May 13, 2007
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The UAB Blazers finished off their three-game sweep of Marshall Sunday morning at Appalachian Power Park, beating the Thundering Herd, 12-1 (8 innings), behind a complete game from senior right-hander Grant Addison (2-1) who pitched all eight innings in which he allowed no earned runs and just seven hits in his first start of the season.
UAB improves to 23-30 (10-11 C-USA) and can now finish no lower than sixth place in the Conference USA standings, the highest finish for the Blazers since 1998. Marshall is now 19-29 (4-16 C-USA) with the loss.
Senior third baseman Ryne Lovdahl was 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game, while senior catcher Danny Sawyer was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior outfielder Phil Bell was 1-for-4 with four RBI, three of which came on a three-run home run in the eighth.
In all, six Blazers recorded multiple hits in the game. Senior outfielder Levi Patmon was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored and junior first baseman Ryan Keedy was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Junior second baseman Tyler Rollin was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Marshall was led by shortstop Brandon Casamassima who was 2-for-4 on the day.
Marshall right-hander Nick Wolle (1-4) got the loss after allowing six runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings. Wolle was making his first start of the season after serving as the team's closer for a majority of the 2007 campaign.
For the third game of the series the Blazers were the first to chalk up a run, taking a 1-0 lead in the second when Bond tripled down the left field line to lead off the inning and then came in to score when Sawyer lined an RBI-single up the middle.
Sawyer drew a walk in his second at bat of the day to start a fourth inning rally that led to three Blazer runs. Sawyer came in to score on a triple to center field by Lovdahl who then scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by freshman shortstop Jonathan Merritt
. Rollin, who reached on a single through the left side, scored the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to left field by Bell to make it 4-0.
The Blazers extended their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fifth when Sawyer drove in Keedy for the first run of the inning with a triple to deep right-center. Sawyer then scored on an RBI-double down the left field line by Lovdahl.
A misjudgment by the Thundering Herd infield allowed the Blazers to put up six more runs in the eighth to take a 12-0 lead. With two outs and Rollin on first, Patmon popped up a high fly ball about 15 feet down the first base line where three Marshall infielders settled under the ball but none of which were able to find the it as the ball dropped in fair ground to keep the inning alive.
With the two runners on base, Bell stepped in and took advantage of the Marshall misfortune and drilled a towering three-run home run over the left-center field wall.
Still in the eighth with two outs, the Blazers loaded the bases for Lovdahl who drew a full-count walk to bring home Keedy from third. UAB got two more runs home on a two-run pinch-hit single through the left side by junior shortstop Brett Hall.
The Blazers will next be in action when they host No. 30 East Carolina for their final regular season series at Young Memorial Field beginning on Thursday at 7 p.m.