Baseball Claims Rubber Match With Marshall, 5-1

RHP Michael Busby went a career-long 7.2 innings with eight strikeouts to earn the win

March 25, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team scored four times in the bottom of the second, while Michael Busby allowed just one run over 7.2 innings to help capture the rubber match of the three-game series with Marshall, 5-1, at Young Memorial Field on Sunday afternoon.

It marked the fifth year in a row that the series winner was decided on Sunday’s finale.   The 2012 match up saw Marshall win the first game 7-4 on Friday, but the Blazers bounced back to take the next two contests by the identical 5-1 scores.

UAB will host Alabama at Regions Park on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.

“I thought we played a really good game in every capacity,” head coach Brian Shoop said.  “It was just a really clean game for us.  We had some really competitive at bats, Busby was really good, the pen pitched well and (Jacob) German was able to cut down their running game. It was a good team effort from our guys today.”

UAB (16-9, 2-1 C-USA) pounded out 11 hits as a team, spearheaded by leadoff man Ivan De Jesus.  The sophomore outfielder finished with a career day, going 4-for-4 and reaching base safely in all five plate appearances.

First baseman John Frost was the primary run producer in the game, knocking in three of UAB’s five runs.  Keith DePew and Jeff Schalk each roped a pair of hits and Jacob German scored twice for the winners.

Busby (2-1) was dominant on the mound for the Blazers, scattering six hits (all singles) in a career-long 7.2 innings to earn the win.  The right-hander totaled eight punch outs, without issuing a walk.  The Vicksburg, Miss. native allowed only two Herd base runners to reach past first, which both came in the second inning.

The trend of scoring early against Marshall (10-13, 1-2 C-USA) continued on Sunday, this time against MU starter Wayland Moore (0-1).  After putting up a three runs in the first inning on Saturday, UAB marked up the scoreboard with a crooked number again, this time in the second. 

Marshall had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second on a Thor Meeks RBI single to left, the only time all day that Busby would fall into trouble against the Herd.

In the last of the second, Patrick Palmeiro started the four-run rally when he smoked a double to right-center field with one down.  Tanner Bryant and German each drew consecutive walks to load the bases for DePew.  The senior knocked in the first run of the day on an infield single to shortstop. 

De Jesus followed with a RBI single in front of Frost, who laced a two-run base hit up the middle to knock Moore from the game.

The big inning was all that Busby would need as he was in control throughout the rest of his outing.  Busby would only allow three base runners after the second and retired 10 straight from the fourth to the seventh inning.

In fact, Busby, Dylan Munger and Ryan Nance combined to face just two batters over the minimum after the second inning.

Alfredo Brito and Adrian Farris paced the Marshall offense with two hits each.