Bama Pounds MVSU

Three Crimson Tide players hit home runs as the Alabama baseball team got some much needed mid-week revenge Tuesday night, pounding the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 12-1 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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The win was Alabama's first mid-week victory since beating UAB 2-1 at Regions Park on April 4, and its first home mid-week victory since beating MVSU 3-1 on March 21.

Alabama (26-20) scored three runs in the first inning, and Tide starter Patrick Kelly cruised through six innings allowing no runs and just two hits, striking out eight batters and issuing two walks. Brian Griggs worked the final three innings giving up one run, one hit, striking out four and walking three for the three-inning save.

Bama pounded out 18 hits on the evening, including multiple-hit performances by Emeel Salem (3), Brandon May (3), Alex Avila, Kent Matthes, Matt Bentley and Ryan Rhoden. Avila, Rhoden and reserve catcher Brian Clark each hit home runs for the Crimson Tide. Clark's home run was his first hit of the season.

Alabama scored one run in the fourth, and used a five-run sixth inning to blow the game open. Valley scored its only run in the top of the ninth inning.

The Crimson Tide has exploded on offense lately, scoring 10 runs or more in four of its last six games. Prior to the current stretch, Bama has scored in double digits only three times this season.

Alabama will try to keep it going this weekend with a three-game series at Florida this weekend. The Gators are coming off a rough patch after giving up 40 runs an being swept by Vanderbilt last weekend.

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