Feb. 24, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Xavier scored early and went on to hand UAB a 12-4 loss in baseball action Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field.
UAB (4-4) fell behind 7-0 after four inning of play before getting on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. But the Blazers were unable to keep the Musketeers off the board as Xavier added runs in each of the final three innings to spoil UAB's chances of a comeback.
Xavier starting pitcher Tyler Koors allowed only two UAB batters to reach base in the first five frames, one single and one hit by pitch.
The Blazers had their first scoring opportunity in the sixth inning when back-to-back walks and a single by Ivan De Jesus loaded the bases for John Frost with one out. Frost came through with a RBI single through the right side. Consecutive groundouts allowed one more Blazer run to cross home plate before ending the inning.
Xavier responded with two runs in the top of the seventh, one in the eigth, and two more in the ninth to keep the game out of reach.
UAB added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a throwing error by the Xavier second baseman that allowed Todd Wilkinson to come around and score.
In the ninth, Wes Kent singled in Wilkinson, who had led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line, to plate a fourth run for the Blazers.
Tyler Koors (1-1) earned the win for Xavier allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings pitched.
UAB starter Dylan Munger (0-1) picked up the loss, lasting 3.1 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks.
The Blazers' bullpen, which had been solid all season, allowed eight runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings in relief of Munger.
Wilkinson, who came in as a pinch runner in the seventh inning, finished one-for-one with a double and two runs scored.
The Blazers are off until Friday, when they travel to Athens, Ga. to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game series. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.
- John Frost, who came into the weekend hitting just .158, went 6-for-11 with a double, two runs, an RBI, and a walk in the series.
- James Naile continued his strong start to the season pitching eight innings while allowing two runs on six hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.