March 25, 2008
BIRMINGHAN, Ala. - The UAB Blazers snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Troy Trojans, 10-5, at Young Memorial Field Tuesday night. Four Blazers hit home runs to spark the Blazer offense. Center fielder Cody McMurry led the way by going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a home run.
UAB improves to 7-13 with Tuesday's victory, while Troy is now 16-8.
In addition to McMurry's offensive fireworks, right fielder Brint Hardy was also explosive, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Both McMurry and Hardy finished the game a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Left fielder Phil Bell was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, while catcher Allen Aubin was 1-for-3 with a solo home run.
Right-hander Kyle Roberson (2-2) earned the victory on the mound for UAB after throwing 3.1 innings in which he gave up just one hit and no runs, while striking out four.
Jeff Green (0-2) got the loss despite striking out seven Blazers in 4.2 innings. Green gave up four runs on six hits.
Troy was led offensively by first baseman Daryl Otwell who finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate. Right fielder Michael Precise was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Bell hit his third long ball of the season over the left-center field wall which scored second baseman Nick Crawford to give UAB a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Blazers extended their lead to 3-0 in the second when Hardy doubled down the left field line to score third baseman Andrew Manning who had walked to lead off the inning.
Troy took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Blazers to tie the game, 3-3, in the top of the third. UAB starter Johnny Volk walked the first two batters of the inning to bring second baseman Trevor Tyre to the plate. Tyre then laid down a bunt back to the mound where Volk fielded the ball cleanly but delivered his throw to first all the way to the visitor bullpen down the right field line, allowing two runs to score.
Tyre then scored the third run of the inning on a ground out by center fielder Bryan Miller.
The Blazers came back in the bottom of the third and regained the lead, 4-3, when Bell singled and then stole second before coming home on a single up the middle by McMurry.
In the sixth, UAB used three solo home runs to open up a 7-3 lead. McMurry delivered the first homer of the inning before Aubin snuck a homer just inside the left field foul pole. Hardy hit the third home run of the inning to left-center field.
After the Trojans scored two runs in the seventh to cut the deficit to 7-5, UAB came back around in the bottom half of the inning and scored three runs on a double by McMurry and a two-run single by designated hitter Luke Stewart to pull away with the 10-5 lead.
The Blazers will be back in action at Young Memorial Field on Wednesday when they play host to Alabama A&M at 6:30 p.m.