March 1, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB used 12 runs on 12 hits to defeat Marshall 12-1 in baseball action Saturday evening at Young Memorial. The Blazers are now 12-0 and with Saturday's victory, UAB set the record for the best start in Conference USA history. UAB is on a 13-game winning streak, the longest in school history, dating back to a 4-3 win over South Florida May 18, 2002, at Young Memorial Field.
"We are playing really well and different people are coming through," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso, who picked his 400th collegiate coaching victory with Saturday's win. "It's really a great team effort. Jon (Burgett) came out and gave us some solid innings. We did so many good things offensively tonight. There are a lot of things going well for us right now and we are just excited and thankful."
Third baseman Steve Martin was 3-for-4 with four RBI, three runs scored, a home run and a stolen base to lead the Blazers. First baseman Daniel Hill extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run homer for UAB. Left fielder Mitch Jones went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a double; center fielder Sam Clark was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI; and Kyle Leon had a double and an RBI for UAB.
With the score tied at one, UAB used a five-run fifth inning and a six-run seventh to close the door on Marshall.
Jon Burgett (3-0) picked up the win for UAB after pitching six innings and allowing one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out five. Jeff Brown, Griffin Zarbough and Kevin Brannon each worked an inning for the Blazers and allowed only one hit.
Shortstop Mike Koitsopoulos and third baseman Corie O'Bryan each had a hit apiece for Marshall (2-5).
Rick Suter (0-1) took the loss for the Thundering Herd after working four and two-thirds innings and allowing six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits. He walked one and struck out six.
UAB will face Kentucky (4-4) Sunday at approximately 2 p.m. at Young Memorial Field in the day's second game. The first game of the day will feature Marshall and Eastern Illinois (1-3) at 11 a.m.