April 25, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- John Frost and Ivan De Jesus each connected for homers, but that was all the offense that UAB could muster as Samford clipped the Blazers, 9-2, on Wednesday night at Young Memorial Field.
UAB is now 23-20 and will host the Houston Cougars for a three-game series, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the fourth, Samford scored five times, featuring a two-run double from Austin Allison. Later in the frame, a two-out outfield error prolonged the inning, as Samford would push across three additional runs.
“Misplays can make it difficult to keep the score close and Samford took advantage of that tonight,” assistant coach Perry Roth said. “We didn’t play a completely clean game overall.”
De Jesus and Frost each went 2-for-4 with a homer. It marked the third round tripper of the season for De Jesus and second for Frost, respectively. The Blazers have now launched 12 homers over the last 11 games.
Andres Gracia (1-0) earned the win for the Bulldogs, working into the fourth inning, scattering four hits and allowing just one earned run. A total of seven pitchers worked for Samford (26-16), combining for 10 strikeouts.
For UAB, starter Tanner Bryant (1-1) was hit with the loss. The righty pitched the first three innings, giving up two earned runs off five hits with a pair of punch outs.
The Blazers received solid contributions out of the bullpen in the later innings, as Ruben Tresgallo, Alex Luna, Sam Kelley and Chase Davis worked the final 5.1 innings, surrendering only two earned runs and fanned five.
UAB put plenty of men on base, as the team recorded seven hits and drew three walks. But, the Blazers were unable to take advantage of those run scoring chances against the Samford staff.
“I felt there was some great competitiveness from us tonight and we have a chance to make some things happen down the stretch,” Roth said.
Samford’s offense was led by Allison who went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, two RBI and was a homer shy of the cycle.