March 14, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- After taking an early lead, the Blazers fell short against No. 6 ranked Mississippi State 20-4 in a mid-week clash at Young Memorial Field on Tuesday night. The loss moves the Blazers record to 12-5 on the season, while the Bulldogs go to 12-0 on year.
Ben Styes took the defeat on the hill for head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing four runs. The Blazers used nine pitchers on the night, setting a UAB record for walks in a game with 16. The previous record was 14 set in 1983 against Illinois State.
UAB managed just seven hits against the Mississippi State hurlers, with Phillip Bell leading the way with his first three hit game of the season. John Wayne Donahue also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the green and gold. Danny Sawyer added two hits, and extended his team high hitting streak to 10 games.
The Blazers got out to an early lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. Bell started the rally, singling to left to open the frame. After Swayer was hit by a pitch and Donahue walked, the Blazers had the bases loaded. UAB would push its first run across when Zac Ward hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Bell and giving the green and gold its only lead of the night, 1-0.
Mississippi State would respond, scoring eight unanswered runs to take a commanding lead. UAB would try to play catch up, scoring two runs in the fifth to close the lead to 8-3. Levi Patmon reached on a walk, and was sent to third on Bell's second hit of the night, a double down the left field line. Donahue would clean up the basepaths, doubling off the right field wall to score two and cut into the Bulldog advantage.
However, Mississippi State foiled all chances at a UAB comeback, scoring 12 runs over the final four innings to push the game out of reach. The Blazers would add a run in the seventh, as freshman Robert Brewster
had his first RBI of his UAB career, plating Bell to end the scoring for the Blazers.
UAB continues it homestand this weekend, hosting North Carolina A&T in a three game set at Young Memorial Field. First pitch Friday is set for 6 p.m. Follow every play online with gametracker, available at UAB's website, www.uabsports.com.