Feb. 16, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- James Naile and Dylan Munger combined for a four-hit shutout of Southern Illinois Saturday afternoon to help UAB to a 1-0 victory at Young Memorial Field. Tanner Bryant knocked in the game’s only run in the sixth inning scoring Tyler Mims on a single up the middle.
In his first career start for UAB (1-1), Naile (1-0) tossed six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out two to pick up the win.
“When Naile’s going good he’s got a little bit of a (former Blazer) Dillon Napoleon in him because he has that sink going. But he was great today and that was a great first outing. Dylan wasn’t completely sharp but his stuffs so good anyway,” said UAB Head Coach Brian Shoop. “It was a tough day to hit and it was a good pitching win for our club.”
Naile set the tone early retiring eight of the first nine batters he faced with the lone Salukis to reach base eventually being part of a 4-6-3 double play turned by Wes Kent, Tanner Bryant, and Tyler Mims to end the second inning.
“We worked very hard on keeping the ball down and attacking the stikezone and it paid off. In the cold weather I knew that pounding the strikezone was going to be the most effective way to get outs,” said Naile.
SIU’s first scoring opportunity came in the top half of the fourth inning. After Matt Jones single with two outs, Ryan Casillas reached on a UAB throwing error to put runners on first and second. During the next at-bat, Naile was able to pick off a Saluki napping on the bases to end the threat.
The Blazers were finally able to break through in the sixth inning. After Mims was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Jeff Schalk hit a slow dribbler to third and the Saluki third basemen made an errant throw to first which allowed both Blazers to advance an extra base. Bryant was able to capitalize on the error for UAB, hitting a single up the middle to score the game’s first and only run. Jacob German hit a fly ball to right field in the next at-bat but Southern Illinois’ Austin Montgomery threw a strike to catcher Luke Mottashed to tag out Schalk at home and keep the UAB lead to 1-0.
Munger came on in relief for Naile in the seventh inning and allowed just one hit to earn hist first save of the season.
“Me and Munger are best friends and it’s awesome to be able to hand the ball off to him. I trust him fully, he is a great pitcher and he is going to have a great season this year. He did his thing and that makes it fun for me to just watch and relax,” added Naile.
SIU starter Cody Forsythe gave up six hits and two walks but didn’t allow any Blazer to cross home plate to get the no-decision. Matt Murphy was given the loss for the Salukis allowing the one unearned run in the sixth inning.
Davis, who went 1-for-5 on Friday, tied a new career high with three hits. De Jesus picked up two more hits today to give him four on the season.
The Blazers and Salukis will meet in the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.