Jan. 27, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team opens up the spring season with intrasquad scrimmages slated for Saturday and Sunday at Young Memorial Field. The scrimmages are both open to the public.
Saturday will begin with team warm-ups at 11:45 a.m. and first pitch is slated for 12:10 p.m. The Blazers will have six pitchers throw, including Preseason All-Conference USA selection Dillon Napoleon. Other UAB arms that will toe the rubber include Tanner Bryant, Michael Busby, Jacob German, Alex Luna and Ryan Nance.
Sunday’s intrasquad will begin at 2:30 p.m., and features five more pitchers that will take the mound in Ben Bullard, Chase Davis, Sam Kelley, Chase Mallard and Dylan Munger.
The Blazers, which finished 29-28 a season ago, return 16 letterwinners, headlined by right-handed pitcher Napoleon and third baseman Patrick Palmeiro.
Napoleon finished 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA, both tops amongst returning players, while Palmeiro led the Blazers last year in homers (8), RBI (43), total bases (109) and slugging percentage (.462).