Feb. 27, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, UAB was able to push two runs across and claim a narrow 2-1 victory over Samford (3-8) in baseball action Thursday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers are now 10-0 and off to the best start in school history.
Right fielder Kyle Leon singled through the ride side, scoring shortstop Josh Miljavac to tie the game. First baseman Daniel Hill was then able to single through the left side and score center fielder Sam Clark for the go-ahead run.
Senior pitcher Cody Cillo was able to retire the top of Samford's lineup in the top of the ninth in order, recording two strikeouts, to clinch the victory. Cillo (3-0) threw a complete game, had a career-high 13 strikeouts and did not allow a walk in the one-hour-and-52-minute contest. After giving up three singles in the top of the first inning, Cillo did not allow a hit the rest of the way.
Samford got on the board in the first inning when catcher Eric Hollis singled through the left side, scoring left fielder Sae Evans.
Frank Allen Yielding (1-2) took the loss for Samford after allowing the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Bulldog starter Stephen Artz worked seven and two-thirds innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
"It was a great pitching performance on both sides," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso. "They handcuffed us for a lot of the game and their young guy (Stephen Artz) did a good job. Cody (Cillo) was very efficient today, so we let him go the whole way.
"We knew if we could get Kyle (Leon) to the plate we had a chance. Daniel (Hill) then followed up with a base hit. Overall, we just had to come up with a base hit and it happened for us today."
UAB returns to Young Memorial Field Friday to take on Eastern Illinois (0-2) at 6 p.m. in the second game of the day. Kentucky (3-3) and Marshall (2-3) will square off at 2 p.m. in the day's first action.
Saturday, Kentucky and Eastern Illinois will meet at 2 p.m. and UAB will take on Marshall at 6 p.m. at Young Memorial Field.
Marshall and Eastern Illinois face off Sunday in Young Memorial Field's first game of the day at 11 a.m. and UAB and Kentucky will meet in the final game of the day at 2 p.m.
Tickets for each day are $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 2-12, children under 2 are admitted free and UAB students are admitted free with a valid student ID.