Baseball Defeats Mississippi Valley State 8-0

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Taylor Dugas was 3-for-4 with his record setting 65th double in game 1 of the doubleheader.
Taylor Dugas was 3-for-4 with his record setting 65th double in game 1 of the doubleheader.

April 18, 2012

Box Score

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team won the first game of a two-part doubleheader versus the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils by a score of 8-0 in seven innings on Wednesday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the victory the Crimson Tide runs it record to 14-23 on the season while the Delta Devils fall to 8-29.

Senior centerfielder Taylor Dugas set another UA batting record, registering his 65th career double in the fourth inning to break Dave Magadan’s 29-year career doubles record. Dugas, who set the Alabama record for career triples earlier this season, was 3-for-4 at the plate with one run and one RBI to pace the Tide’s eight-run, 13-hit attack on the day.

Freshman Ben Moore totaled a 2-for-4, two run, two RBI day at the plate, while senior James Tullidge added two runs on two hits, including his fourth career double.

Sophomore right handed pitcher Case Nixon (1-1) earned the first victory of his UA career, pitching 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out two. Trey Lacy (1-8) took the loss for the Delta Devils.

The Crimson Tide plated two runs in the first inning, opening the game with four consecutive singles, to take an early 2-0 lead. Reaves and Moore collected Alabama’s two RBI in the inning, scoring Dugas and Gregory, respectively, to get the Tide on the board.

From there Alabama added a run in the third on Jon Kelton’s RBI single and a run in the fourth on Dugas’ record-setting 65th career double. James Tullidge led off the fourth inning with a ground-rule double before Dugas brought him home with a ground-rule RBI double of his own to make the score 4-0 and break Magadan’s 29-year record.

The Tide then notched three more in the fifth courtesy of two Delta Devil errors to push the advantage to 7-0. With the bases loaded and two outs, Dugas ripped a sharp grounder that squirted under the glove of the MVSU first baseman, allowing Cameron Carlisle, who opened the inning with a walk to score from third. From there, the relay throw by the Delta Devil right fielder went awry, allowing both Booth and Tullidge to come around and score.

Moore added a solo home run in the sixth, his second of the year, to make it 8-0 and cap the scoring.

Ian Gardeck and Jay Shaw combined to pitch a scoreless sixth and seventh inning in relief of Nixon, to seal the victory.

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Alabama 8, Miss. Valley State 0 (Apr 18, 2012 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.) (Game 1)
Miss. Valley State.. 000 000 0 -  0  3  2      (8-29)
Alabama............. 201 131 X -  8 13  2      (14-23)
Pitchers: Miss. Valley State - LACY, Trey; STADY, Kameron(4) and FANGONILO, Nikolas. Alabama -
Case Nixon; Ian Gardeck(6); Jay Shaw(7) and Brett Booth.
Win-Case Nixon(1-1)  Loss-LACY, Trey(1-8)  T-1:26  A-0
HR UA - Ben Moore (2).
Weather: 75, partly cloudy. W:9 NNW