Long Ball Propels Samford Past UAB, 11-4

Chase Davis went 3-for-5 against the Bulldogs

April 9, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Samford launched three homers, two from C.K. Irby, to defeat the UAB baseball team, 11-4, on Tuesday evening at Joe Lee Griffin Field.

The loss dropped the Blazers to 15-17 on the season and will look to get back on the winning side of things on Wednesday with a trip to Jacksonville State. First pitch at Rudy Abbott Field is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

Chase Davis led UAB with a 3-for-5 night at the plate and has 10 hits in his last 14 at bats spanning over three games.

John Frost roped a double to extend his current hitting streak to 12 games and has reached base in 13 straight.

An uneventful first inning between the Blazers and Bulldogs turned into an action packed filled second frame.  UAB pushed across a pair of unearned runs to start off the night’s scoring. Tanner Bryant, who had reached on an error, came all around to score on another Samford (19-14) error to account for the first run. With Adam Lau on third, Jacob German put down a safety squeeze bunt and beat it out for an infield single to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead.

Phillip Ervin cracked a solo bomb to start the bottom half of the second for the Bulldogs and two more runs would later come around to give the home squad a 3-2 edge.

The Blazers answered right back with another two-run inning in the third. UAB loaded the bases with no outs on a singles by Davis and Ryan Prinzing sandwiched around an error. Tanner Bryant was then plunked by a pitch for a RBI and Tyler Mims socked a sac fly to center to retake the scoring advantage, 4-3.

UAB held the one-run lead until the fifth, when Kirby roped a solo homer to even the score at 4-all.

The seventh and eighth frames are where the game turned in favor of the Bulldogs. Frost led off the seventh with a double. Bryant singled to left, and head coach Brian Shoop waved home Frost to try and score the go-ahead run, but he was gunned down for the second out the frame.

“It was a good game until the game the seventh inning tonight,” head coach Brian Shoop said.  “I felt the game turned on my mistake when we had the lead run thrown out at the plate. I felt that was a big momentum swing in the game.”

UAB did not score in the frame and was blanked the rest of the way.

In the bottom of the seventh, Samford exploded for three runs and added three more in the eighth to round out the scoring on the night.

Samford’s Eric Wright (3-1), who got off to a rocky start, settled down and went eight innings, allowing four runs (two earned) off eight hits. The southpaw struck out six, walked two and worked around five Bulldog miscues on the night.

Chase Mallard was saddled with the loss out the bullpen, working two innings and allowing three runs.