Junior first baseman Jeff Schalk hit his second career triple on Sunday against Arkansas State.
March 2, 2014
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas State tallied four runs in the seventh inning to pull ahead and hand the UAB baseball team a 5-3 loss on Sunday afternoon at Regions Field. It marked the squad’s second defeat of the 2014 season.
“It was a good game,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “It was a well-pitched game. I thought their starter was really good. I thought Alex was really good. It was a game that looked like runs would be at a premium and they were. We had one bad inning on the weekend, out of 27, and it was too much for us to overcome.”
Junior right-handed pitcher Alex Luna started the game for the Blazers and was effective in his third start. Luna went 6.0 innings and gave up one unearned run, struck out three, and walked one. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cory Eller came in in relief of Luna and was ultimately charged with the loss.
“They had some good at bats off of Cory,” added Shoop. “Then a very steady defensive player for us made a mistake. Kids are human and they are going to make some mistakes.”
After giving up two runs in the seventh inning, it appeared the Blazers would get out of the inning. With two outs, Red Wolves sophomore outfielder Austin Baker hit a ball to redshirt junior infielder Tyler Hamby. Hamby overthrew junior first baseman Jeff Schalk, letting two more runners score.
UAB (10-2) started off by taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum hit a single through the right side of the infield, advancing senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing to third base. Junior infielder Nathan Vincent hit a sacrifice bunt to score Prinzing and give the squad a 1-0 advantage.
Arkansas State (6-6) countered with a run of its own in the fifth. UAB would break the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Schalk tripled to right center then scored on a passed ball, leaving the host team ahead 2-1.
The visitors would pull ahead in the seventh, but UAB would not give in so easily. Senior right-handed pitcher Cameron Rose and redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Adam Lamar pitched the final two innings for the Blazers and allowed only one batter to reach base.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, sophomore infielder Evan Peterson reached first on a walk with one out. Sophomore outfielder Adam Lau then hit a pinch-hit double to left center, putting runners on second and third. Redshirt junior outfielder Chase Davis grounded out to the second baseman, but plated Peterson. Arkansas State junior right-handed pitcher Colton Kibler came on for the final out, striking out senior outfielder Ivan De Jesus swinging to end the contest.
The UAB baseball team hits the road for its third away game of the year on Tuesday night against Alabama State. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. in Montgomery, Ala.
Notes: The UAB baseball team suffered its second loss of the season on Sunday to Arkansas State … Despite the loss, UAB still salvaged its third consecutive three-game series … It marked the first time UAB has won three straight three-game sets since 2012 … Junior infielder Nathan Vincent registered his first RBI as a member of the Green and Gold on Sunday.
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