March 1, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Danny Sawyer went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and Ryne Lovdahl added three RBIs of his own to lead UAB to a series split with a 10-5 victory over Samford Wednesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
The win evened the season series against local rival Samford at one, and pushed the Blazers' overall record to 5-3. Head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad avenged an extra inning loss to the Bulldogs suffered on Tuesday night at Young Memorial Field.
Grant Addison picked up the win for UAB, pitching 0.2 frames in relief of starter Randy Mills to pick up his first victory of the year. Mills provided a good outing for Giangrosso, pitching four innings and allowing three runs on two hits. The senior also struck out three Samford hitters en route to a no decision.
Sawyer and Lovdahl led the offensive charge, combining to drive in half of UAB's 10 runs. Levi Patmon added two hits out of the leadoff spot, while John Wayne Donahue, Billy Lichtner and Ryan Metcalf all added RBIs on the night. Zac Ward continued his season long hitting streak, stroking a single to left field in the fourth inning to push the streak to eight games.
UAB wasted no time jumping out to a big lead, scoring seven runs in their first two trips to the plate. After two hits to start the game, Sawyer got his first RBIs of the night, plating Patmon and Bond to give UAB a 2-0 advantage. Lovdahl then singled to center shortly after, scoring Sawyer to push the margin to 3-0.
Samford scored two in the bottom of the first, but the Blazer attack erupted in the top half of the second, scoring four more to give Mills a bit more cushion. Metcalf ignited the rally, drawing a walk and then stealing second base. Donahue sent him plateward on a sharp single to center field, making the score 4-2. Sawyer struck again, this time singling home Donahue for another UAB run. A change in pitchers did little to stop the onslaught, as Lovdahl picked up his second run-scoring single of the evening opening up the contest to 7-2
UAB added two in the fourth, as a single by Ward and a Metcalf bases loaded walk made the game 9-2. The pitching staff cruised after that, as Addison and Ben Styes provided solid relief, going four innings and allowing only one earned run. Brandon Flaherty pitched a scoreless ninth, as the Blazers closed out the victory.
Giangrosso's squad returns home this weekend, hosting Mercer in a weekend series at Young Memorial Field. Friday's game is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch. For complete baseball coverage, check www.uabsports.com.