Bats Lead Blazers By Marshall, 10-6

Chase Mallard went a career-long 7.1 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win

March 29, 2013

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. ---- After both teams combined for 11 runs in the first two innings, the UAB baseball team received a standout performance by Chase Mallard out of the bullpen to claim a 10-6 victory on Friday at Appalachian Power Park.

The two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday, with first game slated to begin at 2 p.m. CT.

The game started off with a bang, as leadoff hitter Ivan De Jesus hit a solo blast, his second of the season, to get things going for the Blazer offense that finished with 10 hits.  UAB (11-14, 1-3 C-USA) wasn't done with the long ball after De Jesus, as Ryan Prinzing launched a solo dinger of his own to put the Blazers up 2-0 after a half inning of action.

Things turned South for the Blazers in the bottom half of the first fame as Marshall (10-14, 0-1) scored four times by the use of two hits. The big blow being a bases clearing double off the bat of Eric Escobedo.

The merry-go-round on the bases continued a half inning later, as UAB poured on four more runs in the top of the second. De Jesus brought home the first run of the inning on a bases loaded walk and Prinzing added a RBI single to highlight the frame.

Marshall pushed across a run in the second on a RBI ground out by Nathan Gomez, ending the day for Blazer starter Tanner Bryant. Head coach Brian Shoop went to his bullpen early and received a stellar relief outing from righty Chase Mallard.

Mallard (1-2) recorded the third out of the second and went the rest of the way, logging a career-best 7.1 innings and keeping the Marshall lineup in check all afternoon. The Cullman, Ala., native scattered five hits and allowed just one run (earned) with five strikeouts and two walks to earn his first win of the season.

"Chase was great. Marshall only got one run after he came in and he left a guy on third when he entered in the second inning, which was huge for us," Shoop said. "Chase was really able to calm the storm and that is a nice weapon to have for us."

The Blazers tacked on some insurance, adding a run in the fourth on a ringing RBI double by John Frost and three more runs in the sixth.  Harry Clark squeezed in a run in front of Chase Davis hitting a two-run single.

"We had two big innings (three or more runs) in the game, which has been difficult for us, since we only had six on the year. I'm thankful we were able to get out of here with a win today, knowing we have a big challenge tomorrow," Shoop said.

Chase Boster (1-4) started for the Thundering Herd and suffered the loss, going four innings, surrendering seven runs (three earned) on six hits.

Prinzing finished 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBI along with his solo homer in the first. De Jesus did his part at the top of the lineup, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and two walks as the first four hitters in the UAB lineup scored seven of the Blazers' 10 runs.

Marshall received two hits each from Escobedo and Matt Kirkwood.