Baseball Falls 14-2 In Series Opener At Georgia

Jeff Schalk finished 2-for-3 with one RBI

March 1, 2013

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ATHENS, Ga. ----- The UAB baseball team dropped a 14-2 decision to Georgia on Friday night at Foley Field in the first contest of a three-game series with the Bulldogs.

The Blazers and Bulldogs will be in action again on Saturday in game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT at Foley Field.

UAB (4-5) trailed 4-0 after the first but scored a run in each of the next two innings to get within two. Georgia (3-6) then scored six runs over the next three innings to break the game open.

Tanner Bryant (1-1) suffered the loss for the Blazers, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits over the first three innings.

The Blazers fell behind early when the Bulldogs put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on second and third, Georgia’s Hunter Cole singled up the middle to score the game's first run. Two wild pitches by Bryant allowed one more run to cross home plate before a two-run triple by Jared Walsh plated the final two runs of the inning for the Bulldogs.

UAB pushed across its first run of the ball game in the top of the second. Jeff Schalk and Harry Clark started the inning with back-to-back singles to get on base. After Schalk was moved over to third on a fly ball to center, Todd Wilkinson singled up the middle to plate the Blazers' first run.

Bryant fell into another jam in the bottom of the second frame. But with the bases-loaded and no outs, Schalk caught a fly ball in right and threw a strike to catcher Jacob German to get the runner at home for a double play. Bryant struck out the next batter swinging to end the threat.

For the second consecutive inning the Blazers were able to put the first two runners on base. Unfortunately a double play erased one of the base runners, before Schalk knocked in Ryan Prinzing for the second UAB run.

The Bulldogs added one run in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.

Georgia hit its third triple of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and plated three more runs to take a 10-2 advantage.

Georgia added four more runs in the bottom of the eighth to round on the scoring on the evening.

Schalk finished 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and a run scored.

Georgia finished with 21 hits as a team, led by Kyle Farmer, who went 5-for-6 on the night with two doubles and two runs scored. Hunter Cole added three hits and four RBI for the Bulldogs.

Sean McLaughlin (1-0) pitched five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk to pick up the win, while Blake Dieterich fired the last four frames to earn the save.