Feb. 28, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Behind a career-high 12-strikeout performance from senior pitcher Lucas Trotter, UAB (11-0) defeated Eastern Illinois (0-3) 10-4 Friday evening in baseball action at Young Memorial Field.
The Blazers, who are already off to the best start in school history, are now tied for the best start in Conference USA history.
The Blazer pitching staff combined for 17 strikeouts and only allowed three hits on the evening. Trotter (2-0) worked six innings and allowed one run on one hit and one walk for his second win of the season. Rusty McIntyre pitched the final three innings and allowed three runs on two hits and walked two. He struck out five in picking up his first save of the year.
Catcher Eugene Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to five games after going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double to lead the Blazers. Designated hitter Matt Womble and second baseman Seth Rollin each had an RBI apiece for UAB.
"I thought Lucas (Trotter) gave us a great performance tonight," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso. "I thought Eugene (Rodriguez) had a big night. Every game it seems like it's a different guy stepping up and that's what we like to see. There are a lot of things happening right now, we are playing good defense, we are getting good pitching, we are getting timely hits and we are getting a lot of people on base."
Designated hitter Bret Pignatiello had a three-run homer to lead the Panthers.
Matt Tyson (0-1) took the loss for Eastern Illinois after pitching six innings and allowing nine runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three.
UAB will face Marshall (2-4) Saturday at 6 p.m. in the second game of the day at Young Memorial Field. The first game of the day will feature Kentucky (4-3) and Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m.