March 18, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The bottom of the order proved deadly in game two of the doubleheader, going 9-for-13 en route to sparking the Blazers to a 12-1 rout over the visitors from North Carolina A&T State. The win salvages the series against the Aggies, and ends a three game losing streak while pushing UAB's record to 13-7 on the year.
Ryan Metcalf, Jorge Gutierrez and Torrey Croft provided the thunder for head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad, as they combined for eight hits and five RBIs. Croft also homered for the first time of the season, a three-run shot deep over the left field wall. Metcalf picked up where he left off in game one, totaling six hits on the day and raising his season average over 50 points during the day. Gutierrez also had an RBI for the green and gold, who had a total of 13 hits in the contest. Danny Sawyer kept on rolling, doubling in the first to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Jim Crew picked up the win for UAB, remaining unblemished on the season at 3-0. The sophomore again failed to allow an earned run while allowing only two hits against the Aggie attack. Crew had five strikeouts while throwing a strong six innings for the Blazers. Jacob Legg and Drew Murray did the rest, combining to throw three innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits while striking out four.
UAB wasted no time getting ahead, plating one in the first to take an early lead. After a Phillip Bell single, Sawyer doubled to deep right center, bring home Bell to make it 1-0 Blazers. The UAB bats continued to attack, scoring six runs in the next two frames to extend the advantage to 7-1.
The green and gold would use good plate discipline and Aggie miscues to score in the second inning, as an RBI walk to Sawyer coupled with a wild pitch would push two runs across the board for UAB. The Blazers did it the old fashioned way the next time around, as a Metcalf triple would score Ryne Lovdahl
to make it 4-1. Gutierrez than ripped a line drive to right, scoring Metcalf to add to the lead. Bell scoried another run on a fielder's choice, with Sawyer closing out the scoring with an RBI single.
Larry Giangrosso's team continued to pour it on, scoring three more runs in the fourth for a commanding 10-1 lead. UAB got those runs on one swing of the bat, as Croft took an Aggie fastball and blasted it over the left field wall for his first round tripper of the year. The green and gold would score two more in the eighth, as a double by Donnie Muth and a wild pitch would close out the scoring.
UAB hits the road for a mid-week clash on Tuesday, as they head to Starkville to take on the No. 6 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs. After that, the Blazers return home to start conference play, as they will host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in a three game set at Young Memorial Field starting Friday, March 24.