March 4, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB baseball team failed to finish-off the sweep of Central Arkansas on Sunday at Young Memorial Field as the Bears bounced back from back-to-back shutouts to earn a 6-2 victory. Junior outfielder Phil Bell turned in another strong performance for the Blazers on Sunday, going 2-for-3, including a double, a walk and one run scored.
Central Arkansas is now 6-5 with the win, while UAB drops to 4-7.
Senior third baseman Ryne Lovdahl contributed to the UAB offensive output on Sunday by going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Junior first baseman Ryan Keedy went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Junior right-hander Jimbo Crew (1-1) was the losing pitcher in the game, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing four earned runs, while UCA's Jonathan Ashworth (1-0), who started at shortstop for the Bears in games one and two, pitched 7.0 innings in which he gave up just two earned runs and struck out five batters to earn his first win of the season.
Bears outfielder Kevin Rawls stood out amongst the UCA bats with his 2-for-5 and one RBI performance.
UAB got out in front of UCA in the first inning after Bell walked and then stole second to put himself in position to score on an RBI single to left field by Lovdahl to take the early 1-0 edge.
The Bears tied the game in the top of the third when Rawls singled to left center and then stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch. He would then come in to score on another wild pitch to even the game at 1-1.
In the bottom half of third, the Blazers answered with another run of their own. Again it was Bell who led the charge as he stepped in with two outs and took the first pitch he saw to left field for a double and then scored the go-ahead run after Keedy hit a single through the left side to make it 2-1.
UAB maintained its one-run lead into the sixth, however the Bears put together a four-run inning on four hits and one error to make it a 5-2 UCA advantage. The Blazers used three pitchers in the inning with junior lefty Paul Jones
getting the team out of the inning when he got UCA first baseman Grant Gatlin to ground out to junior second baseman Tyler Rollin
, leaving three runners left on base.
The Bears would add another run in the eighth to cap-off their 6-2 victory.
Despite UCA's victory on Sunday, UAB wins the three-game series 2-1 after beating the Bears, 8-0, in each of the first two games.
The Blazers will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Starkville, Miss. to take on Mississippi State at 4 p.m.