March 6, 2012
TROY, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team posted season highs in runs and hits as the offensive onslaught led the Blazers to a 9-7 victory over Troy on Tuesday night at Riddle-Pace Field.
Ryan Nance struck out back-to-back batters with the tying runs on base in the ninth to preserve the victory as UAB improved to 9-3, while Troy dropped to 6-5.
The Blazers recorded a season-high 14 hits along with a season-best nine runs. Five UAB players recorded multi-hit games, led by John Frost's 2-for-6 day. He also scored twice and knocked in a pair.
"Sometimes you can't even explain it. Coach Polk always talks about hitting being contagious," head coach Brian Shoop said. "Most of our hits were hit pretty hard today and it is a big difference when you have (John) Frost in the lineup. He brings a presence to the middle of the lineup and it was nice to have the offense win a game for us."
Frost had missed the last nine games due to injury. In his first time in the batter's box, it looked as though he had not missed a beat, scalding a double to right-centerfield to jump start the Blazers offense. The double plated leadoff man Ryan Prinzing as UAB would score at least one run in five of the first six innings.
"It felt really good being back in the lineup today," John Frost said. "Luckily I was seeing the ball really well and it felt great to get a hit in my first at bat. It was like a fresh start."
Tuesday's contest was not the cleanest game played all season by either squad, as the Blazers and Trojans combined for 16 runs on 25 hits and committed nine total errors.
After scoring two in the first, UAB tacked on three in the second, which featured a RBI singles by Coy Arrowood and Frost.
Troy answered back in the last of the second, scoring four times, with only one being earned against southpaw starter David Hayes.
Ivan De Jesus (2-for-5) extended the lead, 6-4, in the fourth with a RBI single to left that plated Frost. However, the Trojans evened the score when Jake Harrell launched a two-run homer a half inning later.
The Blazers tacked on an unearned run in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth, highlighted by a run scoring triple by Keith DePew.
Troy pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth, but that would be all the scoring for either team the rest of the way.
Dylan Munger pitched 3.0 innings of scoreless relief out the UAB bullpen. His biggest pitch of the game came in the last of the seventh, when he struck out Harrell with runners on second and third to end the frame.
After Munger retired the side in the eighth, Nance closed out the contest for his fourth save to give Jacob German (1-0) his first collegiate victory. German pitched 1.2 innings in relief of Hayes and tallied three punch outs.
With the win the Blazers have now won three in a row and eight of their last nine.
"We've won coming from behind, real clean games, well pitched games, extra inning games and now we've won a slugfest," Shoop said. "So there is something to say about our kids, finding ways to come out on top. I'm pleased with the offense and way we gutted it out, but we still leave with a lot of work to do. We have to keep plugging away."
UAB returns to Young Memorial Field for a game against Alabama State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.