April 23, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB Blazers led early on, however a four-run fifth inning lifted the Kennesaw State Owls to a 6-4 victory at Young Memorial Field Monday afternoon. Senior outfielder Levi Patmon was 3-for-4 in the game with two doubles and an RBI. The Blazers will now be idle until hosting No. 3 Rice this weekend beginning Friday at 7 p.m.
Kennesaw State improves to 23-18 with the win, while UAB is now 18-25 after its third-straight loss.
Right-hander Kyle Muschara improves to 4-0 on the year with his performance on Monday. Marschara gave the Owls three innings of relief work in which he allowed no runs.
UAB sophomore right-hander Kyle Roberson falls to 0-3 on the year after he gave up four runs in five 5.2 innings, while striking out five batters.
Junior outfielder Phil Bell extended his career-long hit streak to 14 games with his 1-for-5 effort, while junior first baseman Ryan Keedy and freshman shortstop Jonathan Merritt each had one hit and an RBI.
KSU was led by first baseman Andrew Martin who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while center fielder Martin Baker was 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
UAB had the upper hand in the early going. A lead off walk by sophomore second baseman Allen Aubin and a double down the left field line by Patmon put two on for Bell in the bottom of the third. With two runners in scoring position, Bell pushed a bunt down the first base line for an RBI-single that scored Aubin and moved Patmon to third. Patmon then came in to score on a ground out by Keedy to put the Blazers in front, 2-0.
The Owls made their move in the fifth when a lead off double by Martin started a rally in which Baker would deliver the biggest blow of the inning with a two-run single through the left side that got the first two runs of the inning home.
UAB answered with one run in the bottom half of the fifth when Patmon took a 1-2 pitch to left-center field for an RBI-double that scored Aubin who had walked to lead off the inning and cut the deficit to 4-3.
Holding on to a one-run lead, Kennesaw State added insurance runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, all while left-hander Justin Edwards shut things down to earn his first save of the season, pitching 2.0 innings and allowing just two hits and one run to finished off the 6-4 road victory.
The Blazers will be back in action this weekend when third-ranked Rice comes to Young Memorial Field for a three-game series that gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday.