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.
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.