May 7, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Sophomore infielder Adam Smith hit a walk-off single to secure a 4-3 victory in 13 innings for the UAB baseball team against crosstown-foe Samford on Wednesday night at Regions Field. With the win, UAB snapped Samford's nine-game win streak in the series between the two Birmingham schools.
"It could have gone either way many times," head coach Brian Shoop said. "It's the nature of our game, most games are close and come down to a break or mistake."
With two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning, redshirt junior infielder Matt Morse dropped a double into right field. With Morse on second base, Smith recorded his third of the night, singling to right field to seal the win for UAB (31-16, 16-8).
Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Adam Lamar was credited with the win, pitching the final 3.0 innings. Lamar allowed one hit, struck out three, and walked two in his second victory of the year. The Rogersville, Ala. native was one eight Blazer pitchers to see time on the mound on Wednesday.
"Both teams got deep into their pitching staff, which is good," added Shoop. "You will need a deep pitching staff in a tournament. I would think this was a helpful game for both Samford and UAB."
Samford (29-21, 12-9) got on the board early, scoring one in the top of the first inning. Bulldogs freshman outfielder T.J. Dixon led off the contest with a single and then stole second base. After a strikeout and ground out, Dixon was on third with two outs. Classmate outfielder Heath Quinn placed a single into right field to plate Dixon.
UAB combated with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Smith led off with a single and then moved over to second after junior outfielder Chase Davis grounded out. Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing and redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum were hit by pitches in consecutive at bats to load the bases for junior first baseman Jeff Schalk. Schalk singled to left center, scoring two runs and gave the home team a 2-1 edge.
In the next inning, Samford knotted the score. Senior right-handed pitcher Cameron Rose, pitching in relief of redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Ben Bullard, gave up two singles to put men on first and second. Senior left-handed pitcher Turner Lee checked in, but gave up an RBI single to Samford redshirt junior infielder Tripp Martin.
The Blazers did not fret and put another run back on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore catcher Mitch Williams started things off with a walk and then moved over to second after a groundout and strikeout. With two outs, Davis smacked a triple down the right field line to score Williams and push UAB ahead.
Samford tied the game back up in the top of the eighth. Freshman left-handed pitcher Thomas Lowery allowed consecutive singles before being replaced by sophomore right-handed pitcher Cory Eller. Eller struck out one and then faced Samford redshirt sophomore outfielder Jared Watson. Watson recorded an infield single. Williams attempted to get Watson out, but overthrew Schalk at first. The error allowed the lead runner to come home from third to tie the contest.
The UAB baseball team is back in action on Friday night when it hosts Tulane in its final three-game series in Birmingham in 2014. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Notes: The UAB baseball team snapped Samford's nine-game win streak in the series between the two programs ... UAB and Samford played 13 innings on Wednesday night, the longest contest for both teams in 2014 ... Sophomore infielder Adam Smith recorded a career-high three hits on the night ... Junior first baseman Jeff Schalk had his team-best seventh multiple-RBI game of the season and leads the squad with 25 runs batted in ... Junior outfielder Chase Davis recorded his team-best second triple of the season of the year against Samford.
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