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Keller, Alabama sweep Ole Miss

 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jon Keller threw a complete-game seven-hitter Sunday to lead the Alabama baseball team to a 3-1 victory against No. 13 Ole Miss at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. 

 

The victory helped Alabama (19-8) sweep the three-game weekend series and move into a tie with Mississippi State atop the Southeastern Conference's Western Division with a 6-3 record. 

 

Keller (5-1) walked three and struck out seven in a 116-pitch outing. The left-hander from Maylene, Ala., threw the first Alabama complete game since March 30, 2012, throwing 116 pitches, while lowing his season ERA to 1.50, the lowest mark of any of Alabama's weekend starters. 

 

The sweep was Alabama's first against a top-15 SEC opponent since 2009. Ole Miss dropped to 21-8 and 4-5 in the SEC. 

 

Kyle Overstreet had a single, double, and a run scored to extend his team season-long hitting streak to 11 games for Alabama. The three-hit performance was also his team leading 10th multi-hit game of the season. Alabama's sophomore second baseman hit .500 (5-for-10) in the series with three doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored. 

 

Ben Moore, who finished the series 6-for-11 (.545), had two singles and a run scored. Mikey White had a solo home run in the fourth inning and Wade Wass was 1-for-3 with an RBI single. 

 

Sam Smith (3-2) surrendered three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss. He struck out three. Sikes Orvis and Will Allen had two hits, while Colby Bortles scored the Rebels' run. 

 

n On Saturday, Hunter Webb delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give Alabama a 6-5 victory. 

 

After neither team was able to pull a run across in the ninth, each team scored in the 10th inning. Ole Miss used a pinch-hit single from Holt Perdzock, who advanced to second on an error. Orvis delivered a single off reliever Taylor Guilbeau to give the Rebels a 5-4 lead. Echoing their eighth-inning comeback, White walked and Moore was hit by pitch. Overstreet had a sacrifice bunt and Wass was intentionally walked to load the bases. Austen Smith tied the game with a sacrifice fly to first field to set up Webb's heroics.

 

 

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