April 16, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB baseball team suffered a second straight extra-inning loss in the second game of Saturday's Conference USA doubleheader, falling 4-3 to Memphis in 10 innings at Young Memorial Field.
Earlier in the day, the Tigers (21-14, 4-3 C-USA) defeated the Blazers (20-15, 6-5 C-USA) by coming from one run down in the ninth inning and winning in the 13th. In Saturday's second game, Memphis came from two runs down in the ninth to tie things up.
Still, UAB was in position to win with runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the ninth. Keith DePew's squeeze bunt would have scored Ryan Ussery for the winning run but rolled just foul after hugging the first base line for nearly 70 feet. Memphis pitchers Ryan Holland and Ben Paullus then combined to get the next two outs via strikeout to strand Ussery at third and leave the score tied at 3-3.
Memphis loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 10th before Phillip Chapman drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the go-ahead run. Paullus then finished off the Blazers in the bottom of the 10th to secure the win.
"We had chances," UAB head coach Brian Shoop said. "When you play extra-innings, you're going to have chances, but you can't cash them in every time. We easily could have won both games today, but Memphis won them both. They were two great college baseball games."
Ben Bullard suffered his first loss of the season by allowing the final Memphis run, but he kept the Blazers in the game the previous inning by giving up just one run after coming out of the bullpen in a bases-loaded jam with no outs in relief of Ryan Woolley.
Woolley worked into the ninth inning for the third time in his four conference starts but wound up with a no-decision. He allowed just one fifth-inning run before giving up an RBI single to Chapman in the ninth and then loading the bases and handing the ball to Bullard. Woolley allowed six hits, struck out four and walked just one.
His counterpart from Memphis, Ryan Holland, also took a no-decision after pitching 8.2 innings and allowing UAB's three runs on 10 hits.
UAB's Andrew Manning and Coy Arrowood recorded two hits each, but every starting position player managed at least one hit for the Blazers. John Frost drove in two of the Blazers' three runs on the night, while Keith DePew reached base three times.
UAB built its 3-1 lead by scoring one run in the fifth on an RBI single from Jacob German, one in the sixth on a Frost sacrifice fly and one in the eighth on a run-scoring single from Frost.
The Blazers had opportunities for more runs but left 11 runners on base in the game, including six over their final three at-bats.
T.J. Rich led all players with a 3-for-4 effort for Memphis, and Ethan Gross also had a pair of hits for the Tigers.
For UAB, the Saturday sweep secured its first series loss of the season. The Blazers will look to salvage one game of the series when the teams meet again on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.