Feb. 23, 2014
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB baseball team recorded a 7-3 victory against Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at Regions Field. With the win, UAB registered its second straight three-game series sweep.
“We are grateful,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “It’s a good start. We have done some really good things.”
The UAB baseball team (8-0, 0-0) is off to its best start since 2003. The 2003 club open the season with a program-record 13 consecutive victories. In addition, UAB has won nine straight games, dating back to last season. It marks its longest winning streak under Shoop.
“It’s very early in the season,” added Shoop. “We have a day off tomorrow and hopefully a very good practice on Tuesday. We are just back at it. 56 games over 14 weeks is a grind. There are usually some momentum swings both ways. We are just trying to go about business as normal.”
Junior right-handed pitcher Alex Luna earned his second victory of the year on Sunday. Luna pitched four perfect innings, before surrendering four hits and an earned run in the fifth. The Huntsville, Ala. native struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Juniors Chase Davis and Jeff Schalk each registered two RBI against Youngstown State (0-3). Davis, senior outfielder Ivan De Jesus, and sophomore infielder Evan Peterson each had two hits on the day, as well.
For the second straight game, UAB plated a run in the first inning of play. Schalk hit a sacrifice fly to score Davis, giving the Blazers an early 1-0 lead.
Over the next three frames, UAB would score six additional runs, pushing its lead to 7-0. In the second inning, Davis hit an RBI single up the middle, sophomore infielder Adam Smith reached home after an error by the Youngstown State pitcher, and Schalk hit another sacrifice fly. Davis hit another RBI single in the third frame and senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing recorded an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Peterson capped off the scoring with an RBI single to center field in the fourth inning.
Senior left-handed pitcher Turner Lee replaced Luna in the sixth inning and went 2.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Lee surrendered the first opposing home run as Youngstown State junior infielder Kurt Laver smashed one to left field in the eighth inning.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Adam Lau came in to close the game, pitching the final 1.1 innings. Lau allowed one hit, struck out one, and walked one.
The UAB baseball team returns to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon when it takes on Samford on the road. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
Notes: UAB has won its first eight games of the 2014 season, its best start since 2003 … The Blazers have recorded nine straight wins, dating back to last season. It marks the longest winning streak under head coach Brian Shoop … Junior first baseman Jeff Schalk hit two sacrifice flies on Sunday, the most by a Blazer in 2014.
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