Three Alabama pitchers toss first nine-inning no-hitter since 1942
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Justin Kamplain, Jay Shaw and Geoffrey Bramblett combined to throw the first 9-inning, no-hitter for Alabama since 1942, as the Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi Valley State 7-0 in the second game of a three game series from Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“What a great accomplishment today by Justin Kamplain, Jay Shaw and (Geoffrey) Bramblett on the back end,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “There hasn’t been a nine inning no-hitter here since 1942, so we’re really proud of those guys. Obviously, when you do that you have to defend the field well and we did that. Kamplain was super sharp today and piled up the strikeouts. It was just a good day. Overall, anytime you throw a no-hitter it’s a great moment for them and our team. It was just a good solid day for us.”
The no-hitter is the eighth in program history and the first since March 31, 1993 when Al Drumheller, John Collins and Brett Sullenberger combined for a six-inning no-hitter against South Florida. It was the first time Alabama had a nine-inning, no-hitter since April 24, 1942, when Eddie Owcar did it against Mississippi.
Starting pitcher Justin Kamplain (2-1) threw the first seven innings, striking out a career-high 12 batters along the way. In the middle of his outing, he struck out nine straight batters and got his last 10 outs of the game with a strikeout, before exiting after seven innings. Shaw allowed a walk in the eighth inning and Bramblett retired all three batters he faced in the ninth. The three pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters.
Jonathan Parker (0-3) was charged with the loss for the Delta Devils after allowing five runs on six hits and three walks in six innings.
Alabama right fielder Ben Moore slugged his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning, and added a pair of singles and three runs scored. Mikey White was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and Austen Smith and Wade Wass both recorded multi-RBI games with three and two, respectively.
After back-to-back leadoff singles from Salem and White in the first inning, Wass drove a double down the right field line to plate the first two runs of the game. After White, Moore, and Kyle Overstreet loaded the bases in the third, Smith singled up the middle to drive in two, making the score 4-0 after three.
Moore’s seventh career home run came with one out in the fifth inning then the Tide capped the scored with a pair of runs in the seventh inning. After reaching on an error, White scored the first on a throwing error by the MVSU left fielder then Moore scored for the third time in the game on a sacrifice fly from Smith.