March 9, 2003
BIRIMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB (15-2) got six runs on 11 hits to lift the Blazers to a 6-4 victory over Louisiana-Monroe (8-7) in baseball action Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. UAB was led by center fielder Sam Clark, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and first baseman Daniel Hill, who had a two-run home run. UAB won two games out of the three-game series.
Louisiana-Monroe struck first in the top of the second inning when shortstop Bradley Hoffpauir singled through the left side, scoring center fielder Andy Chance.
UAB answered in the bottom of the third inning with three runs. Third baseman Steve Martin scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by right fielder Kyle Leon. Hill then hit a two-run homer to left field, scoring Clark. UAB led 3-1.
The Indians tied the score in the top of the fourth inning when Hoffpauir singled to left center field, scoring right fielder Jerad Doty and Chance.
The Blazers took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Second baseman Drew Goneke singled to center field, allowing catcher Eugene Rodriguez to score. Later in the inning, Clark singled to left center field, scoring Goneke.
UAB added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Leon singled up the middle, scoring Clark.
ULM got a run in the top of the eighth inning when Chance doubled to left field, allowing Doty to score.
Blazer starter Scott Gibson (3-0) picked up the win for UAB after working six and two-thirds innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. Cody Cillo pitched two and one-third innings and recorded his second save of the season for the Blazers. Cillo retired the Indians in order in the top of the ninth inning. He allowed one run on two hits, walked none and struck out one.
"It was really a solid performance," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso
. "Scott (Gibson) gave us six and two-thirds innings and Cody (Cillo) came in and did a good job. Sam (Clark) had a great day and Eugene (Rodriguez) had a couple of hits. I think the big blow was Daniel Hill
hitting the home run. I was real pleased with our defense today. We had a lot of ground balls in the infield and we didn't make an error. This is a great momentum builder going into conference play.
Indian starter Caleb McConnell (2-1) took the loss for Louisiana-Monroe after pitching five innings and giving up five runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out two. Matt Green came on in relief of McConnell and worked two innings, allowing one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. Adam Arrant pitched the final inning for the Indians and allowed one hit.
Friday, UAB defeated ULM 5-0, but fell to the Indians 14-13 Saturday.
UAB returns to Young Memorial Field Friday to face Conference USA rival Cincinnati at 7 p.m. in the first of a three-game series. Saturday, the teams meet at 2 p.m. and Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.