April 22, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Freshman Dylan Munger went a career-long six innings with a personal best eight strikeouts, but the UAB offense was only able to manage one run as the Blazers dropped the series finale to Gardner-Webb, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon.
UAB (23-18) will play five home games next week, starting with Kennesaw State on Tuesday, before hosting cross town foe Samford on Wednesday. The week will conclude with a three-game series against Houston to wrap the current homestand for the Blazers.
"I thought Dylan was great and good enough to win," head coach Brian Shoop said. "A day when there wasn't too many positives, I thought it was a tremendous effort from Dylan."
Munger (3-3), in his first collegiate start, allowed four runs (all earned) off five hits and only one walk to go along with his eight strikeouts, but was saddled with the loss. He blanked Gardner-Webb (21-20) over the first four frames, but the Runnin' Bulldogs touched home at least once in the fifth, sixth and seventh to account for all of their scoring.
The five runs were more than enough for GWU starter Andrew Barnett. The righty fired seven shutout innings, giving up only three base hits, while walking two and striking out two.
UAB scored its lone run of the day in the last of the eighth, when John Frost tripled home Ivan De Jesus. Frost finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate.
"The first two days we had some really competitive at bats, but today we did not very competitive ones," Shoop said. "Certainly I give credit to their guy (Andrew Barnett), who pounded the strike zone. We just weren't able to get anything going offensively against him all day."
Dusty Quattlebaum and John Harris each roped two-run base hits to lead the Bulldog offense.