Sophomore catcher Mitch Williams had a career-best four hits on Friday afternoon.
Feb. 28, 2014
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB baseball team shut out its third opponent of the 2014 season as it defeated Arkansas State, 5-0, on Friday afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard continued his great start to the year and still has not yielded a run in 2014.
"We grinded out enough at bats to score," said head coach Brian Shoop. "It's funny we had the same amount of hits and runs that we had the other night when we lost by eight. We won by five with the exact same number of hits and runs."
Mallard threw 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball, giving up seven hits, striking out seven, and walked one batter. The Cullman, Ala. native has not surrendered a run this season, struck out 29, and has only walked three.
"It is unbelievable," added Shoop. "21 innings without a run, that's a pretty amazing streak."
Sophomore catcher Mitch Williams had a memorable night at the plate for UAB (9-1). Williams was 4-for-4 with two RBI against Arkansas State (5-5). His four hits are the most by a Blazer this season and his two RBI match a career-best.
UAB plated its first run in the third inning. Williams singled to left center field, scoring redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum and giving the host team an early 1-0 advantage.
In the fifth frame, UAB added four more runs to its lead. Williams hit another RBI single, plating junior first baseman Jeff Schalk. Junior Chase Davis then singled through the right side of the infield, allowing junior infielder Nathan Vincent to score. Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing and Gum earned consecutive walks, allowing runners to score.
Mallard was aided by solid defending in his third victory of 2014. Gum made a spectacular play in the third inning, tracking down a line drive to right field, then throwing out the Arkansas State runner at first base. In the fifth inning, Mallard picked off a runner, ending a Red Wolves threat.
Senior left-handed pitcher Turner Lee pitched the final two innings in relief of Mallard. Lee was perfect in the last two frames, striking out one to preserve the win.
The UAB baseball team is back in action Saturday afternoon against Arkansas State. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Regions Field.
Notes: Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard has not given up a run during the 2014 season ... Mallard has a scoreless streak of 23.2 innings, dating back to 2013 ... The Cullman, Ala. native has struck out 29 and only walked three in 2014 ... Sophomore catcher Mitch Williams clubbed a career-best four hits on Friday afternoon ... Williams became the first Blazer to have four hits since Jeff Schalk did so at Southern Miss on April 27, 2013 ... Senior outfielder Ivan De Jesus had multiple hits in his fifth game of 2014 on Friday, which leads the squad.
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