Feb. 19, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. ----- Jacksonville State defeated the UAB baseball team, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Rudy Abbott Field. The Gamecocks scored three runs in back-to-back innings to break the game open.
The Blazers fall to 2-2 on the season, while the Gamecocks improve to 1-3 overall.
Jacksonville State's Casey Antley and Graham Officer combined for a three-hit shutout of the Blazers. Antley pitched six innings allowing two hits while striking out three. Officer pitched the final three innings and allowed only one hit to earn the save.
Alex Luna picked up the loss for the Blazers. Luna, making his first start of the season, gave up all seven JSU runs, six earned, on eight hits in 3.1 innings.
"Casey Antley pitched well today for JSU and we were playing from behind right from the start," said UAB head coach Brian Shoop.
UAB fell behind early after Jacksonville State's Cal Lambert knocked in Michael Bishop, who led-off the bottom of the first inning with a triple, to score the games first fun. After the triple, it appeared as that Luna was going to get out of the inning, recording back-to-back strikeouts before allowing the hit to Lambert.
Luna was in trouble again in the second but got out of the inning unscathed. With runners on second and third with two outs, Lune intentionally walked the Gamecock batter. He was then able to get the next batter to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Jacksonville State extended their lead in the third inning. The Gamecocks began the inning with a single, double, and then a triple to add on two runs. They added on another run during the next at-bat when the runner on third scored on a balk.
The Blazers were retired in order in two of the first three innings with their only base runner reaching on an error. UAB got their first hit in the fourth inning on a single by Ivan De Jesus to give the Blazers runners on first and second with no outs. But JSU was able to set down the next three UAB batters to end the Blazer threat.
The Gamecocks broke the game open in the fourth inning. With two on and no outs, Eddie Mora-Leora hit a three-run homerun to left field to put JSU up 7-0.
UAB put a runner on third base in the fifth and sixth innings but weren't able to come up with the timely hit to get the score.
The Blazers continued to pitch well in relief as the trio of Cory Eller, Sam Kelley and Chase Mallard combined to allow just two hits, three walks and eight strikeouts over the final 4.2 innings.
On the season, the UAB bullpen has surrendered just one run in 16.2 innings or relief.
"We'll come out tomorrow and go through our routine and make sure we're ready to play. We won't do anything different just because we lost today," Shoop said.
UAB and Jacksonville State will conclude the two-game midweek series on Wednesday at Young Memorial Field. Opening pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.