March 29, 2013
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
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.
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,
"Chase was great.
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.