Michael Hovermill Hurls Complete-Game Shutout, Alabama A&M Baseball Tops Mississippi Valley




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HUNTSVILLE – The streak continues.

Jonathan Smith II hit a homer and Michael Hovermilldelivered a strong performance on the mound as Alabama A&M topped Mississippi Valley State 6-0 Friday afternoon to open a Southwestern Athletic Conference series.

With the victory, Alabama A&M extends its winning streak to four games.

“We played well,” Alabama A&M coach Manny Lora said. “There’s a lot to be pleased about.”

Very true.

Alabama A&M (10-20, 6-4 in SWAC) won almost every facet of the game.

On the mound, Hovermill (4-3) was strong. The junior held Mississippi Valley (6-10, 5-5) to six hits while striking out two in the complete-game shutout. He only walked two.

“Everyone played well today,” Hovermill said. “We’re playing well right now.”

Alabama A&M gave its starting pitcher plenty of run support.

Smith drove in Pierre Brewton with an RBI double the bottom of the second inning to give Alabama A&M a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, the Bulldogs rallied for four runs to stretch the cushion to five.

Brandon Moore hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Smith led Alabama A&M with two hits and two RBIs, while Brewton had two hits and an RBI. Dillon RoopStephan SotoKyle Redmond and Will Hampson each added a hit for the Bulldogs.

Alabama A&M hosts Mississippi Valley State on Saturday for Game 2 of the three-game SWAC series.

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