May 14, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team erased an early 4-0 deficit, to earn a 6-4 come-from-behind victory against the Troy Trojans on Tuesday night at Young Memorial Field.
A trio of Blazers recorded two hits each in the win, led by seniors John Frost and Jacob German who each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Frost clubbed a pair of doubles and knocked in two and German added one RBI as well.
Ryan Prinzing also added a pair of base knocks and scored twice as the Blazers recorded nine hits on the night to improve to 20-33 on the season and earn their sixth consecutive win over the Trojans.
“It was great to get a win in our last home game against an outstanding Troy team and I hope they make it to a regional,” head coach Brian Shoop said.
Troy (37-15) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third, touching home four times, featuring a RBI double by Danny Collins and two-run two-bagger from Josh McDorman to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
Trojan starter Levi Tate hung zeros on the scoreboard, until he ran into trouble in the sixth against the Blazers. The southpaw issued a pair of walks to Adam Lau and Prinzing, sandwiched around a strikeout ending the day for Tate. Reliever Thomas Austin was greeted by Frost, who roped a two-run double into the right-center field gap.
With two outs in the sixth, Jeff Schalk lined a run scoring double and German tied up the score at 4-all with a RBI single to left as the Blazers batted around in the frame.
An inning later, UAB’s Griffin Gum started the seventh with a single. After he moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by De Jesus, Prinzing lined a single to left to give UAB its first lead of the game. The Blazers received an insurance run when Frost smoked a double off the wall in left center, inches shy of a homer, to plate Prinzing and put the Blazers up 6-4.
“John Frost’s final two at bats at Young Memorial Field were doubles, one in each gap and that epitomizes him. He has been a key contributor for us the last four years and in his first at bat at UAB as a freshman he hit a double against Mississippi State,” Shoop said.
After UAB starter Tanner Bryant was replaced in the fourth, the next four pitchers out of the Blazer bullpen – Turner Lee, Lau, James Naile and Cory Eller -- did not surrender a hit, combining to work 5.1 innings to close out the game. The relieving corps totaled six strikeouts and only issued one walk.
Naile (6-5) picked up the victory, blanking Troy in the sixth, in his one inning of work. Eller retired the Trojans in order in the last two innings to pick up his first collegiate save.
William Teal was tagged with the loss for Troy, falling to 1-1 on the season. The righty allowed two earned runs in one inning of work.
The Blazers close out the 2013 regular season with a road trip to New Orleans, La., to face the Tulane Green Wave. The pivotal three-game series starts Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT.