March 3, 2010
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Five Blazers recorded at least two hits Wednesday afternoon as the UAB baseball team turned in a 10-2 win over Kennesaw State on a chilly day at Young Memorial Field.
Catcher Digger Towe led the Blazers with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate and three RBI as UAB won its fourth straight game on a day that featured temperatures in the high 30s at first pitch.
Mitch Kloskowski earned the win on the mound, working five innings and allowing just one run while striking out six. Kloskowski was making his second appearance of the season and his first start in a year after missing all but one start last season because of injury.
Kennesaw State starter Kelly Holt took the loss after surrendering six runs in three innings.
UAB played a clean game, walking only two batters and hitting one. The Blazers did not commit an error and did not allow a single runner to advance on a stolen base, wild pitch or passed ball.
"It was really encouraging to see us play like this, especially when conditions were as tough as they were," UAB head coach Brian Shoop said. "When you don't give up free bases, you make it hard on the other team to score runs, and that's what happened today."
UAB managed all the scoring it needed with a six-run second inning. Towe and designated hitter John Frost each drove in a pair of runs with doubles, and center fielder Mikael Saway brought one run home with an RBI single. The Blazers scored their other run in the inning on a passed ball.
Frost finished with two hits in the game, as did UAB second baseman Nick Crawford, right fielder Ryan Ussery and left fielder Keith DePew. UAB managed a season-high 13 hits as a team.
The Blazers went on to add single runs in the fourth and seventh innings and two runs in the fifth. Kennesaw State tallied single runs in the third and sixth frames.
Kennesaw State left fielder Clint Roques led the Owls with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. He also scored a run and drove one in. Right fielder Josh Whitaker tallied two hits for Kennesaw State.
UAB relievers Tristan Farrell and Trey Waltman closed out the final four innings in relief of Kloskowski. Each pitched two innings with Farrell allowing one run and Waltman holding the Owls scoreless.
UAB continues its current nine-game home stand this weekend with a three-game series against Eastern Illinois. Friday's series opener is slated for a 3 p.m. CT at Young Memorial Field.