April 18, 2006
TROY, Ala. -- Blake Green and Jared Keel hit back-to-back home runs off UAB starter Lyle Northington in the sixth, erasing a 4-1 Blazer lead and lifting Troy to a 5-4 win at Riddle-Pace Field Tuesday night. The Blazers (13-25) led 4-0 at one point, but fell victim to an efficient and effective Trojans bullpen that allowed just three baserunners beyond the third inning.
The loss was the 18th-straight setback for the Blazers, a school record. Troy (28-10) won its 16th in 17 games and 21st in 25 outings.
The Blazers touched Troy starter Steven Morelock for a pair in the second when Steven Turner's two out drive to third was knocked down by Jared Keel, but scored Levi Patmon from third when Turner beat the throw. Jorge Gutierrez followed with an RBI double, scoring Turner from first. UAB added a run in the third on J.R. Bond's RBI single that scored Zac Ward.
UAB transfer, now Troy reliever, Tony Falls relieved Morelock in the fourth, eventually getting the win to move to 1-0 on the season. Bill Lichtner greeted him with a solo home run to left center to put the Blazers ahead, 4-0, however. Falls settled down and struck out seven over three innings, allowing just two other baserunners. Josh Dew struck out the side in the sixth and seventh and lefty prospect Mike Felix worked a 1-2-3 ninth as the Trojan bullpen was nearly flawless. It was Felix's second save of the year.
After four innings of one-hit ball from Northington (1-5), the Trojans registered three hits in the fifth, including an RBI single to left by Josh Blackwell which scored Green from second.
With two outs in the sixth, the Blazer lefty gave up back-to-back walks to Felix and Ben Woods. After a visit from UAB coach Larry Giangrosso and getting ahead 0-2 on Green, Northington surrendered a three-run blast to Green, then a solo shot to Keel and was chased from the game.
Kyle Roberson worked 2.1 innings, striking out two and walking one while allowing a single hit in relief for the Blazers.
Green was 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored for Troy. Blackwell wound up 2-for-3 as well in the Trojans effort. Levi Patmon had a pair of hits on a 2-for-4 night with a run scored for the Blazers. Lichtner, Turner and Bond each had a hit and a RBI for the Blazers as well.
Northington went five and two-thirds, giving up five earned runs, six hits and three walks while striking out one.
The Blazers next travel to Orlando, Fla., for a weekend Conference USA series with UCF, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Jacob Legg is slated to take the mound for the Blazers in Friday's series opener which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT first pitch.