BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB pounded out 15 hits in game one of their doubleheader, but fell 6-5 against the North Carolina A&T Aggies on Saturday in game one at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers dropped their third straight, with the season record now standing at 12-7.
The green and gold attack was back, as they managed 15 hits from a lineup that have been stifled by Aggie pitching the night before. Phillip Bell and Ryan Metcalf both had great days at the plate, with three hits apiece in the contest. Billy Lichtner added two hits of his own, while Danny Sawyer chipped in two hits and two RBIs in the game. Sawyer's hits pushed his team-hitting streak to 12 games, and upped his season average to .321.
Senior Lyle Northington took the loss for UAB, throwing 4.1 innings while allowing six earned runs. The native of Detroit, Ala., failed to keep Aggie hitters off balance, giving up a season high 10 hits in his stint on the mound. Ben Styes relieved the lefthander, keeping UAB in striking distance with 3.2 shutout innings. Styes rebounded well from a rough outing earlier in the week, striking out four while only being touched up for two hits. Mitch Thorn continued his string of solid outings, throwing a scoreless ninth inning for head coach Larry Giangrosso while striking out one.
UAB's bats decided to jump to the lead in today's contest, scoring three runs in their first three at bats to gain a 3-0 advantage. In the opening frame, a leadoff single and stolen base by Levi Patmon set the table, with John Wayne Donahue bringing home the bacon, singling up the middle for the first Blazer run of the day. Just two innings later, the green and gold would strike again, this time on the strength of Zac Ward RBI single, pushing the lead to 3-0.
North Carolina A&T State would respond, scoring six runs in the top of the fourth and fifth to take their first lead of the contest. UAB quickly chipped away at the margin, scoring a run in both the bottom of the fifth and eighth to pull themselves closer. A Sawyer double would score Bell, making it 6-4 at the end of the fifth inning. The Blazers would later score on an RBI walk to Sawyer, bringing them within one run of the Aggie lead. Things would end there, as North Carolina A&T induced a fly out to end the rally.
The green and gold would attempt to put something together in their final at bat, but it would not come to pass as the Aggies closed the door to secure the win.