March 5, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Five players recorded multiple hits as UAB cruised to an 11-3 victory against Saint Joseph's on Tuesday evening at Young Memorial Field.
Eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit as UAB (5-7) scored one or more runs from the third through seventh frame to snap a four-game losing skid.
Led by Jacob German's three-hit, four-RBI performance, the Blazers pounded out a season-high 17 base knocks on the night. The 11 runs scored also marked a season-high.
John Frost went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Tyler Mims chipped in with three hits of his own.
"Baseball is so weird," UAB head coach Brian Shoop said. "Runs have been difficult to score so far this season. I don't know how many balls we squared up tonight, be we squared up a ton. Almost more tonight than the rest of the game combined it seemed."
The game did not get off to a pleasant start for the Blazers, as Saint Joseph's (2-9) plated two runs in the top of the second to break a scoreless tie. Both runs crossed for the Hawks on a Anthony Cirillo double.
It appeared as though SJU would strike again in the third, but UAB starter Turner Lee escaped a bases loaded threat by recording one his five strikeouts on the day to keep the Blazers within two runs. Lee worked the first four innings, giving up two runs (earned) on two hits.
In the last of the third, UAB exploded for five runs on five hits to break the game open.
Momentum from going unscathed through the top of the third clearly rolled over to UAB's lineup the bottom half of the stanza. A SJU error allowed the first run to come across, before Ivan De Jesus (2-for-4, two RBI) evened the score at 2-2 by bringing home on a run on a fielder's choice.
With two outs and the sacks packed, German rocketed a bases clearing double to left-center field, giving the Blazers a 5-2 advantage. Tanner Bryant, who scored all the way from first on the German hit, slid by home and was able to reach back to the plate, beating the SJU catcher to score the fifth run in exciting fashion.
"German had a great night for us, and Tyler (Mims) who has been struggling, also swung the bat really well," Shoop said. "It was a good night, you can breathe a sigh of relief and just like after a loss, the game is zero-zero the next day and you get back to work."
UAB tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a RBI single from De Jesus and SJU passed ball, extending UAB's cushion to 7-2.
Frost drove in two more for the Blazers with a single in the fifth, while German plated a run in the sixth and Mims brought home a run in the seventh to round out the scoring for the game.
Cory Eller (1-1) earned the victory in relief of Lee, allowing one run (earned) on one hit with three strikeouts over three innings of work. Chase Davis came on to pitch two perfect frames with a career-high five punchouts.
The three UAB pitchers combined to registered 13 strikeouts and surrender just three hits for the game.
Shane Carey (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Hawks, working 3.1 innings. The lefty allowed seven runs off eight hits, but only two of the runs were earned.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday at Young Memorial Field with first pitch set for 3 p.m. CT.