Feb. 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team begins a five-game week by traveling to Jacksonville State for a Tuesday tilt at Rudy Abbot Field starting at 3 p.m. CT. The Blazers and Gamecocks will then turn around and meet again on Wednesday, this time at Young Memorial Field with first pitch set for 3 p.m. CT.
UAB (2-1) vs. Jacksonville State (0-3)
Series Information & Probable Starters
Game 1: Tues., 3 p.m. CT
Location: Jacksonville, Ala. (Rudy Abbot Field)
UAB: RHP Alex Luna (1-1, 9.15)*
JSU: LHP Taylor Sparks (0-2, 6.97)*
Game 2: Wed., 3 p.m. CT
Location: Birmingham, Ala. (Young Memorial Field)
UAB: RHP Ruben Tresgallo (1-0, 8.84)*
Video: All-Access (UABsports.com) -- Wednesday only
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All-Time Series: Jacksonville State leads, 26-25
Last Meeting: UAB 4, JSU 1 in Birmingham, Ala. (5/9/12)
A total of seven UAB pitchers combined to hold the Gamecocks' offense to just one run off five hits as the victory gave the Blazers the season series, 3-1.
UAB Scouting Report
The Blazers won two-of-three in the season-opening series at home against Southern Illinois over the weekend. It marked the fourth consecutive home opening series that UAB has captured.
Through three games, UAB posts a batting average .233, led by outfielders Chase Davis and Ivan De Jesus who are each hitting at a .500 clip in the early season.
The Blazer staff was lights out against the Salukis, holding the opponent's to a .196 batting average and yielding only six runs over three games. In fact, SIU only mustered up two runs in the final 20 innings of the series.
In total, UAB tallied 19 strikeouts to five walks, with only one base on balls being issued in the last 18 innings of game action.
JSU Scouting Report
Jacksonville State was swept in a three-game series at Kennesaw State to begin the 2013 campaign.
Through the first three games, JSU is hitting .186 as a team and averaging 3.3 runs per contest. Leading the lineup is Michael Bishop, who went 5-for-12 over the weekend for a team-best .417 clip.
The Gamecocks' pitching staff allowed 22 runs in three games and totaled 10 strikeouts to nine walks. Kennesaw State hit .304 as a team against JSU arms.
Bryant Comes Up Big
Tanner Bryant did it both at the plate and on the mound in the season-opening series against Southern Illinois (Feb. 15-17). Bryant knocked in the lone run on a RBI single in the sixth inning of a 1-0 Blazer victory on Saturday. On Sunday, Bryant recieved the nod to start on the mound for the Blazers, posting career highs in innings pitched (5.2) and strikeouts (8) to earn the victory and win the series with the Salukis.
Bullpen Silences Salukis
Five pitchers worked out of the Blazer bullpen in the series against Southern Illinois, allowing just one run over 12 innings of work. Of the five guys that toed the rubber out of the pen, three were newcomers, including Adam Lau who earned the save in Sunday's 3-1 win.
Naile & Munger Shut Out SIU
Saturday starter James Naile and reliever Dylan Munger combined to pitch a four-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Salukis. In his Blazer debut, Naile pitched six scoreless frames, allowing only two base runners to reach past second base. Munger fired the last three frames to earn the save.
It marked the first 1-0 shutout victory for the Blazers, since blanking Houston, 1-0, back on April 29, 2012 at Young Memorial Field.
New Faces In Green & Gold
A total of six players made their UAB debuts over the weekend against Southern Illinois, including: Griffin Gum, Adam Lau, James Naile, Cory Eller, Turner Lee and Cameron Rose.