March 8, 2013
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JONESBORO, Ark. ----- Tanner Bryant and Chase Mallard allowed just two runs over 11 innings on Friday night but that wouldn’t be enough as the UAB baseball team fell to Arkansas State, 2-1.
Bryant (1-1) got the start for UAB (6-8) and earned a no-decision. He surrendered five hits and one unearned run in six innings pitched.
Mallard (0-2) was credited with the loss for the Blazers. In relief of Bryant, Mallard pitched 4.2 innings and allowed just the one run in the bottom of the 11th.
“Every pitcher that went out there today, two for us and three for them, I thought were all really good. It was a Friday night pitching duel that took two outs into the 11th to decide,” said UAB head coach Brian Shoop.
The Blazers struck first taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a John Frost sacrifice fly. Wes Kent led off the inning of with a single and then went first to third on a single through the left side by Matt Morse. With the bases-loaded and one out, Frost hit a fly ball to deep center that scored Kent.
Arkansas State (9-4) tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning. Claude Johnson reached on an error for the Red Wolves with one out. After being sacrificed to second, Johnson came around to score on a double by ASU’s Ryan Roberts.
The Red Wolves threatened to score in the bottom of the 10th inning. With runners on second and third and two outs, Chase Davis made a diving catch in center field to end the inning and keep the game tied.
In the 11th inning, Logan Uxa reached on a fielder’s choice before advancing to second on a Blazers wild pitch. With two outs in the inning, ASU’s Alex Potts singled to right to score Uxa.
UAB out-hit Arkansas State 10-7 but the Blazers also grounded into three double plays on the night.
“It was a great college game. I think everyone enjoyed playing in it and everyone in the stands enjoyed watching it. We certainly had our chances, bases-loaded and one out and we only get one and then guys on first and third and we ground into double play,” said Shoop. “It was just a really good college baseball game and we just came out on the wrong end of it.”
Kent, who came in hitting .062, went 3-for-4 and scored UAB’s only run.
Ryan Prinzing, Tyler Mims, and Morse each recorded two hits for the Blazers. Both of Mims’ hits were doubles.
Daniel Wright (2-1) started for the Red Wolves and earned a no-decision, allowing one run on seven hits in seven innings pitched. John Koch (1-1) picked up the win for the Red Wolves.
Due to a threat of inclement weather on Sunday, UAB and Arkansas State will play a double-header on Saturday to conclude the three-game series. First pitch of game two is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT with game three to follow.