Feb. 16, 2001
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
Friday's UAB-Southern Illinois baseball game was suspended in the middle of the eighth inning with
the Blazers leading 11-5 as severe thunderstorms moved through the metropolitan
Birmingham area and pounded the UAB campus.
The game will be resumed at 1:00 pm CST Saturday. The regularly scheduled game between the two, which was originally set
for 2:00 pm , will follow shortly
The Salukis drew first blood in the third inning.
Second baseman Dane Kerley
reached on an infield single and Blazer starter Rob
Caputo hit two consecutive SIU batters, Nick
Baughman and Ryan Murray
, to load the bases. With one out, third baseman Luke Nelson
reached on a fielder's choice driving in
Kerley from third base to make the score 1-0.
UAB responded with four runs in the bottom of the third,
highlighted by an RBI single by first baseman Brandon Isbell
and a two-run double by designated hitter Chris
Southern Illinois tied the game in the top of the fourth
as Baughman, Murray and center
fielder Cory Newman each drove in runs
with singles. The Salukis were
aided by two UAB errors in the inning.
UAB took a 9-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as
right fielder Christian Reimers led off
with a triple and then scored on Mitch Jones'
Jones then scored on a groundout by Isbell, and George drove in left
fielder Cory Acklus with a
single. Southern Illinois starter
Billy Hardin was then replaced by Jerel Deitering, who was greeted rudely by
the first batter he faced, Blazer second baseman Nick Clark
, who slammed a two-run homer to right center field.
The Blazers added two more runs in the sixth inning on a
two-run homer by Jones, also off Deitering.
Southern Illinois scored a run in the top of the seventh as
Newman led off with a home run to right field off Blazer reliever Joe