March 17, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Zac Ward had two hits and Danny Sawyer extended his hit streak to a team-high 11 games, but it wasn't enough as UAB fell to North Carolina A&T State 6-2 on Friday in game one of a weekend series at Young Memorial Field. The is the Blazers' second loss in a row, and puts their season record at 12-6.
Heath Tapscott took the "L" for UAB, the first loss of the year for the sophomore. Tapscott battled, but never found his groove, throwing five innings while striking out six batters. He allowed three earned runs and nine hits, and suffered his first setback on the year. Derek Hanks and Mitch Thorn pitched in relief, going four innings while not allowing a run. Hanks pitched a career-high 3.2 frames, allowing only three hits while striking out three. Thorn pitched a scoreless inning as well.
The green and gold offensive attack sputtered tonight against Aggie hurler Michael Huaff, only mustering up five hits on the evening. Ward led the way, going 2-for-4 to raise his season average to a team-high .370. Sawyer singled in the eighth, extending his career long hitting streak to 11 games. Levi Patmon and John Wayne Donahue also had hits for the Blazers.
UAB played catch up all night, falling behind from the first inning and never holding a lead at any time during the contest. The visiting Aggies jumped out of the gate, scoring five runs in their first three at bats to take a 5-0 lead. The advantage would climb to 6-0 in the fifth, before the Blazers would put a run on the scoreboard.
Head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad finally got runs across in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two to close the margin to 6-2. Donahue had a big blow, doubling home Patmon to score the first run of the night. He wouldn't stay at second base long, as Ward tripled deep into the right center gap to bring him around and plate another UAB run.
That would be all the offense for the green and gold, as Huaff threw a complete game for the Aggies. UAB would attempt to mount a rally in the eight, but Huaff would close the door with with a strikeout.
The Blazers will look to rebound tomorrow, as UAB will play games two and three of the series in a doubleheader. Both games will be played on Saturday, with game one of the twinbill set for noon. Follow Blazer baseball online with gametracker, available through the UAB website, www.uabsports.com.