March 12, 2013
TROY, Ala. ----- Ryan Prinzing and Ivan De Jesus each went deep and Sam Kelley pitched seven strong innings to lead the UAB baseball team to a 9-3 win at Troy.
The 2-3-4 hitters for UAB (8-9), Prinzing, John Frost, and De Jesus, did most of the damage against Troy (11-4) starter Brady Ryan (1-2), combining to go 8-for-13 with seven RBI and five runs scored.
Prinzing, who was a triple shy of the cycle, broke the game open in the second innings with a 3-run home run over the right field wall to give the Blazers a 5-0 lead.
Last week’s Conference USA Hitter of the Week, Frost, stayed hot at the plate, going 4-for-5 and picking up three RBI.
“Obviously runs have been a premium for us this season. We kind of came to life late in that second game of the doubleheader at Arkansas State and thankfully that carried over to tonight. It was a really good offensive game for our kids and it’s exciting to put nine runs on the board,” said UAB head coach Brian Shoop.
The Blazers jumped out to an early lead when Frost singled in Prinzing in the top of the first inning. Jeff Schalk’s sacrifice fly scored De Jesus to put the Blazers up 2-0. Tyler Mims followed that up with a single to knock the Troy starter out of the game after two-thirds of an inning.
Tanner Bryant and Wes Kent walked to start the second inning, before Prinzing went deep to put the Blazers up 5-0.
After UAB added a run in the top of the third, Troy got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. The Trojans put its leadoff runner on before Logan Pierce hit a home run to right center to cut into the Blazers lead, 6-2.
Frost picked up two more RBI in the seventh inning when he singled in Davis and Prinzing, who reached on a walk and double, respectively.
De Jesus’ leadoff solo home run to straight away center in the seventh inning capped the Blazers second highest run output of the season.
Kelley (1-0) picked up the win for the Blazers on the mound, surrendering three runs on six hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.
Cory Eller came in to pitch the final two innings and allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two.
“To me the most exciting thing of the night was no walks and no errors. Every time we put together a night like that, you have a good chance to win. Sam was outstanding, Cory was really good and defense was perfect against a really good Troy team,” added Shoop.
Prinzing finished 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run, three RBI and three runs scored. He also reached base via hit by pitch for the sixth time this season, a team high.
UAB will return to action this weekend in Orlando, Fla. when it takes on Valparaiso, Indiana and Dartmouth at the RussMatt Invitational.