UAB Opens C-USA Series With 4-2 Win

March 14, 2014

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The UAB baseball team recorded a 4-2 victory at Old Dominion on Friday night. UAB collected its first win on a Friday night in a 2014 Conference USA three-game series with its victory against the Monarchs.

“Our kids play with a lot of confidence when Chase is on the mound,” head coach Brian Shoop stated. “A great job by him again.”

Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard continued his great start to 2014 on Friday night at Old Dominion (11-7, 1-3). Mallard went 7.1 innings, gave up two runs, struck out four, and walked two. The Cullman, Ala. native recorded his fifth quality start of the season, at least 6.0 innings pitched and not surrendering more than three runs, in his fifth start of the year. Mallard improved to 4-0 on the mound.

“It was a great start against a very good hitting team, a lot of power,” said Shoop. “They really are built for this park, so they are dangerous every at bat. You have to be really good and I thought Chase was really good.”

For the fifth time this season, the UAB baseball team (15-4, 3-1) scored in the first inning of play. Junior outfielder Chase Davis started things off with his seventh double of the year, and then advanced to third after senior outfielder Ivan De Jesus grounded out. With Davis on third, senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing hit a grounder back to the pitcher, but plated Davis to give UAB a 1-0 advantage.

“It’s easier said than done,” added Shoop. “We talk about being ready in the first inning, talk about winning the first inning. That doesn’t just happen.”

In the second inning, UAB extended its lead. With the bases loaded, Davis grounded into a fielder’s choice, but scored sophomore infielder Evan Peterson. De Jesus and redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum each then had RBI singles, pushing the Green and Gold lead to 4-0.

Old Dominion put its first runs on the board in the fifth inning. With runners on second and third and one out, ODU sophomore outfielder Connor Myers hit a single to right center to score one. Junior outfielder Josh Eldridge, the next Monarch batter, hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Blazers’ advantage to 4-2.

Mallard shut down the host team after allowing their only runs of the contest. He would not allow a base runner in his final 2.1 innings on the mound.

Senior left-handed pitcher Turner Lee filled in for Mallard in the eighth. Two Monarchs got on, as result of an error and hit batsman, but Lee got out of the jam. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cory Eller came on for the final two outs and recorded his second save of the year. ­­­

The three-game Conference USA series will resume on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CT in Norfolk, Va.

Notes: The first four hitters in the UAB lineup all had at least one RBI on Friday night … Junior outfielder Chase Davis led the game off with his team-leading seventh double of the 2014 campaign … Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard recorded his fifth quality start of the year in his fifth start of 2014 ... This marked the first meeting between the two programs since the 1991 Sun Belt Tournament championship game.

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