Feb. 20, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the late offensive burst was not enough as the Blazers fell to Jacksonville State, 7-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Young Memorial Field.
UAB (2-3) trailed 7-0 entering the last of the ninth, as Jacksonville State (2-3) gained its lead by scoring all seven runs over the first three frames.
The Blazers loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and scored their first run of the night on a Griffin Gum sacrifice fly to avoid the shutout. Following Ryan Prinzing being a hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Ivan De Jesus clubbed a bases clearing double to pull UAB within three runs.
With the tying run on deck, JSU called on Travis Stout to get the final out of the game. The right-hander faced John Frost who rocketed a pitch to left field, but was hauled in on the warning track by leftfielder Ty Pierce to close out the contest.
Taylor Shields (1-1) earned the victory for the Gamecocks, pitching five shutout innings, allowing three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
UAB starter Ruben Tresgallo (0-1) suffered the loss, going 1.1 innings, surrendering three earned runs off two hits and three walks.
JSU jumped out early, scoring in the top of the first on a Griff Gordan RBI triple. The Gamecocks tacked on two in the second on a Stephen Bartlett two-run homer before adding four unearned runs in the third.
The Gamecocks' bats were quieted the rest of the way, as the last four UAB pitchers kept JSU off the scoreboard.
Jeff Schalk and Harry Clark each recorded a pair of hits, while De Jesus knocked in three and extended his hitting streak to five games on the season.
The Blazers are off until Friday, when they host a three-game series against the Xavier Musketeers. First pitch of game one is slated for 3 p.m. CT at Young Memorial Field.