March 5, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB offense wasted no time taking control in Sunday's rubber game of the series against Mercer, pounding home seven runs in the first three innings en route to a 8-1 victory over the Bears at Young Memorial Field. Sunday's outcome gave the Blazers the series win over visiting Mercer, while raising the Blazers' record to 7-4.
Jim Crew picked up his second win of the year, breezing through five innings while setting a career-high in strikeouts with eight on the day. The Birmingham, Ala., native allowed only one run during the outing, dropping his ERA to 1.04 on the season. Three pitchers combined to finish the game for UAB, as Jacob Legg, Grant Addison and Chandler Miller pitch four scoreless frames to seal the win for the Blazers.
Junior Danny Sawyer had another monster day at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Levi Patmon and Phillip Bell also added two hits on the day for the Blazers. Junior Ryan Metcalf also contributed , smashing a two-run single in the winning effort.
The Blazers got out of the gates early, sending nine men to the plate in the first inning. The Blazers started the game with four consecutive hits, as a Levi Patmon double started things off. After an infield single by Steven Turner, J.R. Bond singled to center to score Patmon and give UAB its first lead of the day. Sawyer kept the consecutive hits streak going, smashing a line drive through the right side to plate Turner and make it 2-0 UAB.
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walk loaded the bases, and the Blazers used their team speed along with Mercer miscues to increase their lead from there. Bond scampered home after a Mercer wild pitch, and was followed in by Sawyer after the ball was errantly thrown back into play by the catcher, padding the lead to 4-0. Ward would also come into score on the play, adding the final run of the inning and pushing the advantage to 5-0.
Crew settled in after that, retiring Mercer in the next two innings. In the bottom of the third, UAB would tack on two more runs and push the lead to 7-0. John Wayne Donahue started the rally, reaching base on an error. Bell then walked, and both came around to score on Metcalf's line drive down the left field line.
UAB would add one more run in the bottom of the 6th, as a Sawyer single scored Patmon, who has singled to start the inning.
From that point, the bullpen took over. Legg continued his dominance for the Blazers, throwing two scoreless innings. Addison followed, throwing a shutout inning of his own. Miller sealed the deal, working a scoreless ninth to clinch the win for the Blazers.
UAB will continue its homestand this week, as they host the Birmingham-Southern Panthers in a midweek game on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. For complete baseball coverage, check www.uabsports.com.