Baseball, Jacksonville State Split Pair

De Jesus went 3-for-5 with four runs scored in the first game

March 21, 2012

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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team captured a suspended game from Feb. 28, 14-8 and then dropped a 4-3 decision to Jacksonville State at Rudy Abbott Field on Wednesday night.

UAB now sits at 14-8 on the season, while the Gamecocks are 6-14 following the split.

Game 1:  UAB 14, Jacksonville State 8
The game started on Feb. 28 and was finished three weeks later, with UAB claiming the contest 14-8.

The back-breaking inning for the Blazers came in the top of the sixth, when the Green and Gold crossed home plate eight times by use of just three hits.  The Gamecocks defense helped out UAB, making three errors to prolong the frame as it batted around and saw 13 batters step into the box.

UAB had trailed 5-3 heading into the sixth, but after putting up a snowman on the scoreboard, the Blazers were able to cruise their way to victory.

Ivan De Jesus tied a career-high with three hits, while he scored four runs out of the leadoff spot as UAB rocketed 15 hits as a ball club.

Coy Arrowood joined De Jesus with a three-hit game of his own.  Michael Busby added a double, triple and two RBI, and Patrick Palmeiro and John Frost each knocked in a pair.

Jacob German (2-0) earned the win in relief of Tanner Bryant, pitching 3.1 innings.  The righty gave up only one run, off two hits with two strikeouts.

JSU’s Hunter Rivers (0-2) was saddled with the loss out of the bullpen.  Kyle Stone had a career day in the eighth spot in the lineup for the Gamecocks, going a perfect 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Game 2:  Jacksonville State 4, UAB 3
JSU scored a run in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie to squeak past the Blazers in the second game of the night at Abbott Field.

JSU jumped out early, putting up a two-spot in the bottom of the first on a two-run blast from Ben Waldrip.

UAB was quick to answer the next half inning, when German shot a base hit to right field, scoring two runs to knot up the score.

In the top of the third, Jeff Schalk laced a base hit off JSU third base man Kyle Stone’s glove that trickled into left field allowing the go-ahead run to cross.  The Blazers looked to cash in some more runs, but Gamecocks’ reliever Travis Stout escaped a bases loaded jam with a strikeout.

The score squared up again in the last of the third, thanks to a RBI infield single by Kyle Bluestein.

JSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth against Bryant on a single, hit by pitch and a walk.  But, the righty kept the Gamecocks off the scoreboard by getting a pop up to Palmeiro at third.

Neither team could push across a run through the middle three innings, as each bullpen matched each other pitch for pitch.

The levies broke in the bottom of the seventh when lefty Dylan Munger (2-2) uncorked a wild pitch with a JSU runner on third to break the 3-3 tie, with what proved to be the winning run.

Ussery finished the game 2-for-5 to pace the offense.

Tanner Freshour earned the win, improving to 2-0 with an inning of scoreless relief.  Todd Hornsby recorded the last six outs for his third save of the year.

UAB returns to the diamond on Friday and opens up Conference USA action at Young Memorial Field.  The Blazers welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd for a three-game series.  First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.