Jones, Nelson Lead Bama Baseball Win
Alabama snapped Mississippi Valley State's seven-game winning streak with the win.
Jones put the Tide on the board with a two-run single in the first inning and added RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings against the Delta Devils.
Nelson (2-3) was the story of the night on the mound with a career-high six shutout innings. He held MVSU to two hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Nelson's previous high was 5 1/3 innings against MVSU on April 8, 2008.
Alabama (24-12) jumped on MVSU starter Chris Mills for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead. Josh Rutledge and Ross Wilson started the inning with a pair of one-out singles and both added a stolen base. After Brandon May walked to load the bases, Jones stroked a two-run single to right field to bring home Rutledge and Wilson with the first two runs. A wild pitch moved May and Jones up one base before Kyle Moore added the second two-run single to give the Tide a four-run lead.
The Crimson Tide scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to double its lead to 8-0. Taylor Dugas started the two-out rally with an infield single, his first hit in his last eight at-bats. Rutledge walked on a 3-2 pitch to put runners at first and second before Wilson singled to right to score Dugas with the first run of the inning. May continued his torrid hitting with a two-run double off the left-center field wall to score Rutledge and Wilson and give UA a 7-0 lead. Jones capped the inning with a single up the middle to score May with the final run of the inning.
Mills (3-2) worked four innings and allowed eight runs and 10 hits with eight strikeout and three walks. He threw 119 pitches in the loss.
Alabama added a run in the fifth on Jones' RBI single to left field, his fourth hit and fourth RBI of the game.
Mississippi Valley State (18-15) avoided the shutout with a two-out RBI single by Chris Herron in the top of the seventh inning to score Jeff Squier with the lone run.
Alabama got the run back in the bottom of the inning to stretch its lead to 10-1. Alex Kubal reached on a leadoff single and moved to third on consecutive wild pitches by pitcher Cody Parker. Pinch-hitter Jon Kelton's sacrifice fly scored Kubal from third base.
Austin Evans worked the final three innings for his second save of the season.
The Crimson Tide will begin a five-game road trip at Samford on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CDT) at Joe Lee Griffin Field in Birmingham. MVSU will remain in Tuscaloosa for a Wednesday afternoon game against the Stillman Tigers.
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