March 22, 2014
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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Junior right-handed pitcher Alex Luna had a fantastic night on the mound, guiding the UAB baseball team to a 5-0 win at Hawaii on Friday. It marked the first time Hawaii had been shut out in 2014.
“He has been on his game almost every outing this year,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “The numbers that stick out are he doesn’t walk anybody. When you throw a game with no walks, it is hard.”
Luna was spectacular on the hill on Friday night. The junior right-handed pitcher threw 7.2 scoreless innings, scattered five hits, struck out six, and did not walk one at Hawaii (10-12, 0-0). The Huntsville, Ala. native has struck out 30 on the year, while only walking two. He improved to 4-0 in 2014 with the win against the Rainbow Warriors.
“He works fast and throws strikes in the bottom of the zone with a lot of movement,” added Shoop. “He gave a great effort and we are obviously happy with him.
Senior outfielder Ivan De Jesus and junior outfielder Chase Davis each registered two RBI on Friday night in Honolulu. Redshirt junior infielder Matt Morse clubbed a career-best three hits, as well.
For the second straight night, it was a pitcher’s duel, this time between Luna and Hawaii junior left-handed pitcher Scott Squier. Neither pitcher allowed a run through the first four innings of play.
UAB (17-6, 4-2) broke through in the fifth inning for three runs. With two outs, Morse singled to right field. Sophomore infielder Adam Smith followed that up with a walk, putting runners on first and second for Davis. Davis hit a single to right field, scoring Morse and advancing Smith to third. After Davis stole second, De Jesus then hit a ball to Hawaii sophomore third baseman Juliene Jones. Jones attempted to backhand the ball and could not corral the ball, allowing Smith and Davis to score.
The Blazers extended their advantage to 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning. Morse started things off with a single up the middle. The redshirt junior infielder was moved over to second after a sacrifice bunt from Smith. Davis then singled through the left side, plating Morse for his second RBI of the night.
In the eighth inning, UAB added one more run. With two outs, sophomore catcher Mitch Williams hit a single to the pitcher. Morse singled to right field for his third base knock of the contest. Smith then hit a single to left field, scoring Williams from second.
Senior left-handed pitcher Turner Lee replaced Luna in the eighth inning, after Luna gave up two singles in the frame. With runners on first and second and two outs, Lee forced a fly out to right field to end the threat. Lee pitched a perfect ninth to seal the shutout.
The four-game series against the Rainbow Warriors resumes on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 p.m. CT in Honolulu.
Notes: The UAB baseball team recorded its first win against Hawaii in program history on Friday night … UAB became the first team to shut out Hawaii in 2014 … Redshirt junior infielder Matt Morse recorded a career-best three hits on the night … Senior outfielder Ivan De Jesus had a season-high two RBI at Hawaii … Junior outfielder Chase Davis had his eighth multi-hit game of the year against Hawaii, which leads the squad … Davis also had two RBI on the night, his third contest with at least two RBI in 2014.
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