Feb. 19, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB baseball team completed a doubleheader and series sweep of Central Michigan with a 7-2 victory in Saturday's second game at Young Memorial Field.
The Blazers (3-0) received an outstanding effort from starting pitcher Cole Helms who threw a career-high six shutout innings and allowed just two hits while striking out six batters and collecting his first victory of the season. With the loss, the Chippewas fall to 0-3 on the season.
The Blazers put together a strong defensive effort in game two, including several outstanding catches by freshman centerfielder Clint Toomey. UAB was led offensively by Zac Ward (3-for-3, RBI) and Toomey who had two hits and drove in a run.
"It always feels great to sweep a series," said head coach Larry Giangrosso. "You never look to do that, but you do look to win the series. By winning Friday night, we just hoped we could split the doubleheader today since taking two games in the same day is so difficult. But our guys came through and beat a really good team in Central Michigan."
The Blazers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Toomey drew a walk in his first career at-bat and advanced on a single by Dan Stucky. Ward followed with a run-scoring single and an RBI groundout by Nathan McCorkle gave UAB a two-run cushion.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Blazer shortstop Ryan Metcalf legged out a triple off the left field wall and then scored when Toomey bounced a single through the right side of the infield to put UAB up 3-0.
Leading 5-0 in the bottom of the eighth, the Blazers put the game out of reach. Ward ripped a single up the middle, his third hit of the day, and came around to score when pinch-hitter Jacob Legg
launched his first career home run over the right-center field wall.
A two-run home run by Bryan Mitzel off UAB relief pitcher Eric Roberts in the top of the ninth inning was all the scoring Central Michigan could manage in the contest. It was Mitzel's first homer of the season.
The Blazers return to action Wednesday when they host the Crimson Tide of Alabama at 6 p.m. at Young Memorial Field.