March 5, 2014
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The UAB baseball team scored a season-best 13 runs en route to a 13-1 victory at Alabama State on Wednesday night. UAB had 16 hits against Alabama State, its first time with at least 15 hits in a game since April 13, 2013 versus Memphis.
"Baseball is a funny game," head coach Brian Shoop said. "We did throw a lot of different guys. It's not always effective, but sometimes it is because it is a different look after a different look."
Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Ben Bullard, in his second start of the 2014 season, allowed one earned run, scattered four hits, struck out five, and did not walk any in four innings pitched. Bullard, who earned his first victory of the year, is now four strikeouts shy of fourth on the UAB all-time career strikeouts list.
"He has been around so long and he knows how to pitch," Shoop said of Bullard. "His slider is still a pretty effective pitch. If he can spot his slider he can still be good for us. I thought he did that tonight."
Sophomores Evan Peterson, Adam Smith, and Mitch Williams, all new members of the UAB baseball program, each contributed at least two RBI on the night. The trio all set career-highs for runs batted in at Alabama State.
UAB (11-2) jumped out to an early lead, plating two runs in the top of the second inning. Peterson smashed a double to left center with two outs. Smith, the very next batter, hit a double to right center to score Peterson. Junior outfielder Chase Davis then slapped a single to left center, scoring Smith, and giving the visitors a 2-0 advantage.
Alabama State (12-4) would respond in the bottom of the second, tallying one run. Hornets sophomore infielder Branden Castro hit an RBI single to left, to trim UAB's lead to 2-1. The threat was not over then, with runners on first and third and one out. Bullard would strike out Alabama State senior infielder Dexter Price for the second out. Williams caught the third strike and fired a bullet to Smith to catch an Alabama State runner stealing second for the final out.
UAB came out swinging again in the third, pushing its lead to 5-1. With the bases loaded, Williams singled to center field to plate two runners. Peterson came up next and singled to left field, his second hit of the night, to score redshirt freshman infielder Matthew Furuto.
In the fifth inning, the Green and Gold added two runs. Peterson hit an RBI single to score Furuto then advanced to third on a fielding error by the right fielder. Smith then came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to left field, plating Peterson and giving UAB a 7-1 advantage.
Lowery replaced Bullard in the fifth inning and did not allow an Alabama State player to reach base. Senior left-handed pitcher Turner Lee filled in for Lowery in the sixth and faced the minimum in two innings pitched, allowing one hit but forcing a double play to erase the runner. Senior right-handed pitcher Cameron Rose, sophomore right-handed pitcher Adam Lau, and sophomore right-handed pitcher Cory Eller pitched the final two innings, allowing only one hit.
UAB ended the game with six runs in the final two innings. Williams collected his third RBI of the night in the eighth and redshirt junior first baseman Tyler Mims collected two RBI in the final two frames to secure the 13-1 victory for the Blazers.
The UAB baseball team is back in action on Friday, March 7 as it hosts Middle Tennessee in its Conference USA opener. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Regions Field.
Notes: Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Ben Bullard struck out five on Wednesday night and now is four strikeouts shy of fourth on the UAB all-time career strikeouts list ... Sophomore infielder Evan Peterson recorded his second multiple hit game of the season at Alabama State with a career-best three hits ... Sophomores Adam Smith, Mitch Williams, and Peterson all had at least two RBI against the Hornets, each setting career-highs.
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