March 9, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. ----- The UAB baseball team rallied in game two for a 4-2 win over Arkansas State to manage a split of Saturday’s double-header, after dropping game one 8-1.
Arkansas State (10-5) jumped out to early leads in both games of the double-header. In the first game, the Red Wolves scored three in the second inning and the Blazers were never able to recover and get back into the game.
“Every win is precious, every win is big. It’s a good win for our club against a very good opponent,” said UAB head coach Brian Shoop on teams come-from-behind win in game two.
Frost finished the day 5-for-8 at the plate with a HR, two runs, two RBI and a stolen base.
The Blazers return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Troy for a mid-week game. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
Game One – ASU 8, UAB 1
UAB fell behind early in the first game of a double-header to Arkansas State, eventually falling 8-1.
James Naile (2-2) picked up the loss for UAB, surrendering four runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks. He had two strikeouts.
Frost was responsible for the only Blazers run of the game, knocking a home run over the right field fence to lead off the fourth inning.
Most of the damage against Naile came in the bottom of the second inning when Arkansas State (10-4) plated three runs on three hits. Two of the three runs came with two outs in the inning.
The Red Wolves added a fourth run in the bottom of the third inning and two more in the eighth and ninth innings.
John Frost went 2-for-4 in the game with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Chandler Hawkins (2-0) got the win for the Red Wolves, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings.
Game Two – UAB 4, ASU 2
After falling behind early, UAB scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth to rally past Arkansas State, 4-2.
Cameron Rose got the start for the Blazers and went three innings allowing two runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks.
Tuner Lee (1-0) came on in relief for UAB and pitched six scoreless innings to earn the win. Lee allowed three hits, three walks, and had five strikeouts in the outing.
“That was the Tuner Lee that we thought we had. He let us hang around and kept us in the game and was able to close the door as well after we took the lead. He’s had good stuff the entire time but his mentality an approach tonight is what we are looking for and if he can continue that, he will be really good for us,” added Shoop.
UAB missed out on some opportunities early to put runs on the board, stranding runners on third base in four of the first five innings.
Arkansas State got on the board first, scoring a run in the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead.
The Blazers were able to break through in the sixth inning, scoring a run to cut the Red Wolves lead in half. Frost and Tyler Mims each reached base to lead off the inning before Jacob German reached on an error to score Frost.
UAB tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the eighth when Jacob German singled in Mims, who led off the inning with a walk. German was sacrificed to second but the Blazers weren’t able to come up with a hit to get him home.
With one out in the ninth, Harry Clark, De Jesus, and Frost connected on three straight singles to give the Blazers a one run lead, 3-2. With runners on second and third, Mims laid down a sacrifice bunt to score De Jesus.
The Blazers turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.
Frost continued his good day at the plate with a 3-for-4 in game two with a RBI, run scored, and stolen base.
Seth McWilliams received the loss for ASU, surrendering two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings pitched.