April 6, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Savannah State pitcher Kyle McGowin outdueled the Blazers Saturday afternoon to take game two of the weekend series, 5-1. The rubber match between the Blazers and Tigers will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Young Memorial Field.
It was a pitcher’s duel early with Savannah State (18-13) holding a slim 2-0 lead through four innings but the Tigers scored once in the fifth and two in the seventh to break the game open.
Tanner Bryant (2-3) suffered the loss for the Blazers, surrendering four runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 6.1 innings.
McGowin pitched six scoreless innings for the Tigers, allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out five to improve to 8-0 on the season.
"There were a lot of pro scouts here to see (Kyle McGowin) and you could see why. He handled us and we had trouble generating any offense against him, so we tip our caps to him and Savannah State played a very clean game behind him," said UAB head coach Brian Shoop.
UAB (14-16) missed out on a couple opportunities to take an early lead. John Frost was stranded at third after hitting a two out triple to straight away center in the bottom of the first and the Blazers put two on in the second with two outs but couldn’t come up with the timely hit to score a run.
Bryant, who hadn’t allowed a hit in the first two innings, got into some trouble in the third when a walk, hit by pitch and infield single loaded the bases for Savannah State. After a second hit by pitch scored the Tigers’ first run, Savannah State’s Joseph McCrary hit a sac fly to left field to put the Blazers in a 2-0 hole.
"Savannah State had eight free runners by walk or hit by pitch which led to pretty much all there runs and that takes you out of options offensively when you are behind," Shoop said.
The Blazers threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning when Harry Clark and Chase Davis hit back-to-back singles to put two on with one out but a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play ended the inning for the Blazers.
In the top of the seventh, McCrary came up with his second RBI of the game and later came around to score on a Parker Nix double to right center to push the UAB deficit to 5-0.
Chase Davis doubled down the left field line to lead off the bottom of the seventh and then advanced to third on a fielding error by the Savannah State left fielder. After Hamby walked, Wes Kent grounded into a double play that scored Davis to account for the Blazers only run on the afternoon.
Eric Ricks earned the save for Savannah State, pitching three innings and allowing one unearned run.
Davis tied a career-high for hits in a game, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. John Frost walked twice and extended his hit streak to 10 games with a triple in the first inning.