March 16, 2014
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NORFOLK, Va. – The UAB baseball team suffered a 4-1 setback in the series finale at Old Dominion on Sunday. Despite the loss, UAB won its second Conference USA three-game series of 2014.
“Today was miserable,” head coach Brian Shoop stated. “Bitter conditions to play in. The wind was blowing the opposite it was the first two days. It would be a day of ground balls that would get through and freebies. You couldn’t give walks and unfortunately we did today.”
ODU senior left-handed pitcher Andy Roberts threw a complete game, allowing one earned, striking out four, and walking three. It marked his first complete game of his collegiate career.
Old Dominion (12-8, 2-4) scored one run in the second inning to take an early 1-0 advantage. With two outs, ODU senior infielder Brian Bashara hit a ground ball to UAB sophomore infielder Adam Smith. Smith made a throwing error, allowing the inning to continue. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Johnny Lieske surrendered consecutive singles, which allowed the Monarchs to plate one unearned run.
In the fourth inning, UAB (16-5, 4-2) knotted things up. Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing drew a walk with one out. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum then singled through the left side, putting men on first and second. Junior first baseman Jeff Schalk placed a single through the right side, plating Prinzing.
Senior right-handed pitcher Cameron Rose came in for Lieske in the sixth inning. ODU’s Bashara pushed the host team ahead with an RBI single up the middle in the frame. The Monarchs added two more runs after RBI singles from junior outfielder Taylor Ostrich and senior designated hitter Ben Slaton.
Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Adam Lamar filled in for Rose in the sixth. Lamar was able to get the final out of the inning in the first batter he faced. Junior outfielder Chase Davis made a diving play on a line drive to end the frame.
“Disappointed with today, overall obviously a good weekend,” added Shoop. “To go on the road, win two out of three against Old Dominion, who I think is a very, very solid college baseball team. They are going to be competitive every weekend.”
The UAB baseball team goes back on the road with a four-game series at the University of Hawaii. The four-game set begins on Thursday night in Honolulu.
Notes: Despite Sunday’s setback, the UAB baseball team won its sixth straight three-game series … It marked the first time UAB has won six consecutive three-game series since 2009-10 … Redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum had his seventh multi-hit contest of the season on Sunday … For the second straight game, junior first baseman Jeff Schalk had at least one RBI.
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