Bama slams SEMO, 16-1

Beau Hearod, Evan Bush and Adam Pavkovich combined for seven hits and 10 RBI leading the University of Alabama baseball to an easy 16-1 win over the Southeast Missouri State Indians Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Hearod collected two hits, including his third career grand slam in the fourth inning as Alabama jumped out to a 9-0 lead after four innings.

Hearod's grand slam came on a 1-1 pitch off right-hander Ryan Forsyth with one out in the fourth inning. Travis Garner singled to right and moved to third on Pavkovich's double to left-center field. Brad Van Winkle walked to load the bases and set the table for Hearod.

The senior from Jennings, La., clubbed his team-leading fourth home run, giving him one home run in three of his last four games. In addition to the home runs, Hearod has a team-best 13 RBI to pace the Crimson Tide offense.

Dating back to last season, Hearod has six home runs and 18 RBI in his last seven games for Alabama.

Bush delivered a pair of doubles and five RBI for the Crimson Tide on Sunday. The Gadsden, Ala., native ripped a three-run double in the sixth inning and added an RBI double in the eighth inning. Earlier in the game, he plated a run with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Bush finished the game with a career high two hits and five RBI just six games into his UA career.

Pavkovich added three hits and one RBI for Alabama, giving him six hits and three RBI in the first two games of the series. In addition to his double and run scored in the fourth, Pavkovich added an RBI single in the seventh and collected his second double of the game in the eighth.

Alabama (4-2) also got strong pitching from sophomore left-hander Brent Carter, who posted his second career complete game win.

Carter (1-1) worked nine innings, allowing one earned run and five hits, with one walk and a career high nine strikeouts.

SEMO (1-1) managed four singles and one double against Carter and scored their only run of the game in the sixth inning. Brian Hopkins singled and scored on Zack Borowiak's two-out double for the only blemish against Carter.

The Crimson Tide scored twice in the second inning and added three runs in the third and four more in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead. Alabama punched three more runs across the plate in the sixth and added one in the seventh and three more in the eighth.

Junior catcher Bobby Burns became the sixth player in Alabama history to hit a home run in his first collegiate at-bat leading off the third inning.

Sophomore Spencer Pennington entered the game in the sixth inning and singled and scored in his only at-bat in the eighth inning.

Redshirt freshman Trey Moody (Huntsville) made his Alabama debut and collected an RBI double in his first collegiate at-bat in the eighth inning.

Southeast starter Jon Nourie (0-1) took the loss, allowing five earned runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings, with five walks and four strikeouts.

The two teams will close out this three-game series on Monday at 2 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama will host Miss. Valley State on Wednesday night (6:30 p.m.) and entertains Rhode Island next weekend in Tuscaloosa.

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