Former Walker star Justin Kamplain gets victory in Alabama no-hitter
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Alabama's Justin Kamplain fires a pitch against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Kamplain, a former star at Walker High School, threw seven no-hit innings and was one of three Tide pitches who combined on a no-hitter in the 7-0 victory. Kamplain struck out 12 batters and the Tide had its first nine-inning no-hitter since 1942. Photo from rolltide.com
Alabama's Justin Kamplain fires a pitch against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Kamplain, a former star at Walker High School, threw seven no-hit innings and was one of three Tide pitches who combined on a no-hitter in the 7-0 victory. Kamplain struck out 12 batters and the Tide had its first nine-inning no-hitter since 1942. Photo from rolltide.com
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Justin Kamplain, Jay Shaw and Geoffrey Bramblett combined to throw the first 9-inning, no-hitter for Alabama since 1942, as the Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi Valley State 7-0 in the second game of a three game series from Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Alabama (8-5) and Mississippi Valley State (0-14) will wrap the series up with a 1:05 p.m. start on Sunday.

"What a great accomplishment today by Justin Kamplain, Jay Shaw and (Geoffrey) Bramblett on the back end," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "There hasn't been a nine inning no-hitter here since 1942, so we're really proud of those guys. Obviously, when you do that you have to defend the field well and we did that. Kamplain was super sharp today and piled up the strikeouts. It was just a good day. Overall, anytime you throw a no-hitter it's a great moment for them and our team. It was just a good solid day for us."

The no-hitter is the eighth in program history and the first since March 31, 1993 when Al Drumheller, John Collins and Brett Sullenberger combined for a six-inning no-hitter against South Florida. It was the first time Alabama had a nine-inning, no-hitter since April 24, 1942, when Eddie Owcar did it against Mississippi.

Starting pitcher Justin Kamplain (2-1) threw the first seven innings, striking out a career-high 12 batters along the way. In the middle of his outing, he struck out nine straight batters and got his last 10 outs of the game with a strikeout, before exiting after seven innings. Shaw allowed a walk in the eighth inning and Bramblett retired all three batters he faced in the ninth. The three pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters.

Jonathan Parker (0-3) was charged with the loss for the Delta Devils after allowing five runs on six hits and three walks in six innings.

Alabama right fielder Ben Moore slugged his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning, and added a pair of singles and three runs scored. Mikey White was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and Austen Smith and Wade Wass both recorded multi-RBI games with three and two, respectively.

After back-to-back leadoff singles from Salem and White in the first inning, Wass drove a double down the right field line to plate the first two runs of the game. After White, Moore, and Kyle Overstreet loaded the bases in the third, Smith singled up the middle to drive in two, making the score 4-0 after three.

Moore's seventh career home run came with one out in the fifth inning then the Tide capped the scored with a pair of runs in the seventh inning. After reaching on an error, White scored the first on a throwing error by the MVSU left fielder then Moore scored for the third time in the game on a sacrifice fly from Smith.

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Alabama Game Notes

*The no-hitter is the eighth in school history, the fourth 9-inning no-hitter and the first no-hitter since 1993.

*The last 9-inning no-hitter came on April 24, 1942 when Eddie Owcar did it against Mississippi.

*The no-hitter is the first combined 9-inning no-hitter in school history.

* It's the first no hitter since Al Drumheller, John Collins and Brett Sullenberger combined for a six-inning no-hitter against South Florida in March 31, 1993

*Alabama is in the midst of a four-game winning streak, its longest of the season.

*Alabama is now 19-1 all-time in games played against Mississippi Valley State.

*Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard bolsters his record to 7-1 when facing the Delta Devils.

*The Crimson Tide moves to 8-0 when the lineup provides three or more runs.

*Justin Kamplain struck out a career-high 12 batters, powered by nine consecutive strikeouts from the fifth and to the top of the seventh.

*Georgie Salem extended his hitting streak to six straight games, the longest hitting streak by an Alabama hitter this season.

*Wade Wass knocked in two runners in the first to notch his second multiple RBI game on the season.

*With three RBI, Austen Smith records a team-leading third multi-RBI game of the season.

*Both Ben Moore and White tied their career high for runs scored with three apiece.

*Ben Moore knocked his first home run of the season in his 3-for-4 performance to put together fourth multi hit game of the 2014 season.

*Moore homered for the seventh time in his career on Saturday.