April 16, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Even a record-breaking day by Danny Sawyer couldn't put the UAB baseball team into the winner's circle, as the Blazers fell 10-3 in the finale of a Conference USA set against Marshall at Young Memorial Field on Sunday.
This setback puts UAB at 13-24 on the season, as it remains winless in conference play. Marshall completed the sweep of the Blazers, and moved back to .500 on the year at 16-16. The Thundering Herd is now 4-8 in league games.
Grant Addison took the hill for UAB, but lasted only 1.2 innings on the day. The junior was saddled with the loss, as he allowed six earned runs during his time on the mound. Drew Murray relieved Addison, and threw a career-high 6.1 innings. Murray's effort included four punch outs, as the freshman from LaGrange, Ga., faced 22 Herd batters. Jacob Legg and Kyle Roberson combined to close out the rest of the contest.
Sawyer had a monster day at the plate for UAB, going 3-for-3 with three doubles. The three two-baggers tied a single game record for the Blazers, as the Suwanee, Ga., native upped his team leading average to .320. Ryne Lovdahl was 2-for-4 on the day also, adding in an RBI single. Steven Turner hit his second home run of the season as well.
Things were smooth in the first for head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad, retiring the Herd with ease to begin the game. The second frame was much different, and spelled doom for the Blazers as Marshall scored eight runs to take a commanding lead.
UAB attempted to chip away, scoring single runs in the second, fifth and six innings. In the second, the first of Sawyer's doubles put him in scoring position. He was singled home by Lovdahl to make the score 8-1. The fifth inning belonged to Turner, who smashed a long drive deep over the left field fence to close the gap to 8-2. Sawyer was involved in the third run as well, as his sacrifice fly scored Ryan Metcalf
, who tripled to open the inning.
That was all the offense that UAB could muster off the Marshall pitching staff, as starter Brian Chrisman and Brendon Bump combined to keep the Blazers in check.
UAB will hit the road this week, playing its next four games away from Young Memorial Field. On Tuesday, UAB travels to Troy. Ala., for a mid-week battle against the Trojans. Next weekend the Blazers will head to Orlando, Fla., to take on UCF in a three-game Conference USA series.
For complete coverage of the Blazers during this week and all season long, check out UAB's athletics website, www.uabsports.com.