May 13, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Center fielder Sae Evans went 3-for-4 with three home runs, four RBI and three runs scored to lead Samford (17-34, 7-23 Atlantic Sun) to a 7-4 victory over UAB (24-26, 9-17 Conference USA) in baseball action Tuesday evening at Griffin Field.
UAB took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when right fielder Kyle Leon singled through the left side, bringing in left fielder Mitch Jones.
Samford tied the score in the bottom of the first on designated hitter Justin Klinger's single to center field that scored right fielder Robert Evans.
The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning on Sae Evans' two-run homer to center field.
Leon evened the score at three with a two-run homer to center field in the top of the sixth inning.
UAB regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a solo home run to left field by catcher Eugene Rodriguez.
Samford answered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Sae Evans led off the inning with his second home run of the game. Second baseman Michael Collins later doubled to right center field, scoring shortstop Joe Denson. Robert Evans followed with a single through the left side that scored Collins. The Bulldogs led 6-4.
Samford added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sae Evans final home run of the game.
Ehren Wassermann (5-8) got the win for Samford after coming on in relief of Bulldog starter Frank Allen Yeilding in the top of the sixth inning. Wasserman worked two innings and gave up two runs on three hits, issued one walk and had a strikeout. Yeilding pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Stephen Artz worked the final two innings in relief of Wasserman and picked up his second save of the season. He allowed one hit, issued one walk and recorded a strikeout.
Blazer starter Ryan Huffman
(1-1) took the loss after pitching six and one-third innings and giving up five runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two. Allen West
pitched the final one and two-thirds innings in relief of Huffman and allowed two runs on three hits to go along with two strikeouts.
"Ryan (Huffman) gave us a decent performance," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso. "A couple of times he missed some locations and they hit the ball out on him. We had some breakdowns defensively tonight. Late in the game, we didn't really want to go to our top relievers because we really need them for our weekend series with Saint Louis. We had them up in the bullpen in order to get the win, but we went with Allen (West), who I thought would throw pretty well, but it didn't work out."
UAB returns home to Young Memorial Field Thursday to face Saint Louis in the final three-game Conference USA series of the season. Thursday and Friday, the teams square off at 7 p.m. and Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Blazers must win at least two games to have a chance at clinching a C-USA Tournament berth.