May 5, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Even after out-hitting host Memphis 15-13 on Friday night, UAB failed to capitalize, falling in game on of a C-USA series 9-4 at Nat Buring Stadium. The Blazers were outscored 6-0 in the final six innings, en route to dropping to 16-31 overall on the season.
The 15 hits for the Green and Gold offense were one off a season high, as five batters posted two hits or more. Jorge Gutierrez and Phillip Bell both went 3-for-5 on the evening, with Levi Patmon, Zac Ward and Steven Turner chipping in with two hits.
UAB wasted no time getting an advantage, scoring two runs in its very first at-bat. Patmon doubled to right to kick off the rally, and Sawyer walked to put two runners on. Bell cleared the bases, smashing a line drive double deep to left to plate both and make it 2-0 Blazers.
Memphis responded, scoring a run in the bottom half of the inning against UAB starter Jacob Legg. The Blazers tacked on one in the bottom of the third, when Sawyer once again was driven home by a Bell double, this time a shot down the right field line to make it 3-1.
The Tigers roared back after that, scoring six runs in the next two innings to chase Legg from the ballgame and take their first advantage of the contest. Memphis hit two home runs during that span, including a three-run shot by Ben Grishman to stretch out the lead to 7-3.
Ben Styes came into the game in relief, tossing 4.1 frames while allowing only one earned run to keep the game within reach. UAB added one run in the top of the seventh, when Ryne Lovdahl connected for his seventh home run of the season, a long drive over the center field wall. The Blazers had runners on base during each of the final three frames, but the Memphis pitching staff worked out of jams to collect the win.
Games two and three of the series will be played tomorrow, with inclement weather scheduled for Sunday. The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Nat Buring Field. The second game will follow approximately 30 minutes after game one's conclusion. For complete coverage of UAB baseball, check www.uabsports.com.