March 7, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Zac Ward's game winning single in the 13th inning lead UAB past Birmingham Southern 3-2 in a midweek clash at Young Memorial Field Tuesday night. The win pushes UAB to 8-4, the most games over .500 they have been all season.
Mitch Thorn picked up his second win in relief, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing one hit. Those totals marked season highs for Thorn, and he also added a career-high five strikeouts in the outing. Kyle Roberson started the game for head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad, throwing four innings of his own. The native of Clay, Ala., struck out four and was only touched up for one hit during his time on the hill. Roberson was relieved by Jacob Legg, who also contributed to shut down the Panther attack. The reliable lefty pitched a season-high 4.1 innings, keeping the game tied at two through the middle frames. He struck out two, and gave way to Thorn who finished out the contest.
UAB mustered a bit of offense on the evening, as the Blazers out hit Birmingham Southern 11-4 in the game. Levi Patmon, J.R. Bond and Ward all had two hits in the contest, with Ward's last single clinching the victory. Danny Sawyer and Ryne Lovdahl added RBIs for the green and gold, leading UAB to its third win in a row.
The Blazers jumped out to an early lead, as a walk and two hits led to the first UAB run. Phillip Bell reached on a base on balls, and was moved along to second base after a Bond single. Sawyer brought Bell home, plating him on a solid single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
Birmingham Southern would take a brief 2-1 advantage in the top of the fourth, but UAB would quickly tie things up in their half of the inning. After John Wayne Donahue
lead off walk, Lovdahl sent a double deep into right center to score Donahue and tie the game back up at two.
The offenses grinded to a halt after that, as the UAB and Birmingham Southern bullpens combined for seven innings of shut out baseball. Legg and Thorn did the job for Giangrosso, keeping the zeros on the scoreboard deep into the night.
In the bottom of the 13th, the Blazers finally pushed across the winning run. Donahue again was the catalyst, singling to right with two outs in the inning. After a heads up baserunning play, Donahue moved himself into scoring position for Ward. The junior from Hartselle, Ala., would not disappoint, smashing a line drive through the left side, bringing home Donahue and clinching the win for the Blazers.