April 25, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB baseball team recorded a 10-2 victory against Conference USA-foe Marshall on Friday night at Regions Field. With the win, UAB snapped its five-game loss streak, its longest stretch of the season.
“I keep saying it, it’s a game of the least mistakes,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “That’s one of things that is so good about Chase, he makes so few. It’s hard to score. Runs were really tough to scratch out again today, but we got enough for Chase to win tonight.”
UAB (25-16, 11-8) was able to plate two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, after Marshall (18-22, 8-10) put one through in the top half of the frame. The Blazers would score a season-high eight runs in the eighth inning to provide enough run support for senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard, as he earned his seventh win of the year and extended his nation’s best quality start streak to 13 consecutive starts. Mallard allowed one earned run, scattered five hits, struck out nine, and walked one in 8.0 innings on the hill.
Junior infielder Nathan Vincent had a career-day with three hits, matching a career-best, and an RBI. In addition, Vincent clubbed his fifth double of the year, which ranks second on the squad. Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing had two hits on the night and a two-RBI double in the eighth inning.
“That’s our boy that broke his ankle,” added Shoop. “He got off to a bad start and had trouble getting a feel. He is still fighting for it. He is so capable. The ball gets off his bat as good as anyone we have. If he could get it going like he can, that would help us a ton.”
After both teams were held scoreless in the first four frames, the visitors broke through in the top of the fifth. Mallard hit Marshall redshirt sophomore outfielder Robert Farjado. Farjado stole second and then Thundering Herd junior infielder Andrew Dundon hit a ball to UAB senior outfielder Ivan De Jesus. De Jesus made a leaping grab, but could not get it. Dundon doubled and Farjado scored.
In the bottom of the inning, UAB pushed ahead. Sophomore infielder Evan Peterson opened things up with a walk. De Jesus singled to right center to advance Peterson to third. Peterson then scored after a balk and De Jesus moved over to second. After sophomore infielder Adam Smith struck out and junior outfielder Chase Davis grounded out, De Jesus was on third. With a wild pitch, De Jesus came home and UAB went ahead, 2-1.
UAB exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to all but put the game away. It marked the most runs the Green and Gold had plated in a single inning this season. Junior first baseman Jeff Schalk, Davis, De Jesus, Prinzing, Smith, and Vincent all recorded at least one RBI in the frame. The Blazers recorded six hits in the frame, as well.
Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Adam Lamar came in for the ninth inning. After getting the first two batters out, Lamar gave up back-to-back doubles, allowing a run to score. Lamar eventually came through with a fielder’s choice to end the game.
UAB and Marshall get back at it on Saturday afternoon when the two meet at 2 p.m. at Regions Field. Saturday marks the Strike Out Cancer event. UAB has joined the fight against childhood cancer with the Vs. Cancer Foundation. One can support by making a donation at uab.vs-cancer.org. Proceeds will go directly to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer’s Pediatric Division and national childhood cancer research.
Notes: The UAB baseball team snapped its five-game loss streak with a 10-2 win against Marshall … UAB exploded for eight runs in the eighth innings, its most runs in a single inning this season … Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard extended his nation’s best quality start streak to 13 straight starts on Friday night … Mallard also fanned at least eight batters for the fifth time this year … Junior infielder Nathan Vincent matched his career-high with three hits … Vincent had his fifth double of the year, which ranks second on the team.
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