side driving the ball picking up runs seemingly at will the baseball team is starting to gain momentum. “For a Tuesday night game, this is what you want to see,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Austen Smith had a big night going 4-for-4. It was good to see the ball leave the yard with two three-run homers in the first inning and we were on the barrel all night.”  Alabama’s 17 runs on Tuesday night were the most it has recorded since the Tide defeated Illinois-Chicago 25-1 on February 27, 2010.MVSU_BBallUA12

On Tuesday the Crimson Tide saw five different pitchers on the night with a total of 13 strikeouts while allowing seven hits and only three runs. Alabama had 14 hits on the night to earn their 17 runs with Jake Smith ending where he left off against Kentucky at the plate going 4-for-4.  “For a Tuesday night game, this is what you want to see,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Austen Smith had a big night going 4-for-4. It was good to see the ball leave the yard with two three-run homers in the first inning and we were on the barrel all night.”

On Wednesday, Jay Shaw relieved Hawley in the top of the eighth but not before the senior strikes out a season high seven batters and allowing only three hits.  Sophomore Mitch Greer came in to relieve Shaw in the top of the ninth to get the save.  The trio of pitchers had ten total strikeouts while only allowing the three hits and no runs.

Alabama had 15 hits on the night with one of those coming from Georgie Salem on his first home run of the season.  Mikey White leading the Tide with a single, double, two RBI and a run scored while several other Crimson Tiders finished the night with two hits each.

MVS_BaseUA_15“It was really good to see the offense in back-to-back nights really respond,” Gaspard said. “There were a lot of good quality at-bats and we were able to put runs on the board. We are really starting to drive the ball and that is good to see.”

Alabama heads to Fayetteville, Ark where they will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks for their second SEC series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

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