March 8, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- After only putting up three runs last night, the UAB bats broke out on Wednesday, pounding out 13 hits and nine runs in a 9-8 victory over Georgia State at Young Memorial Field. This win marks the fourth in a row for head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad, and pushes their season record to 9-4.
Ben Styes picked up his first win of the season, relieving starter Randy Mills to throw three innings of shutout baseball. The Clay, Ala., native struck out two Panther hitters and allowed the UAB offense to put a lead on the board. Grant Addison picked up his first save of the year, punching out one and closing the door on Georgia State.
After putting up 11 hits to score only three runs last night, UAB was more explosive on Wednesday, using their 13 hits to produce nine runs. Ryan Metcalf led the way, as the senior from Pelham, Ala., went 3-for-4 on the night. Phillip Bell, J.R. Bond, John Wayne Donahue and Zac Ward all had two hits apiece, with Bell, Ward and Danny Sawyer have multiple RBI games.
UAB grabbed the lead early, as they used Panther miscues to push across the first run of the contest. Donahue singled to open up the frame, and after Donny Muth's flyball was misplayed by the left fielder Donahue raced around the basepaths to make the score 1-0. Georgia State would recapture the lead in the third inning, and add to in the in fourth, pushing the advantage to 4-1.
The Blazers roared back, pushing across four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Metcalf kicked things off with a solid single to left. Levi Patmon
then walked to put the first two runners on. Bell executed a sacrifice bunt, moving the runners along and setting the table for the middle of Giangrosso's order. Bond walked to load the bases, and Sawyer's fielder's choice closed the gap to two at 4-2. Things didn't stop there, as Donahue smashed another single, scoring a run and cutting the lead to 4-3. Ward provided the final blow, lacing a line drive back through the box to score two more runs as UAB reclaimed the advantage at 5-4.
The green and gold didn't wait long to pad their lead, adding two runs in their very next at bat. Leadoff hitter Patmon again reached base via the walk, and stole second to put himself in scoring position. Bell answered, ripping a double down the left field line to push the margin to 6-4. Sawyer followed suit, as his single plated Bell and made it 7-4 UAB.
UAB's final two runs would cross home in the eighth, as Bell added another RBI hit, scoring Metcalf for the second time. Bell was then brought around by Bond, who smashed a double high off the center field wall to push UAB to a 9-5 lead.
The Panthers would rally in the ninth, but Addison emerged from the bullpen to get the final outs of the game and close out the win for the Blazers.
UAB continues it homestand this weekend, hosting Rider in a three game set starting Friday at 6 p.m. at Young Memorial Field. The game will be available online through gametracker on the Blazer website, www.uabsports.com.