March 20, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB sophomore right-hander James Oliver entered Tuesday night's game in the eighth inning with runners on first and second and one out and carried the Blazers to the finish line for a 7-6 victory over Troy at Young Memorial Field. UAB improves to 10-11 on the year thanks to Oliver's performance in earning his first save of the season, and junior second baseman Tyler Rollin, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game. Troy is now 13-9 with the loss.
UAB junior right-hander Dustin Colburn (2-1) earned the win on Tuesday after containing an explosive offensive team, allowing four earned runs in 6.0 innings of work in which he struck out three batters.
Right-hander Jeff Green (1-2) was the losing pitcher for Troy after he allowed three runs in 2.0 innings.
Rollin was a key reason for the Blazers scoring seven runs between the fourth and sixth innings as he had two doubles to help manufacture three runs. Junior outfielder Phil Bell was also impressive at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while stealing one base.
Senior catcher Danny Sawyer was 2-for-4 against the Trojans with two runs scored and an RBI, while junior first baseman Ryan Keedy, senior third baseman Ryne Lovdahl and senior center fielder J.R. Bond all had one hit for the game.
UAB had only allowed three home runs all season heading into Tuesday's matchup, however that number doubled, as the Trojans left the yard three times. Going long for Troy were center fielder Ian Craze, first baseman Josh Dew and right fielder Clint Robinson.
Troy struck first in the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Craze and Dew both homered to left center field.
The two long shots appeared to wake up the UAB bats as the Blazers came up in the bottom half of the fourth and registered four runs of their own to take a 4-2 lead. Lovdahl began the rally when he led-off the inning by singling through the left side and then Bond followed by legging out a single to the shortstop. Lovdahl would come around to score on a Sawyer single and the Bond crossed home plate on a Bell single. In all, the Blazers got four runs on five hits and one error in the big inning.
After an economical fifth inning, Troy got the scoring going and regained the lead again in the sixth, scoring three runs, two of which came via Robinson's two-run blast over the right field wall.
Again the Blazers answered, scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a two-run double down the left field line by Rollin that put UAB on top 7-5.
Troy would get one more run home in the eighth inning, however it was Oliver who dashed the Trojans hope of pulling off a come-from-behind victory as the Blazers prevailed, 7-6.
UAB will be back in action at Young Memorial Field on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when it hosts Alabama A&M.