Sweep Complete as Alabama Defeats Valparaiso, 11-1, on Sunday

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The Tide scored in six of the seven innings for the run-rule victory

2/25/2024

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball earned a weekend sweep of Valparaiso thanks to an 11-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The 17th-ranked Crimson Tide is now 8-0 on the young season.

Valparaiso got out front early for a second straight day, plating one run in the top of the first. Alabama answered with a two-spot in the home half and proceeded to score in six of the seven innings for the run-rule victory. The Tide tallied two runs apiece in the second, third, sixth and seventh with one run scored in the fourth for the final score of 11-1.

TJ McCants and Evan Sleight tied for the team lead in RBI with three apiece. McCants finished 2-for-5 with two home runs and two runs scored to go with his RBI, while Sleight led the Tide in hits thanks to a perfect 3-for-3 showing that included a walk and one run scored along with the RBI. Gage Miller and Will Hodo each tied for the lead in runs scored with three apiece, with Miller adding his third home run in as many games.

Greg Farone (1-0) got the win for UA, working his scheduled 3.0 innings. He allowed one run on two hits with five strikeouts in his shortened outing before handing it over to the bullpen. The trio of Austin Morris, Braylon Myers and Pierce George held Valpo scoreless over the final 4.0 frames while combining for five strikeouts.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn
"This was obviously a really good end to a great weekend. We talk a lot about just trying to be a better version of ourselves – whether that means play better, play cleaner or be more efficient with what we are doing – and I thought we did that all weekend."

How It Happened
  • T1 | The Beacons got on the board with a two-out RBI-single. (1-0, Valparaiso)
  • B1 | Gage Miller led off with a single and moved all the way to third on an infield groundout. A hit-by-pitch in the next at-bat put two aboard for Evan Sleight, with the right fielder hammering a two-run double into the corner in left to give the Tide the lead. (2-1, Alabama)
  • B2 | Miller recorded his second hit of the day, this one a homer into the playground in left to score a pair. He crossed Justin Lebron, who opened the inning with a single to right. (4-1, Alabama)
  • B3 | Three straight singles to start the third brought in one run, as Mason Swinney sent his through the left side to score the leadoff man, Will Hodo. After a flyout advanced a man to third, a sacrifice fly from Lebron brought in one more. (6-1, Alabama)
  • B4 | The inning began with a throwing error on a grounder from Miller, allowing the leadoff man to move to second on the play. He moved up another 90 feet on a flyout before a single from Ian Petrutz plated him. (7-1, Alabama)
  • B6 | TJ McCants led off the frame with a solo homer to center. One out later, a walk to Hodo put a man aboard before a double from Sleight crossed one more. (9-1, Alabama)
  • B7 | Lebron was hit by a pitch to put a runner on for McCants. The Tide center fielder ended the game early with a two-run homer to straightaway center. (11-1, Alabama)
Postgame Notes
  • Alabama has now won 17 straight games in the month of February with the last loss coming on Feb. 27, 2021.
  • The Crimson Tide has also won 25 consecutive games at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in the month of February.
  • Seven of Alabama's nine starters recorded at least one hit on the day.
  • UA's offense has registered double-digit hits and runs in six of the eight games this season, including four straight following today's win.
  • Gage Miller extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single to start today's ballgame. Over that stretch, the junior is batting .464 (13-28) with five home runs, 14 RBI, 15 runs, one walk and a hit-by-pitch.
  • Miller has now homered in three straight games and five of his last six games overall.
  • With his 2-for-5 day, TJ McCants extended his hitting streak to eight games. Over the current streak, the senior is batting .433 (13-30) with three doubles, one triple, five homers, 17 RBI, 11 runs scored, five walks and four stolen bases.
  • McCants put together a two-homer effort, the first by a Tide hitter since Colby Shelton against Wake Forest on June 11 of last season.
  • The senior center fielder homered in consecutive at-bats. It marked the first time Alabama has had a player go deep in two straight plate appearances since Shelton at Texas A&M on May 12 last year.
  • ATTENDANCE: 3,829
Alabama will now take to the road for the upcoming week. The Crimson Tide will first travel to UAB on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for a 6 p.m. CT matchup at Regions Field. Following the midweek matchup, the Tide will head to Frisco, Texas, for the Frisco Classic from March 1-3.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabmaBSB on X/Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at Alabama Baseball. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on X/Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.


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