March 24, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Levi Patmon went 2-for-3 on the night for the UAB baseball team, but it wasn't enough as the Blazers were defeated by No. 22 Southern Miss, 8-2, Friday night at Young Memorial Field.
The loss dropped the Green and Gold's Conference USA record to 0-1, while its season tally stands at 13-9.
Heath Tapscott took the loss for head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad, evening his record to 2-2. The sophomore from Hartselle, Ala., battled threw four innings, allowing nine hits and eight runs. The righthander had two strikeouts before giving way to freshman Derek Hanks. Hanks tossed a spotless three innings in relief, keeping the Golden Eagles (18-6, 1-0 C-USA) off the scoreboard during his time on the mound. Grant Addison was next to take the hill, throwing two frames of shutout baseball.
The Blazers were lead offensively by Patmon, who had two hits in the leadoff spot for Giangrosso. Five other players posted a hit for UAB, with Danny Sawyer's single in the sixth inning pushing his hitting streak to a team-high 15 games.
The No. 22 team in the country jumped out early on UAB, scoring eight runs in the first five innings. The Blazers put together their first rally in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs to slice into the Southern Miss advantage. Jorge Gutierrez would start things off, rocketing a single into left center. He came around to score just one batter later, as junior Steven Turner hit a double off the left field wall to score UAB's first run of the evening. Turner then put his legs to work, scampering across home plate after a Southern Miss passed ball.
UAB attempted to string together some rallies later in the ball game, but was unable to push runs across the board. The Blazers stranded seven runners, unable to get the big hit to help spark a comeback.
UAB hosts Southern Miss Saturday for game two of the weekend series at Young Memorial Field at 2 p.m. Senior lefthander Lyle Northington will take the mound for UAB and will be opposed by David Clark.