April 21, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama baseball team swept both ends of today’s traditional doubleheader vs. Mississippi Valley State, following up game one’s 3-1 win with a commanding 16-5 victory in game two.
Starters Nick Eicholtz and Will Carter combined for 12.0 strong innings of work, while Georgie Salem collected a team-best four hits, including two triples, four RBI and three runs scored. With today’s two victories, Alabama improves to 22-18 on the season.
“It’s always good to win, but when you win two in a day, that’s even better,” said Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard. “I think our team understands what’s at stake, and they have a sense of urgency. All these wins are big for us right now.”
Nick Eicholtz’ strong 7.0 innings of work helped propel the Tide to a 3-1 win over Mississippi Valley State in game one of Tuesday afternoon’s doubleheader. In just his third start of the season, Eicholtz turned in a career-high 7.0 quality frames to help stamp the victory.
Eicholtz scattered just three hits, holding the Delta Devils to only one run while striking out five. The Tide also received 2.0 scoreless innings of relief from right-hander Ray Castillo, who notched his fourth save of the season in his team-leading 17th appearance out of the bullpen.
“It was good for Nick to go seven innings,” said Gaspard of his game-one starter. “You could see his confidence building throughout the game. Including today, he’s had two or three really good outings, and that’s what we want to see. Ray pitched really well, too. He came in and shut it down for us to help us get the first win of the day.”
Mikey White and Chance Vincent each turned in multi-hit efforts for the Tide. White finished the evening 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Vincent wrapped up game one 2-for-3 with a double. Georgie Salem and Kyle Overstreet each registered an RBI apiece to round out the Crimson Tide scoring.
The Tide followed up the game one win with a commanding 16-5 victory to sweep today’s doubleheader with the Delta Devils. The Alabama offense plated seven runs in the bottom of the first, and built a 10-0 lead by the end of the second in support of a strong outing from starter Will Carter.
Alabama sent 11 batters to the plate in the home half of the first, plating seven runs on five hits — including a pair of triples – and three walks. The Tide’s three-four-five hitters strung together three consecutive RBI-hits resulting in four runs, before Salem and Vincent capped the frame with a pair of RBI-singles.
The Tide plated another three runs in the bottom of the second to build a 10-0 cushion in support of Carter. The junior righty followed Eicholtz’ dominant performance in game one with a strong outing of his own, striking out six and limiting the Delta Devils to just three runs on eight hits over 5.0 innings. Carter surrendered three runs in the third, but held Mississippi Valley State scoreless in each of his other final four frames of work.
“It was good to get two wins today,” Gaspard added. “Our focus right now will immediately shift to Ole Miss. This series in Oxford is a really big one for both teams.”
Alabama will travel to Oxford for a three-game, weekend series at Ole Miss. Saturday’s contest will air on SEC Network, while Sunday will be televised on ESPN. Friday’s series opener will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT with Saturday scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT. First pitch for Sunday’s series final will come at Noon CT.
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