April 27, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ---- The UAB baseball team rallied to score three runs in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to a single run, but could get no closer, falling in the series finale to Southern Miss, 5-4, at Pete Taylor Park on Saturday night.
Jeff Schalk posted a career-best game, going 4-for-4 at the plate, while Harry Clark added two hits and Ryan Prinzing drove in a pair as the Blazers dropped to 17-28 overall, 3-12 in Conference USA play.
The Golden Eagles received a stellar outing from starter Conor Fisk (4-1), who struck out 11 in seven innings of work to earn the victory and improve USM to 24-19 overall, 13-5 in league action.
Southern Miss scored the first run of the night in the bottom of the first on a RBI double by Isaac Rodriguez.
The Blazers were quick to respond, as Ivan De Jesus rocketed a triple to dead center field with one out. He would come home when the next batter, Clark, ripped a base knock to left to even the score, 1-1.
In the fourth, USM scored a pair of runs on a RBI ground out by Tim Lynch and Chase Fowler brought home the other run in the frame.
The Golden Eagles added a single run in the fifth on a double down the left-field line by Mason Robbins, extending the home lead to 4-1.
After USM tacked on another run in the last of the seventh, UAB started to get things in motion offensively. Reliever Jay Myrick, in for Fisk, did not have the same success as the starting right-hander had, walking leadoff man Adam Lau before surrendering consecutive doubles to John Frost and Prinzing. Prinzing’s two-bagger brought home two.
USM went to the bullpen again, calling on Cameron Giannini, who was greeted by Tanner Bryant ripping a two-strike RBI single to right-center field, cutting the deficit to one. Giannini would escape without further damage by the Blazer offense.
In the top of the ninth, UAB put the first two runners on as Tyler Mims walked and Schalk collected his fourth hit of the night. The Blazers were unable to execute against closer Bradley Roney, popping up a sacrifice bunt in front of a strikeout and pop out to end the game. It was the seventh save of the season for Roney.
UAB starter James Naile (4-4) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs off seven hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Blazers return to the diamond on Tuesday, hosting Samford at 6:30 p.m. CT.