April 3, 2006
RUSTON, La. - The UAB baseball team failed to avoid a sweep against Louisiana Tech on Sunday, as the strong right arm of Bulldog starter Matt Lacy and the home run power of Brian Hike led the Bulldogs to a 6-2 win over the Blazers at J.C. Love Field.
This loss pushes UAB's season record to 13-16, with the Blazers having lost their last nine ballgames.
Jim Crew was tagged with the loss in Sunday's matchup, going three innings and allowing four earned. The sophomore from Birmingham, Ala. is now 3-2 on the season, and still sports the team's best ERA as a starter at 2.62.
A host of Blazers threw out of the bullpen for head coach Larry Giangrosso, with four hurlers all spending time on the mound. Mitch Thorn, Drew Murray, Derek Hanks and Kyle Roberson combined to toss five innings in relief, while giving up only two runs and punching out five Bulldog hitters.
The Blazer bats managed five hits on the day, with Jorge Gutierrez providing the run scoring blow with his third home run of the season. The junior from Miami, Fla., hit his second home run of the series on Sunday, and now has gone deep in back-to-back games for UAB. His two-run blast over the left field wall accounted for both Blazer runs in the contest.
Phillip Bell, Ryan Metcalf, Danny Sawyer and Robert Brewster also had hits for the Blazers. Brewster's line drive single into left field in the eight was the first hit of his UAB career.
Louisiana Tech came out of the gates early against Crew, pushing runs across in both the first and second innings to gain an early two run advantage. Rike's two-run homer in the fourth chased Crew from the ballgame, and gave the Bulldogs at 4-0 lead.
UAB had trouble accumulating base runners off of Macy, and was unable to string together hits throughout. The Blazers finally pushed runs across in the eight, when Brewster single started off the frame. Gutierrez then belted the two-run shot to close the gap to 6-2.
Lacy shut the door from there, and he threw his first complete game of the season.