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Alabama wins first road sweep vs. Rebels since 1997

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OXFORD, Miss. - Alabama baseball completed the series sweep of seventh-ranked Ole Miss with a 7-3 win over the Rebels on Sunday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium. The win moves the Crimson Tide to 21-12 overall and 7-5 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama got out front early, scoring one in the first and two in the third. Ole Miss cut into the lead three innings later with a two-run home run in the sixth. Both teams posted one apiece in the seventh, with UA adding one in the eighth on an Andrew Pinckney solo homer, and then a pair in the ninth thanks to a two-run bomb from Zane Denton.

Denton led the Alabama offense with three RBI as part of his 2-for-5 afternoon that included a double and one run to go with the homer. Pinckney finished his day 2-for-4, matching Denton with a double and homer, and contributed one RBI to go with a team-high tying two runs scored. Tommy Seidl also homered on Sunday, finishing 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored on his solo shot in the seventh.

Grayson Hitt (3-0) provided the Tide with another strong start on Sunday to pick up his third win of the year. The sophomore allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with a career-high eight strikeouts across a career-long 6.1 innings of work. Hunter Hoopes and Landon Green followed with the duo combining for the final 2.2 innings, keeping the Rebels off the board while allowing one hit and a walk to go with three strikeouts.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"This was another great, well-rounded performance by our club today. Grayson Hitt gave us the best start of his career, and (Hunter) Hoopes and (Landon) Green were outstanding out of the bullpen. We are getting offensive production up and down the lineup, and we are playing with great energy. I'm really happy for our kids."

How It Happened

  • T1 | Jim Jarvis walked to start the inning before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Zane Denton brought the leadoff man home one out later with an RBI-double to left-center. (1-0, Alabama)
  • T3 | Andrew Pinckney started the Tide's two-out rally with a double to left with Bryce Eblin reaching on a hit-by-pitch in the next at-bat. Both runners then came in to score on a two-run double from Dominic Tamez. (3-0, Alabama)
  • B6 | Tim Elko recorded a two-run home run for the Rebels. (3-2, Alabama)
  • T7 | Tommy Seidl added a run with a solo homer to start the seventh. (4-2, Alabama)
  • B7 | A solo home run by Kemp Alderman cut into the Tide lead. (4-3, Alabama)
  • T8 | Andrew Pinckney sent a ball over the wall in right for an opposite-field solo home run. (5-3, Alabama)
  • T9 | Jarvis led off the inning with a single. Then, with two down, Denton hammered the first pitch he saw deep over the wall in straightaway center to widen the gap. (7-3, Alabama)

Postgame Notes

  • This weekend's sweep of Ole Miss is the first by the Crimson Tide since March 28-30, 2014, when Alabama took down the ninth-ranked Rebels in Tuscaloosa.
  • The sweep is Alabama's first in Oxford since May 3-4, 1997.
  • The SEC series sweep is UA's first in conference play since April 9-11 of last season at Texas A&M.
  • Alabama's sweep of the seventh-ranked Rebels is the Tide's first series sweep of a ranked SEC team since May 6-7, 2017, when UA took down fourth-ranked Auburn in Auburn.
  • Alabama has won eight of the last nine games, including a season-high six straight.
  • The Crimson Tide pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts on Sunday. Alabama's arms have struck out 10-or-more batters in in 17 games this season, including 10 of the last 13 contests and four straight matchups.
  • Grayson Hitt worked a career-long 6.1 innings in his start. Hitt's previous high for innings was 6.0 at Mississippi State on March 27 of this season.
  • Hitt also struck out a career-high eight batters. The sophomore's previous high for strikeouts was seven in his start against Binghamton on March 13.
  • Jim Jarvis has reached in 22 straight SEC games dating back to May 2 of last season at Missouri.
  • Tommy Seidl has reached base safely in 15 straight games dating back to the Tide's March 18 contest against Florida.
  • Jarvis and Seidl have gotten aboard in all 12 SEC games for the Crimson Tide this season.
  • Andrew Pinckney has reached base safely in 13 straight games overall dating back to March 20.
  • Drew Williamson's hitting streak came to an end at eight games. Over that stretch, the senior batted .481 (13-27) with two doubles, two home runs (one grand slam), 13 RBI, 11 runs scored and eight walks.
  • Williamson's streak of SEC games with a hit also ended at six games. Over the streak, Williamson batted .524 (11-21) with two doubles, two homers (one grand slam), 11 RBI, nine runs scored and seven walks.

Next up for Alabama is a midweek matchup with Belmont on Tuesday, April 12. The Crimson Tide and Bruins are scheduled for a 3 p.m. CT first pitch at Sewell-Thomas Stadium with the game airing on SEC Network+.