MOBILE — The University of Alabama swept a Saturday baseball doubleheader at Stanky Field to secure a three-game series sweep over the University of South Alabama baseball team.
Alabama (10-2) took game one of the doubleheader, 10-5, to clinch the series, and secured the three-game sweep with a 6-1 victory in the series finale against South Alabama (4-5).
The series was moved to a Saturday doubleheader because of predicted inclement weather on Sunday when the third and final game of the series was originally scheduled to be played.
In the first game Saturday, South Alabama scored a first-inning run and then loaded the bases, but Alabama right-handed reliever Kyle Cameron, with two outs, struck out a batter to keep the Jaguars at bay.
Alabama tied the game, 1-1, when Tyler Gentry led off the top of the second with a single, and eventually scored on a throwing error in right field following a single from Kolby Robinson. Justin King scored in the top of the fourth on a leadoff solo home run to right field. Brett Auerback, who doubled to left field to get on base, scored on an RBI single to center field by Morgan McCullough. Gentry hit a two-run home run to left field in the top of the seventh. McCullough hit an RBI triple in the eighth inning, and Gentry hit an RBI double to give Alabama’s its eighth run. Johnny Hawk hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to give Alabama its final runs.
In the 6-1 win in the second game, Alabama scored four runs in the top of the second inning and two in the seventh.
Alabama right-hander Brock Love (1-0) threw 4 2/3 shutout innings and allowed one hit while striking out a career-high 11 batters against one walk to earn the win in second game.
Alabama’s three-game sweep marked the first time the Jaguars have been swept at Stanky Field since 2014.