March 13, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB scored 13 runs in the first three innings, eight in the second inning alone, to earn a 15-8 victory against Purdue Tuesday night at Young Memorial Field. Senior Ryne Lovdahl had a monstrous day, going 3-for-3 with five RBI, a home run and four runs scored. First-year head coach Brian Shoop recorded his 700th career head coaching victory with UAB's triumph.
UAB improves to 8-8 with the win, while Purdue falls to 4-6.
Senior outfielder J.R. Bond was 3-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored against the Boilermakers, while junior outfielder Phil Bell was impressive as well, totaling three hits in six at bats with one RBI and two runs scored. Senior outfielder Steven Turner also had multiple RBI's as he had a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance.
Freshman Jonathan Merritt was 1-for-1 with a triple and two RBI.
Junior right-hander Dustin Colburn (1-0) made his first start as a Blazer and earned the victory, throwing 5.0 innings in which he allowed three earned runs and struck out three.
Purdue's Eric Van Matre (0-1) was tabbed with the loss after he allowed four earned runs, while earning just one out.
The Boilermakers were led offensively by lead-off man and left fielder Jordan Comadena who was 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a home run. First baseman Ryan White also had three hits in the game, while recording two RBI.
After Purdue stranded two runners in the first, UAB came up and made an early impact in the contest when senior outfielder Levi Patmon led off the inning with a walk and then Bell joined him on base by beating out a bunt single to the pitcher. Then, after junior first baseman Ryan Keedy was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Lovdahl came to the plate and knocked a full-count pitch through the left side for a two-run single to take a 2-0 lead.
UAB would get one more in the first to make it 3-0 before Purdue came up in the second and registered three runs of its own when Comadena came up and drilled a three-run homer to left field.
In the second, UAB blew the game open, scoring eight runs on six hits and two errors, with a two-run triple by Merritt serving as the biggest blow before he would eventually be single home by Bell to score the final run of the UAB big inning that gave the Blazers an 11-3 lead.
UAB scored two runs in both the third and fourth inning to surge out in front, 15-3. The Boilermakers showed resilience as they slowly battled back, adding three runs in the sixth and then one run in both the seventh and eighth, however UAB's early inning charge was too much for Purdue to overcome.
The two teams will meet for the final game of the two-game series on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Young Memorial Field.