Ryan Keedy hit home runs three and four on the season.
May 8, 2007
TROY, Ala. - The UAB Blazers entered Tuesday's game at Troy as one of only three teams in the nation to have more triples than home runs, but that all changed as the Blazers blasted a season-high six home runs, only to be outdone by the Trojans who out-slugged the Blazers for a 20-15 victory at Riddle-Pace Field. Junior first baseman Ryan Keedy had two home runs to highlight his 3-for-4 showing.
Troy improves to 30-20 with the win, while UAB is now 20-30 and has completed its non-conference schedule.
Neal Jordan (1-1) earned the win for Troy after throwing 3.1 innings in which he allowed four runs and struck out two.
UAB junior right-hander Kasey Croft (2-1) got the loss after giving up five runs in the fifth without recording an out.
Merritt was 2-for-6 with three RBI in the game, while senior outfielder J.R. Bond was 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.
Troy was paced by designated hitter Kevin Weidlich who was 3-for-6 with five RBI, while right fielder Clint Robinson and first baseman Josh Dew were each 4-for-6.
The Blazers used nine pitchers in the contest.
UAB came ready to play as the Blazer bats put up seven runs in the first inning. Junior outfielder Phil Bell was hit by a pitch and then scored when Keedy launched his third home run of the season over the right field wall.
Following Keedy's blast, Bond came to the plate and lined a single up the middle and then Sawyer got on base via a single through the left side. With two on and one out, Merritt came up and drove a shot to deep center field for his second home run of the season to give the Blazers a 5-0 lead.
Troy didn't let the monster inning by the Blazers get it down, answering with six runs in the bottom half of the first. Back-to-back singles to start the inning opened the door for Robinson to blast a towering three-run home run to right-center field and make it 7-3.
A double by first baseman Josh Dew brought up designated hitter Kevin Weidlich who left the park for the second Trojan homer of the inning and cut UAB's early lead to 7-5.
The Trojans got one more run home in the first on a sacrifice fly to left field by shortstop Shohei Fujita to make it 7-6 after one.
Keedy led off the second for the Blazers and hit his second home run of the game over the right field wall to take an 8-6 lead.
Still holding its two-run lead in the third, Patmon and Bell hit back-to-back solo home runs to make it 10-6.
A double by Troy catcher Beau Brooks put him in position to score on a single to right field by center field Ian Craze in the third to make it 10-7, but the Trojans allowed the Blazers to get that run back in the top of the fourth as four walks by pitcher Ryan Ellison scored Shelley to put UAB ahead 11-7.
Troy cut it to 11-9 in the fourth when Dew singled to get on base and was then brought home to score on a home run to right field by Weidlich.
The Trojans came back to take their first lead of the game in the fifth thanks to back-to-back doubles by second baseman Edgar Ramirez and Robinson opening the door for Dew to line a single up the middle and score both Ramirez and Robinson to make it 12-11. Dew then scored on a run-scoring single to right-center by Weidlich to take a 13-11 advantage.
Still in the fifth, third baseman Trevor Tyer left the yard for a two-run home run to right field to extend the Trojan lead to 15-11.
Troy got two more runs in the sixth to make it 17-11, but then the Blazers came back to make things interesting once again in the top of the seventh, getting four runs across, highlighted by a two-run home run to the deepest part of the field in center to bring the count to 17-15.
As soon as UAB came close, Troy once again pulled away, taking a 20-15 lead in the seventh. The Trojans scored three unearned runs on three hits in the inning.
The Blazers will next be in action on Friday when they begin a three-game Conference USA series at Marshall at 6 p.m.