Feb. 21, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB (3-0) got 10 runs on 12 hits and benefited from four Murray State errors in defeating the Thoroughbreds 10-5 in baseball action Saturday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers, who carried over a three-game winning streak from last season, are now winners of six in a row, including six straight at home, dating back to last season.
Murray State (0-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Tyler Pittman put the Thoroughbreds' first run on the board with a solo home run to right field. Later in the inning, third baseman James Akin singled to left center field, scoring shortstop Alex Stewart and designated hitter Derrick Newton.
UAB answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Right fielder Cole Helms doubled to left center field, bringing in first baseman Daniel Hill and designated hitter Nathan McCorkle.
The Blazers tied the score in the bottom of the third inning. Center fielder Sam Clark singled up the middle, scoring left fielder Matt Womble.
UAB took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Third baseman Zac Ward grounded out to third base, allowing catcher Eugene Rodriguez to score from third base. Later in the inning, second baseman Josh Miljavac grounded out to second base, allowing Womble to score his second run of the day. UAB led 5-3.
The Blazers added five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Helms doubled to left center field, allowing McCorkle to score UAB's first run of the inning. Helms later scored on a fielding error by Stewart. Later in the inning, Clark grounded out to the shortstop, allowing Rodriguez to score his second run of the game. Miljavac followed with a single to short, allowing Womble to score his third run of the day. Ward scored the Blazers' final run on a wild pitch by West Harris. UAB led 10-3.
Murray State picked up two runs in the top of the ninth inning. Right fielder Clint Griggs singled up the middle, allowing pinch hitter Ike Bridwell to score the Thoroughbreds' first run of the inning. Pittman then singled to second base, scoring pinch hitter Josh Foreman.
Jacob Legg (1-0) picked up the win for UAB after coming on in relief of Blazer starter Grant Addison in the top of the sixth inning. Legg worked four innings and gave up two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five. Addison pitched five innings and allowed three runs on four hits, walked two and struck out three.
"Grant (Addison) settled down after the first inning and threw four shut-out innings," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso. "I thought Jacob (Legg) came on and did a good job. We continue to score. Overall, we are pleased. We felt like we played pretty solid. We now have a chance to sweep a series and that is huge."
Thoroughbred starter Billy Fares (0-1) took the loss for Murray State after working five and one-third innings and allowing five runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out three. Harris came on in relief of Fares in the bottom of the sixth inning and pitched two and two-thirds innings. He gave up five runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits. Harris walked one and struck out two.
UAB will try for the series sweep of the Thoroughbreds Sunday at 1 p.m.