Blazers Suffer Sunday Setback At Houston, 9-4

3B John Frost 3-for-5 in the loss

May 12, 2013

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HOUSTON ---- The UAB baseball team outhit the Houston Cougars, but six errors and a six-run third inning doomed the Blazers, 9-4, on Sunday’s series finale at Cougar Field.

The Blazers, which dropped to 19-33 overall and 5-16 in league action, will host the Troy Trojans on Tuesday at Young Memorial Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

On the afternoon, UAB rapped out 11 hits, including three-hit performances from John Frost and Tanner Bryant, but were unable to cash in on scoring opportunities, stranding 12 base runners in the loss.

“We had a lot of chances. It is really hard to overcome a six-run inning,” head coach Brian Shoop said.  “I don’t know if I’ve ever won a game when our team made six infield errors. That combination of six errors and them pushing across six in one inning was a really tough thing to overcome in the new bat era.”

UAB pushed across a run in the top of the first to hold an early lead. Ivan De Jesus started the game lacing a double to left. UH starter Aaron Garza recorded two outs sandwiched around a Frost single, putting runners on the corners and two outs for the Blazers.  An infield error allowed De Jesus to jaunt home easily with the game’s first run.

The Cougars responded, scoring twice in the bottom half of the first by use of UAB miscue and sac fly by Jonathan Davis.

Neither team touched home in the second, but that unfortunately changed in the third. UH batted around, scoring six times by use of five hits to expand its lead to 8-1 after three complete frames. UAB starter Alex Luna (1-4) was chased from the contest, working 2.2 innings.

The Blazers chipped away adding single runs in the fifth and sixth on a sac fly by Harry Clark and RBI single from Ryan Prinzing.

Houston tacked on a run in the last of the eighth on a RBI double from Frankie Ratcliff.

In the ninth, the Green and Gold put the first two runners on, thanks to singles by Frost and Clark. A balk by UH reliever Ryan Vruggink plated Frost, but that was the Blazer offense could muster in its final at bat.

Cameron Rose pitched very effectively in relief for UAB, allowing only one hit and one unearned run, by tying a career-long appearance of 4.2 innings.

The win went Cougar starter Aaron Garza, who went the first seven frames, walked four and striking out six. The righty gave up only one earned run to improve his record to 5-4 on the season.