May 6, 2007
METAIRIE, La. - Four runs in UAB's final at bat allowed the Blazers to come back to win, 4-2, against the Tulane Green Wave Sunday afternoon in seven innings at Zephyr Field. UAB junior catcher Ben Shelley came through with a two-run single to score the go-ahead run in the seventh.
UAB improves to 20-28 (7-10 C-USA) with the game two win, while Tulane drops to 29-20 (8-12 C-USA).
Blazer right-hander Kasey Croft (2-0) earned the win on the mound after throwing 3.2 two innings in relief of freshman starter Shay Crawford. Croft allowed no runs, one hit and struck out one batter in his winning effort.
Sophomore right-hander Mitch Kloskowski made his first relief appearance of the season and closed out the seventh to earn his first save of the season.
Tulane right-hander Brandon Gomes (5-5) earned the loss, throwing 6.0 innings in which he allowed three earned runs and struck out four.
The Green Wave was led offensively by shortstop Cat Everett who was 2-for-4 in the game.
Tulane took a 2-0 lead in the second. First baseman Tim Guidry led off the inning with a single through the left side and was then doubled home by center fielder Aja Barto to score the first run of the game. Barto then came in to score on an RBI-double to right-center by left fielder Nate Simon.
Crawford and the Blazers escaped a bases-loaded jam to get out of the inning.
Refusing to go away, the Blazers got hot in the seventh when senior outfielder J.R. Bond was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and then senior catcher Danny Sawyer singled to left. After senior Steven Turner checked in as a pinch-runner for Sawyer, Saturday's hero, freshman shortstop Jonathan Merritt stepped in and delivered again, this time with a single up the middle to score Bond and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Still no outs, Lovdahl laid down a two-strike bunt single to the mound and then, with the bases loaded, Shelley grounded a two-run single through the right side to score Turner and Merritt and take the lead, 3-2.
Now in search of insurance runs, junior second baseman Tyler Rollin lined a single to right field to score Lovdahl to score the final run of the inning and give UAB a 4-2 advantage heading into the Green Wave's final at bat.
Kloskowski entered the game to pitch the seventh and gave up a lead off single to left field by second baseman Brad Emaus before settling in to get a pop out and two strikeouts to close the door on the Green Wave.
The two teams will get underway for game three of the series Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.