Blazers Drop 2-0 Decision To No. 29 FIU

UABSPORTS.COM Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing had two hits against No. 29 FIU on Sunday.
UABSPORTS.COM
Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing had two hits against No. 29 FIU on Sunday.
UABSPORTS.COM

March 30, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
The UAB baseball team suffered a 2-0 setback in its series finale against No. 29 FIU on Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. Despite the loss, UAB won its fourth consecutive Conference USA three-game series, dating back to last season.

“It’s amazing and a credit to our pitching staff that we scored two runs on the weekend and won two games,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “It’s amazing and almost impossible to do. I am grateful that we pitched and defended well this weekend.”

UAB (19-9, 6-3) recorded eight hits on the day, but could not break through for any runs. It marked the first time UAB had been shutout since March 22, 2013 against UCF.

“I actually thought our bats were good today,” added Shoop. “We had them with runners in scoring position. We made some pretty good runs at them late. The ball just didn’t fall. I thought Johnny was plenty good enough to win for us.”

Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Johnny Lieske went 6.1 innings, allowed two earned runs, scattered eight hits, struck out three, and walked three in his first loss of the 2014 season. Freshman left-handed pitcher Thomas Lowery pitched well in relief, facing the minimum in the final two innings of the contest.

FIU freshman right-handed pitcher Christopher Mourelle recorded his fifth victory of the year on Sunday afternoon. Conference USA’s leader in ERA allowed six hits, fanned three, and walked one in 5.1 innings pitched.

FIU (22-7, 7-5) recorded its first run of the game in the second inning. With runners on first and third and one out, FIU junior infielder Julius Gaines reached on a fielder’s choice, but plated one run to give the visitors an early advantage.

Three innings later, the Panthers put the final run of the day on the board. FIU junior Aramis Garcia smacked a double down the left field line, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Panthers’ junior infielder Josh Anderson then singled up the middle to score Garcia.

UAB threatened in the sixth inning. Redshirt sophomore Griffin Gum singled to right center, and then sophomore Mitch Williams drew a walk. The Blazers then pulled off a double-steal, to put runners on second and third for junior infielder Nathan Vincent. Vincent struck out looking to end the frame.

In the eighth, UAB put together another run, but once again came up short. Williams singled through the right side, and then sophomore infielder Evan Peterson singled to left field. Sophomore outfielder Adam Lau came in as a pinch hitter, but flied out to left to end the inning.

The UAB baseball team is back in action on Tuesday, April 1 against Troy at Regions Field. Tuesday night’s contest is the Blazers on Base with Autism event, which aims to bring awareness to the community during the month of April, Autism Awareness Month. The game is scheduled to be a “white-out”, where all in attendance are encouraged to wear white. Official Blazers on Base with Autism shirts are available at Snoozy’s Bookstore for $15, with proceeds going to Autism Speaks. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

Notes: The UAB baseball team won its fourth consecutive Conference USA three-game series, dating back to 2013 … It marked the first time UAB had been shutout since March 22, 2013 against UCF … Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing was the only Blazer to record multiple hits on the day  on Sunday … Freshman left-handed pitcher Thomas Lowery faced the minimum in his 2.0 innings of relief pitching.

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