March 7, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Strong pitching and a balanced, patient offensive attack led the UAB baseball team to a 12-3 victory against Alabama State at Young Memorial Field on Wednesday afternoon.
UAB (10-3) has now won four-straight ball games and are winners in nine of its last 10 contests.
The loss dropped Alabama State to 4-10, as the Blazers captured both games of the season series.
"It is encouraging that we have put together three pretty good offensive games in a row. Hopefully we can keep it going at the plate to go along with our pitching staff," head coach Brian Shoop said.
A night after posting a season-high nine runs at Troy, UAB kept the offense rolling, lighting up the scoreboard 12 times off nine hits, while drawing a season-best 10 walks.
However, the contest looked gloomy at the beginning as Alabama State scored twice in the top of the first off UAB starter Sam Kelley.
Kelley, who was making his first collegiate appearance, tossed the first 4.0 innings and only gave up one hit after the first.
The Blazers made Hornets' starter Luke Melymick (0-2) work as Ryan Prinzing and Coy Arrowood each drew walks to start the bottom of the first.
Prinzing, who has now reached base safely in 10 of his last 15 plate appearances, scored on a double that rocketed off the bat of John Frost. Next up stepped cleanup hitter Patrick Palmerio as he drove in two more on a single to left to give the Blazers the 3-2 lead, which the home squad would not relinquish.
Kelley induced a twin-killing double play for the second inning in a row in the top of the second to bring the hot Blazers bats back up to the plate. In the bottom half, UAB tacked on four more runs as Jacob German knocked in a run and Frost plated two more.
The 7-2 lead after two complete was all the UAB staff would need as the Hornets managed to record only one run off three hits from the third stanza on.
Ruben Tresgallo (1-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first win as a Blazer. Tyler Johnson, Tom Sawyer and Chase Davis all fired a frame each out of the pen in the victory.
"It was going to be a pitching depth game for us, which it often is when you play five games in a week. As a coach you love to see guys that don't get to play a lot get to play a role in your wins. It's thrilling really," Shoop said.
The UAB lineup was spearheaded by Frost and Todd Wilkinson. Frost finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and Wilkinson was also 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
Arrowood roped two hits, including a double, walked twice and scored three runs, while Prinzing and Tyler Mims each crossed home on two occasions.
German and Palmeiro rounded out the offense by each knocking in two runs apiece.
UAB welcomes Penn State to Young Memorial Field for a three-game series beginning Friday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT.