March 17, 2013
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. ----- The UAB baseball team fell, 4-0, to Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon in Winter Haven, Fla. as part of the RussMatt Invitational.
James Naile (2-3) got the start for UAB (9-11) and surrendered four runs, three earned, on seven hits and one walk in the loss.
The Blazers had their chances to put runs on the board but weren’t able to come up with timely hits. UAB out-hit Dartmouth 12-9 and left 13 runners on base.
“I haven’t played in too many games that you get 12 hits and no runs. We had a lot of hits and a lot of opportunities jut not at the right time. Dartmouth’s a very good club and they’ve beaten some good clubs this year and got us today,” said UAB head coach Brian Shoop.
Dartmouth (5-0) put a run on the board early, scoring an unearned run on a single by Ennis Coble in the top of the first inning.
The Big Green’s Nick Lombardi broke the game open in the top of the third inning, when he hit a three-run home run to left field to give Dartmouth a four run advantage.
UAB got is best scoring chance in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Blazers loaded the bases with two outs but the next batter flied out to center to end the threat.
Cameron Rose pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball in relief of Naile, allowing two hits and one walk.
“Cameron was great and he’s been great all year. He is earning more and more innings each time out and he is going to be a big factor for us, no question, the rest of the way,” added Shoop.
Kyle Hunter improved to 1-0 on the season, pitching six scoreless innings for Dartmouth. He surrendered seven hits on one walk while striking out four.
UAB returns to action next weekend when they open conference play against UCF at Young Memorial Field. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, March 22.