May 23, 2013
UAB (22-36) stranded a season-high 16 base runners in the loss, as the Blazers have been mathematically eliminated from C-USA Championship contention. The Green and Gold will face fifth seed UCF to round out pool play on Friday at 7 p.m. CT in what will be the final game of the 2013 season.
In a rematch of the 2012 C-USA Championship title game,
The Blazers had opportunities in both the second and third, loading the bases in each frame, but coming up empty in the scoring department.
UAB loaded the bases in the second with one out thanks to singles from Harry Clark and Tyler Hamby along with a walk drawn by Jacob German. Wills would escape by inducing a pitcher friendly 1-2-3 inning-ending twin killing.
An inning later, the Green and Gold filled up the bases yet again, this time with two outs on Jeff Schalk and John Frost singles and a walk to
James Naile, who entered in the start of the third, cruised through the Tigers' lineup in relief, putting down eight batters in a row, before Tucker Tubbs launched a two-out solo blast to left in the top of the fifth.
UAB pushed across its first run on a RBI single by Ryan Prinzing in the fourth.
In the eighth, it appeared as though UAB was going to tie up the score. Clark, who reached base safely in all five plate appearances (1-1, two walks, two hit by pitches) was hit by a pitch with one down. Griffin Gum followed up roping a RBI double off the wall in left-center to slice the Blazer deficit to a single run, 6-5. With two outs, up stepped Hamby, who hit a ball right on the nose, but right at
The Blazers made things interesting again in the ninth, getting the potential tying run into scoring position with two outs. Unfortunately,
The Blazers outhit the Tigers 12 to 11, but stranded a base runner in every inning, as Prinzing finished 3-for-6 with two RBI. Frost, Gum and Schalk all added two hits each as eight of the nine starters reached base in the loss.
Tiger reliever Hatfield (4-2) earned the win, pitching three innings of in relief and allowing only one earned run.
UAB received another stellar outing out of the bullpen from Naile, who did not figure in the decision. The righty went the final seven innings, scattered seven hits, allowed two runs and tied a career-high with six punch outs.