Russell County's Jay Shaw, two others combine for Alabama no-hitter

FROM STAFF REPORTSMarch 8, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Three Alabama pitchers, including Russell County product Jay Shaw, combined to throw the first nine-inning no-hitter in 71 years Saturday as the Crimson Tide beat Mississippi Valley State 7-0 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Justin Kamplain started and went the first seven innings. Shaw and Geoffrey Bramblett pitched an inning apiece to finish the game.

Kamplain (2-1) struck out a career-high 12 -- in one stretch he struck out nine straight. The Tide finished with 15 strikeouts.

It was the eighth no-hitter in the school's history and the first since March 31, 1993. That was a six-inning no-hitter against South Florida.

The last nine-inning no-hitter was by Eddie Ocware against Ole Miss on April 24, 1942.

" … We're really proud of those guys," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. "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."

Ben Moore hit a homer for the Tide. Austen Smith had three RBIs.

Alabama (8-5) and Mississippi Valley State (0-14) finish the series at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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