April 29, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A perfect day at the plate for Ryan Metcalf wasn't enough to propel UAB to a series win in game three of a C-USA set against Houston, as the Blazers dropped the finale to the Cougars 9-4 on Saturday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers failed to overcome a seven-run deficit in hopes of clinching its second straight weekend series win.
UAB falls to 16-29 on the year, and 3-12 in conference games. No. 13 Houston is now 31-16, and 14-4 in league play. Senior Lyle Northington took the loss, as the lefthander lasted only 3.1 innings against the Houston attack.
The Blazers out-hit the Cougars 12 to 11, but Houston starter Louis Flores continued to escape jams to gain his fourth win on the year. Metcalf headed up the Blazers' offense, going 3-for-3 on the day. Phillip Bell and Ryne Lovdahl were both 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, launching back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning. Jacob Legg, is his first at-bats of the season, also chipped in two hits.
Houston held the lead the entire game, going wire-to-wire to pick up the victory. They scored seven runs before UAB responded, putting the game out of reach early on.
The Blazers attempted to chip away at the 7-0 deficit in the fourth, plating a single run on a Lovdahl RBI single up the middle. The line drive plated Legg, who lead off the inning with a drive back up the box. Two runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth, as the tandem of Bell and Lovdahl combined for two tape measure home runs back-to-back. Bell's second home run of the year was a line drive shot down the line, and was followed by Lovdahl's blast, a moonshot over the scoreboard in left center.
The Cougars added single runs in the seventh and eighth to push the lead to 9-3. Head coach Larry Giangrosso's
squad added a final run in the bottom half of the eighth, as Bell singled home Steven Turner
to end the scoring for UAB.
UAB plays seven of its next eight contests on the road, and will travel to Birmingham-Southern on Tuesday for a mid-week clash at 6:00 p.m. The Blazers return to C-USA play next weekend, as they travel to Memphis, Tenn., to play the Tigers in a three-game set. For complete coverage of UAB baseball, check the Blazers' athletics website, www.uabsports.com.