TUSCALOOSA, AL -
Jon Keller threw a complete game and held ninth-ranked Mississippi to one run, as the No. 30 Alabama Crimson Tide completed a series sweep over the Rebels with a 3-1 Southeastern Conference victory on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
With their first series sweep over a top-15 SEC opponent since 2009, Alabama moves to 19-8 overall and 6-3 in SEC play. Ole Miss’ loss drops the Rebels record to 21-8 overall with a 4-5 conference mark.
“Jon Keller did a great job today, as the game got deeper, he got stronger,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I had to make a decision in the ninth, as he was around 100 pitches, but you could see it in his eyes that he wanted that game and he wanted to finish it. With him being a bulldog and trusting him, we stayed with him and he delivered there in the ninth and finished it off.”
Keller (5-1) continued his strong pitching with his longest career outing, limiting the Rebels to one run on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. The south paw from Maylene, Ala., threw the first Alabama complete game since March 30, 2012, throwing 116 total pitches, while lowing his season ERA to 1.50, the lowest mark of any of Alabama’s weekend starters.
Kyle Overstreet remained the Tide’s hottest hitter, as he notched a single, double, and a run scored to extend his team season-long hitting streak to 11 games. 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 RBI and two runs scored.
Ben Moore, who finished the series 6-for-11 (.545), posted a pair of singles and a run scored. Mikey White’s only hit of the game was a solo home run in the fourth inning and Wade Wass was 1-for-3 with an RBI single.