April 29, 2011
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NEW ORLEANS -- The UAB baseball team opened its weekend series at Tulane with a 6-3 loss Friday night at Turchin Stadium.
Green Wave starter Conrad Flynn held the Blazers to three hits, all of which came within a stretch of four batters, and pitched seven innings to earn the win on the mound.
UAB's Harry Clark went 2-for-3 at the plate, reached base three times and drove in two runs to lead the Blazers in the loss.
"We've always struggled against Flynn, and we did again tonight," UAB head coach Brian Shoop said. "Because of that, we had to play really well in every other phase, and we just made a few too many mistakes."
UAB dropped to 24-18 overall and evened its record at 8-8 in Conference USA, while Tulane improved to 25-17 overall and 5-8 in the league. The teams will continue their series Saturday at 2 p.m. CT when Blake Huddleston will take the mound for UAB against Tulane's Drew Zizinia.
The Blazers scored all three of their runs Friday in the fourth inning after loading the bases with no outs. Patrick Palmeiro's RBI groundout put UAB on the board, and Clark's run-scoring single gave the Blazers a 2-1 lead. UAB then executed a double steal to score John Frost from third and tack on another run.
Tulane evened things up one inning later after also loading the bases with no outs. UAB starter Ryan Woolley got Brennan Middleton to ground into a double play as one run scored, and Nick Boullosa singled home another run to even the score at 3-3.
The Green Wave then scored three times in the sixth inning to grab the lead. Jeremy Schaffer's one-out fly ball got lost in the lights and fell in for a double as the first of four straight hits for the Green Wave. Brandon Boudreaux's run-scoring single and Bowen Woodson's two-RBI double put Tulane on top 6-3.
Woolley suffered his first loss since his first conference start of the season back on March 26 at Marshall. He went 6.2 innings Friday, snapping a string of three straight starts in which he had pitched at least eight innings.
"They hit some balls hard," Shoop said. "The hit more balls hard off Ryan than anyone has all year."
Woodson went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead Tulane at the plate, and Boullosa also added a pair of hits for the Green Wave, which out-hit UAB 9-4 in the game. Tulane relievers D.J. Ponder and Nick Pepitone combined to pitch the final two innings and keep UAB off the scoreboard.