Feb. 19, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB baseball team held on for a 6-5 victory over Central Michigan in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers came back from an early deficit and defeated the Chippewas for the second straight day. Ryan Metcalf and Dan Stucky each knocked in two runs for the Blazers while Ryan Huffman picked up the save with four innings of shutout relief.
Central Michigan jumped on the Blazers early, touching up UAB starter Jeff Brown for three runs in the top of the first. Brown retired the inning's first two batters, but a double by Jim Geldhof followed by three consecutive walks and a single by David Latour gave the Chippewas an early advantage.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Metcalf got the Blazers on the board with a solo home run off the scoreboard in left field.
After the Blazers scored again to pull within two runs, Central Michigan pushed a run across in the top of the fifth. Geldhof led the inning off with a single, stole second and scored on a base hit by shortstop Troy Moratti.
UAB bounced right back and batted around in the bottom of the fifth inning. Seth Rollin was hit by a pitch leading off and J.R. Bond followed with double to the right-center field wall. Metcalf then hit a dribbler past the pitcher's mound which no one could make a play on and allowed Rollin to plate the Blazers' third run. With two outs, and runners on second and third after a wild pitch, Stucky laced a two-strike double into the right-center field gap, scoring Knight and Metcalf and tying the game at five. Ward then reached on an error and Nathan McCorkle drew a walk to load the bases. After a Central Michigan pitching change, Cole Helms also drew a walk and gave the Blazers their first lead of the game at 6-5.
Huffman came on to pitch the final four innings for the Blazers, allowing just one hit and no runs to earn the first save of his career. Brown started and allowed five runs in five innings, but picked up the victory.
Game two of the doubleheader will begin at approximately 4 p.m. at Young Memorial Field.