April 13, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- After dropping game one of Saturday's doubleheader 7-1, the UAB baseball team overcame a four-run deficit to take game two, 9-8. Ryan Prinzing came through with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to send the Blazers home winners and earn a split in the twinbill at Young Memorial Field.
"With runners in scoring position I had to be aggressive in that situation," Prinzing said. "On the first pitch I was looking inside fastball and I got it and put a good swing on it."
UAB finishes the weekend at 16-20 overall and 3-6 in league play with the doubleheader split while Memphis goes to 22-14 overall and 7-5 in C-USA action.
"It is really hard to keep coming back in a game when you've lost four in a row. We hung in there great and I'm thankful that our kids got to celebrate at the end of today," said head coach Brian Shoop.
Prinzing finished the day with four hits, including two doubles, and four RBI over the two games.
Frost, who singled in the ninth inning of game one and doubled in the fifth inning of game two, extended his hit streak to 16 games. He went 2-for-5 with three RBI in the come-from-behind victory vs. Memphis in the doubleheader nightcap.
The Blazers return to action on Tuesday, when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. CT.
Game 1: Memphis 7, UAB 1
Memphis starter Erik Schoenrock fired a complete game five-hitter to shut down the Blazer offense and help the Tigers claim the first game of the doubleheader.
Sam Kelley (3-3) had retired six straight batters before Memphis' Bryce Beeler tripled with one out in the top of the fifth inning. After getting a ground out for out number two, Zach Willis reached on an error to plate Beeler for the game's first run.
UAB was a hit away from scoring the equalizer in the bottom half of the fifth. Tanner Bryant led off the inning with a double and was advanced to third a couple batters later. But the Blazers were unable to come up with the timely two-out hit to score Bryant.
Memphis broke the game open in the fifth inning with four runs on three hits. With one run already in and the bases loaded, Cameron Rose came in to relieve Kelley and surrendered a two-run single to Memphis' Jake Little. The Tigers scored another run on a double-steal during the next at-bat to take a 5-0 lead.
UAB got a run back in the seventh inning. Ivan De Jesus singled and stole second to get in scoring position for the Blazers with two outs in the stanza. After a Tyler Mims walk, Harry Clark came up with a two-out single to left to plate UAB's first run.
Memphis added two runs (one earned) in the top of the ninth to make the final 7-1.
Kelley suffered the loss, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) off six hits and two walks and along with three strikeouts.
In Schoenrock's (5-2) complete-game effort, the lefty struck out six and walked only one batter.
"Rock (Memphis' head coach Daron Schoenrock) and I coached together at Birmingham-Southern and I remember praying (for his son) Erik," Shoop said. "He pitched really well and overmatched us and that was the story of game one."
In game one, UAB and Memphis combined for 14 hits with each hit coming from a different batter. Memphis had nine hits from nine different batters.
Game 2: UAB 9, Memphis 8
UAB surrendered three leads and overcame a four-run deficit in game two of Saturday's doubleheader to come away with a 9-8 walk-off win over the Tigers and avoid the weekend sweep.
Memphis took a 5-1 lead with a four-run fourth inning, but UAB scored two in the fifth, four in the sixth, and one in the seventh to take a one run lead. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Prinzing hit a single to the gap in right center to score Mims to win it for the Blazers.
Prinzing went 3-for-4 in the game and came away with the two biggest hits for the Blazers, a three-run double in the sixth and the walk-off single in the ninth, both hits coming with two-outs in each frame.
Just as they did in the game one, the Tigers jumped out to big lead with a four-run fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. After a lead-off double, UAB was able to get two quick outs and looked as if they were going to get out of the inning but five-consecutive hits by the Tigers ended with the Blazers trailing 5-1.
UAB started to battle back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Prinzing led off the inning with a double to left and Chase Davis (3-for-4) followed with a single to left center to put a pair of runners in scoring position for the Blazers. Frost then hit a double off the right field wall to plate both runners and pull UAB within two, 5-3.
The Blazers completed the comeback in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Prinzing hit a two-out, bases-clearing double to left-center to give UAB the lead. After Davis walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Frost reached on a bunt single that scored Prinzing to put UAB up 7-5.
The lead was short-lived, however, with Memphis scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at seven.
Continuing the back-and-forth play, Bryant hit a pinch hit single to right to score Griffin Gum to put the Blazers back out in front, 8-7, after Memphis had scored two in the top of the inning to tie the game.
Tied at eight in the ninth inning, Prinzing hit a walk-off single to score Mims and give the Blazers a 9-8 victory.
"It was a tremendous job by our kids for hanging in there and continuing to fight in the second game," said Shoop. "Great at-bat by Wes (Kent) to draw a walk and give Prinzing another chance to hit. He (Prinzing) finished the game really strong and it was like he was seeing the ball really well. I was hoping we would get him up in the ninth."
Prinzing and Davis each finished with three hits and two runs scored. For the Tigers, Little finished three-for-five with three RBI and a runs scored in game two.
After scoring just four runs on eight hits in the first two games of the series, UAB exploded for nine runs and 15 hits in game two of the doubleheader. The two teams combined for 17 runs and 33 hits in the series finale.
Chase Mallard (2-3) picked up the win for UAB, pitching the final three innings for the Blazers. Memphis' Clayton Gant (1-3) suffered the loss for the Memphis, allowing one run in two innings pitched.