UAB Lets Early Lead Slip Away in 6-4 Loss

April 23, 2007

Box Score

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.



KSU scored a total of four runs in the fifth on four hits to take a 4-2 lead.

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.