May 14, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - UAB's attempt to salvage game three of its C-USA series against East Carolina was unsuccessful, as the Pirates continued to swing hot sticks en route to a 12-2 win at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Sunday.
Despite the loss, the Blazers (18-34, 5-16 C-USA) still remain in the hunt for their third straight conference tournament appearance. ECU (32-20, 10-11 C-USA) has now won four in a row, and for the second straight year have swept UAB in league play.
Head coach Larry Giangrosso's squad managed only three hits on Sunday, with Phillip Bell, Ryne Lovdahl and Donnie Muth reaching base safely with singles. Muth and Lovdahl also contributed the only two RBIs on the day for the Blazers.
ECU got out to an early lead for the third consecutive contest, this time around putting up four runs in its first trip to the plate. A three-run homer by Adam Witter highlighted the scoring, and staked the Pirates to a 4-0 advantage.
UAB attempted to rally in the top of the second, as three straight batters reached base via walk. The Blazers failed to capitalize, however, as ECU starter Dustin Sasser struck out the next three hitters to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Pirates continued to swing the bats, plating seven more in the second to chase UAB starter Drew Murray from the game. ECU had five hits and two more home runs in the frame, and stretched out the margin to a commanding 11-0 lead.
They would add a single run in the third, extending the lead to 12-0. UAB finally struck in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs. Steven Turner kicked things off, reaching first by an error. Jorge Gutierrez was hit by a pitch, putting two runners on base. Donnie Muth delivered, rifling a RBI single up the middle to plate the Blazers first run of the contest. Ryne Lovdahl's sac fly brought home the final run, as the game was called after seven innings due to the mercy rule.
UAB returns home next weekend, hosting Tulane for a three-game series at Young Memorial Field. This weekend's set begins on Thursday, with the Green Wave and the Blazers locking horns at 7 p.m. CT. For complete coverage of the Blazers as they attempt to make their way to the conference tournament for a third straight season, check www.uabsports.com.