Feb. 26, 2006
DOTHAN, Ala. -- After two consecutive 9th inning comebacks, the Blazers might want to change their name to the "Cardiac Kids". Head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the South Alabama Jaguars 3-2 in game one of a doubleheader at the Wiregrass Classic.
This win moves UAB to 4-1 on the season, giving the Blazers their third win in a row. Drew Murray picked up the first win of his UAB career, pitching three innings of shutout ball in relief of starter Lyle Northington. Northington pitched superbly for Giangrosso, tossing six innings and allowing only two runs.
Levi Patmon led the way for UAB, notching two hits on the day and scoring one run for the Blazers. Jorge Gutierrez, J.R. Bond, Zac Ward and John Wayne Donahue all had hits for UAB.
The recipe for success for UAB this year has been timely hitting and good starting pitching, and today's matchup was no different.
UAB jumped to lead against the Jaguars, as a two-out RBI double by Bond scored Patmon to give the Blazers a 1-0 edge. South Alabama reclaimed the advantage in the top of the fourth, plating two for a 2-1 margin.
Northington took over from there, settling in to work two more scoreless innings. The senior from Detroit, Ala., used a variety of pitches to induce outs from Jaguar hitters. His defense backed him up, recording a double play to end a rally in the fifth inning.
Murray was next up, and he continued his solid performances out of the UAB bullpen. The freshman held the game in check, hurling the last three innings and striking out two along the way.
In their final at bat, the Blazers rallied to take the victory. Ward started it off, taking a 1-1 pitch and lining it to left center for a base hit. Donahue wasted no time bringing Ward around, smashing a double to deep left center to tie the game. Steven Turner came in to pinch run for Donahue, and promptly stole third to put UAB in a position to win the contest. Ryne Lovedahl stepped up to the plate, and proceeded to hit into a fielders' choice, scoring Turner from third to give the Blazers the win.
Game two of the day saw the Blazers take on the Troy Trojans in the final game of the Wiregrass Classic. Check www..uabsports.com for a full recap of that contest.