March 9, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Eighth inning home runs by senior third baseman Ryan Lovdahl and senior outfielder J.R. Bond led to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Furman for the Blazers on Friday night at Young Memorial Field. With Bond's home run he has now driven in a run in 10 of the team's 13 games this season. UAB improves to 5-8 on the year, while Furman falls to 3-8.
Lovdahl, who led the team in home runs in 2006, began the eighth inning surge when he drove in junior first baseman Ryan Keedy by taking a 1-0 pitch deep to left field for a homer to tie the game, 2-2. Two batters later, Bond stepped in with two outs and got a hold of a 1-1 pitch, sending it over the wall towards the scoreboard in left to put the Blazers on top, 3-2.
Friday's game saw two pitchers give their team's quality starts. For UAB, sophomore right-hander Mitch Kloskowski (2-1) earned the win after throwing eight complete innings for his second-straight outing. Kloskowski allowed just two earned runs and struck out two batters while walking none.
Furman's starter, right-hander Matt Klinker, was also impressive, throwing 6.2 innings in which he struck out seven and allowed no runs. Right-hander Ian Parry (1-1) was credited with the loss after he relieved Klinker with two out in the seventh.
UAB sophomore right-hander Kyle Roberson (1) came in to close out the ninth and earn his first save of the season. He used two strikeouts to help him close out the victory.
Junior outfielder Phil Bell continued his hot-streak on Friday by going 2-for-4 while making a thrilling diving catch in left field in the defensive effort. Bond ended his day with two hits on four at bats.
Seven of Furman's starters recorded at least one hit in the contest. Designated hitter Charlie Bailes and second baseman Joe Daysh were both 2-for-4 with one run scored. First baseman Paul Ortenzo was 1-for-3 after driving in the Paladins two runs in the second inning.
The two teams will meet again for game two of the three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Young Memorial Field