April 28, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Danny Sawyer and Ryne Lovdahl combined for five hits on the night, but the rest of the UAB baseball team failed to muster any offense against Houston ace Brad Lincoln as the Cougars took game one of a three-game C-USA series 7-2 at Young Memorial Field.
This win puts Houston at 13-3 in league play, and 30-15 overall. Tonight' loss drops UAB to 15-28 overall, and 2-11 in conference games.
Lincoln out dueled senior Jacob Legg, who threw eight innings for head coach Larry Giangrosso on Friday. Legg battled through a tough Houston lineup, giving up five earned runs while taking the loss. Kasey Croft pitched a scoreless ninth for the Blazers.
The Green and Gold managed only seven hits on the night, with five coming from the bats of Sawyer and Lovdahl. Sawyer was 3-for-4 on the night, raising his team-high average to .333. Lovdahl added his fifth home run of the season, and a double high of the center field monster.
Houston scored early and often in tonight's contest, as the Cougars put five runs on the board in its first three trips at bat. Legg settled in after that, going the next five innings and allowing only two more Cougar runs on the board.
UAB plated its first score of the evening in the bottom of the second, as Lovdahl's double was followed by a Zac Ward RBI single to make it 4-1 Houston.
Lovdahl also accounted for the only other run of the night for UAB, as his solo blast to deep left field in the bottom of the fourth brought home the second Blazer score.
Both teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon, as inclimate weather is scheduled for Sunday. Follow every pitch online with gametracker, available at UAB's athletics website, www.uabsports.com.