Feb. 29, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB junior Mitch Kloskowski threw his second career complete game Friday as he led the Blazers to a 4-1 victory over Brown at Young Memorial Field. UAB improves to 3-3 on the year, while Brown falls to 0-1.
Kloskowski (2-0) finished his complete game matching his career-high seven strikeouts with no walks and just four hits allowed, while giving up one earned run.
"Mitch just keeps us in games every time he pitches," said UAB head coach Brian Shoop of his ace. "He's a strike thrower and the guys tend to play with confidence behind a guy like him."
Much of Friday's game was a pitching dual between Kloskowski and Brown freshman left-hander Josh Feit, who threw five innings and allowed no runs. Anthony Vita eventually gave up three runs in the eighth to earn the loss on the mound.
Catcher Brint Hardy led the Blazers offensively, going 1-for-4 with two RBI which came on a double to left field in the eighth that scored third baseman Andrew Manning and center fielder Cody McMurry.
Allen Aubin scored the go ahead run earlier in the eighth after replacing designated hitter Luke Stewart as a pinch runner.
The Blazers had a hard time getting runs home for much of Friday's game as they left nine runners stranded on base.
"That's why you don't build teams around hitting - it all starts with pitching because the hitting just won't always be there," Shoop said.
First baseman J.J. Eno led Brown at the plate by going 1-for-3 with a double, in addition to driving in the team's lone run.
UAB and Brown will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Young Memorial Field.