Feb. 28, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- When it comes to the 2006 UAB baseball team and extra-inning affairs, the numbers show that the Blazers would much rather just finish things off in regulation.
UAB dropped it second in a row on Tuesday, an 8-3 loss to area rival Samford in 11 innings. This loss pushes head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad to 0-2 in extra inning games, and leaves their season record at 4-3.
Mitch Thorn picked up his first loss of the season in relief, tossing 3.2 innings while allowing four runs. Freshman Kyle Roberson made the first start of his UAB career, as he pitched four innings, allowing three runs while striking out three batters.
The Blazers sticks were hit and miss for most of the night, with their eight hits coming sporadically as Samford starter Eric Lassiter battled for eight innings on the hill. Billy Lichtner turned in a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with his second home run of the year. John Wayne Donahue added his first round tripper of the season, a solo shot for the Blazers. Zac Ward extended his hitting streak to a team-high seven games, as he picked up a single in the contest.
UAB jumped out to an early lead, as Ryan Metcalf singled home Ryne Lovedahl to open the scoring. Samford would tie it at one in the top of the third, but the Blazers quickly regained the advantage when Donahue took a 1-2 curveball and blasted it off the scoreboard in left to give UAB a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to fight back, plating two in the top of the four to gain a 3-2 edge. That advantage would last for three innings until Lichtner tied things up with a solo blast deep into the night.
From there the UAB bullpen held steadfast, allowing no runs for five innings. Grant Addison
, in his first appearance of the season, came in after starter Roberson departed and pitched two shutout innings. The junior right hander was dominant, not allowing a hit during his stint and recording three strikeouts. Reliable lefty Jacob Legg
followed Addison, pitching a scoreless inning to keep the game tied at three.
Thorn was solid for his first two innings of work, but was touched up in top of the 11th by Samford. The Wetumpka, Ala., native was unable to hold on the lead as the Bulldogs scored five runs in the frame to push the score to 8-3.
Joseph Edens came in to close things out for Samford, retiring UAB 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 11th to earn the save and give his team the victory.
These two teams will square off tomorrow at Samford, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. For complete baseball coverage, check www.uabsports.com.