Bama routs Mississippi Valley State

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama baseball team scored 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning and posted its largest margin of victory this season with a 19-0 shutout win over Mississippi Valley State University Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Alabama scored in every inning except the second and eighth innings as the Delta Devils used seven different pitchers in the game. In addition to the 10-run third inning, Alabama scored three times in the first and three times in the fifth.

The margin of victory was the largest by Alabama since beating Kentucky 26-7 last year in Lexington. The 19-run margin was also the largest margin of victory in a shutout since the Tide drilled Niagara 27-0 in 1999.

Sophomore shortstop Adam Pavkovich led Alabama with a career-high four hits. He added one run and two RBI for the Crimson Tide. He missed the UA single-game record of five hits when he struck out to lead off the eighth inning.

Junior designated hitter Beau Hearod tied an Alabama record with two hits in the third inning and drove in two runs as the Crimson Tide won its fourth straight game. Hearod laced an RBI triple into right-center field off MVSU starter Joseph Liberto and then added a RBI single off releiver Brian Brown. Liberto (3-3) allowed six runs and five hits in two-plus innings suffering the loss for the Delta Devils.

"This was a good win for us tonight," Alabama coach Jim Wells said. "We were able to play a lot of players and that is very good for the team. The 10-run inning was the ultimate big inning. We don't see innings like that very often."

Alabama (15-2) sent 15 batters to the plate in an inning that also saw a 46-minute rain delay. The Crimson Tide also added seven hits against three different MVSU pitchers in the inning.

Jeremy Brown, Carlos Sosa and Adam Pavkovich also tallied one hit and one RBI in the 10-run inning. Sosa had one RBI in each of his frist three plate appearances.

Sophomore right fielder Peter Stonard added three hits for Crimson Tide, including a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Sosa, Hearod and Scott McClanahan finished the game with two hits each to aid the Crimson Tide's 21-hit attack.

Alabama also got outstanding pitching from sophomore left-hander Jeffrey Norris, who made his first career start for the Tide. The Vestavia Hills native tossed six shutouts innings for the Crimson Tide. He scattered five hits, all singles, walked one and struck out eight batters for his first career win.

Sophomore right-hander Landon Brazell threw three scoreless innings in relief of Norris, allowing only two hits. He walked three and struck out one.

MVSU (4-18) managed only seven hits, including six singles against the Crimson Tide. Donnell Robinson led the way with three hits, while Tim Klick added two hits.

Alabama will return to action tonight, hosting Birmingham Southern (13-6) in a 6:30 p.m. game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is expected to start either Jared Woodward or Brent Carter against the Panthers.

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