Tide destroys Miss Valley State, 21-0

TUSCALOOSA -- The Alabama Crimson Tide had its biggest offensive performance of the season Thursday night en route to an 21-0 win over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Thursday night.

Alabama collected a season-high 19 hits and did not commit an error in its win over the MVSU. The Crimson Tide beat the Delta Devils 19-0 last year here in Tuscaloosa.

The 21 runs were the most by Alabama since beating Kentucky 26-7 in Lexington during the 2001 season. The margin of victory was the largest by Alabama since beating UAB 30-4 in Birmingham during the 1999 season. In that win over UAB, Alabama tied the NCAA record with 13 home runs.

Senior right fielder Beau Hearod continued his hitting assault with two hits and five RBI, including his team-leading fifth home run of the season.

Hearod collected a sacrifice fly in Alabama's five-run third inning and added a two-run home run to right field in the fourth. He closed out the night with a two-run double in the fifth.

The Jennings, La., native leads Alabama with five home runs and 20 RBI in eight games this season. He has homered in five of the Crimson Tide's eight games this season and six of his last nine games, dating back to last year.

Shortstop Adam Pavkovich kept pace with Hearod, collecting three hits and three RBI in the win. The Venice, Fla., native doubled and scored in the third and added a two-run double in the six-run fifth inning. He hit his third home run of the season in the eighth inning to give UA a 19-0 lead.

Sophomore second baseman Allen Rice had three hits, including his first career home run in the second inning. The Pelham, Ala., native slapped a three-run home run with one out in the inning to give UA a 4-0 lead. It was Rice's first career home run in 190 at-bats.

Rice added an RBI single in the third inning and singled and scored in the fifth inning to finish the game with a season-high three hits and four RBI.

Alabama used 17 position players in the win over MVSU and several players recorded milestone hits for the Crimson Tide.

A pair of football players notched their first hits for Alabama in the win. Freshman center fielder Brandon Avalos singled and scored in the fifth inning and junior second baseman Shaud Williams doubled for his first career hit in the seventh inning.

In addition to Avalos and Williams, junior first baseman Nathan Meiners collected an RBI single in the Tide's three-run eighth inning for his first career hit.

On the mound, two newcomers made the most of their opportunity against the Valley as junior right-hander Seth Johnson earned the win in his first career start and redshirt freshman Dewayne Marlowe pitched three scoreless innings of effective relief for a rulebook save, the first of his career.

Johnson (1-0) retired the first eight batters he faced and pitched six shutout innings, allowing only two singles and adding six strikeouts. Marlowe allowed one single in three innings and added one strikeout.

After a scoreless first inning, Alabama scored four times in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Right fielder Beau Hearod walked and stole second to open the inning and moved to third on Zac Welch's base hit to left field.

Hearod scored on a balk by starting pitcher Jonathan Grantham to give UA a 1-0 lead. Third baseman Evan Bush walked to put runners on the corners and second baseman Allen Rice followed with a three-run home run to right field to extend the lead to 4-0.

The three-run home run was the first career home run for the Pelham, Ala., native, a span of 190 career at-bats.

Grantham (0-2) lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs and five hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.

Alabama (6-2) added five more runs in the third to take a 9-0 lead. Shortstop Adam Pavkovich doubled and scored on designated hitter Brad Van Winkle's triple into the right field corner. Hearod delivered a sacrifice fly to score Van Winkle and give UA a 6-0 lead.

Two errors by MVSU shortstop Tee Thomas and an RBI single to right field by Rice pushed the Crimson Tide lead to nine runs.

Alabama made an 11-0 game in the fourth on a Van Winkle single followed by a two-run home run by Hearod. In eight games, Hearod leads Alabama with five home runs and 18 RBI. The Jennings, La., native has homered in five of eight games this season and six of nine dating back to last year.

The Crimson Tide tacked on six more run in the fifth inning to build a 17-0 lead. Pavkovich and Hearod had two-run doubles in the inning and left fielder Grant Redding added an RBI single. All six runs came with two outs.

Bama capped the scoring with three runs in the eighth inning on Pavkovich's home run and RBI singles by Grant Redding and Meiners.

Van Winkle, Redding and Welch and two hits each for the Crimson Tide as six UA players had two or more hits in the win. Welch extended his hitting streak to a team-high six games.

The Crimson Tide returns to action Friday night at 6:30 p.m. as they host the Rhode Island Rams (0-4) in the first game of a three-game set at the Joe. Sophomore lefty Taylor Tankersley (1-0, 2.25 ERA) will make his third start of the season for Alabama.


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