March 26, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB baseball team was unable to salvage game three of a C-USA series against No. 22 Southern Miss on Sunday, falling 12-1 in seven innings to the Golden Eagles at Young Memorial Field. This loss pushes the Blazers' season record to 13-11 and 0-3 in conference play.
The Golden Eagles (20-6, 3-0 C-USA) had 11 hits on the day, and got a solid effort from pitcher Cliff Russum. Jim Crew took the loss for UAB, his first on the season. Crew threw 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs. The sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., struck out four hitters before being relieved by Jacob Legg. Legg threw an inning in relief, and was followed by Ben Styes, Mitch Thorn and Drew Murray, who combined for three frames and one strikeout.
The Green and Gold offense struggled against Southern Miss on Sunday, mustering only one hit during the contest. Junior Zac Ward went 1-for-3 on the day. Danny Sawyer ended his hit streak on Sunday, failing to get a hit for the first time in 16 games.
The scoreboard posted several zeroes in the first half of the game, as through the first three innings neither team produced a run. Southern Miss broke the ice in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs to take an early 3-0 lead. UAB used Golden Eagle miscues to score their first run, as Sawyer hit a fly ball to left that was misplayed into a double. Sawyer advance to third on a flyout, and crossed home when Ward hit an RBI groundout to the shortstop to make it 3-1.
The Golden Eagles responded, scoring nine unanswered runs in the next three innings to put the game out of reach. The contest was called after the seventh due to the mercy rule.
UAB hits the road this week, playing their next nine games on the road. The Blazers begin their trek on Tuesday, travelling to Jacksonville State for a mid-week clash at 6:30 p.m. The Green and Gold then heads to Kennesaw, Ga., on Wednesday for a single game against Kennesaw State. Next weekend, UAB travels to Ruston, La., to play a three game series against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
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