May 6, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jim Crew's second straight complete game rekindled UAB's attempt to make its third straight conference tournament, as the Blazers took game two of a C-USA series against Memphis 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at Nat Buring Field.
Game one of the doubleheader turned into a pitcher's duel, as Jim Crew out-tossed Memphis starter Phillip Utley, with the Blazers picking up its first win of the series. Crew continued his string of quality performances, picking up his second straight win. The sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., went the distance, allowing only two runs while striking out three Tiger hitters.
Memphis got to Crew for its first run early, pushing across a score in the bottom of the third on a solo home run by Will Peterson. The right-hander settled in after that, putting up zeroes on the scoreboard for the next three innings.
The Blazers reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth, putting three runs up on Utley to take the lead. Ryne Lovdahl led off the frame with his seventh home run of the year, a deep drive over the right field wall. This is the second straight game with a home run for Lovdahl, who has clubbed four home runs in the past two weeks.
UAB wasn't finished, using a Tiger miscue to keep the inning alive. With two outs in the frame, Ryan Metcalf reached on an error by the SS, and was moved to second by a Steven Turner single. Jorge Gutierrez made the error a costly one, ripping a single up the box to plate Metcalf. Levi Patmon added to the advantage, dropping a single into right center to bring Turner around for the third run.
Head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad continued to pour it on, scoring three more runs in the latter half of the contest to add to the lead. Gutierrez provided another clutch hit, as his bunt single pushed across Zac Ward to make it 4-1. The Blazers broke it open in the eighth, as three straight doubles scored the final two runs. Lovdahl, J.R. Bond and Metcalf took turns mashing two-base hits as the Green and Gold extended the margin.
That proved to be more than enough for Crew, as his worked out of jams to in the eighth and the ninth to keep the score at 6-2 and pick the win for UAB.
Game two of the doubleheader is in progress, as the Blazers hope to pick up their second C-USA series win of the year. For complete postgame coverage, check www.uabports.com.