Feb. 27, 2014
UAB (8-1, 0-0) vs. Arkansas State (5-4, 0-0)
Details: Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March, 2 • Regions Field • Birmingham, Ala.
Game Details: Live Stats • Live Video • Twitter
Notes: UAB • Arkansas State
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB baseball team will host Arkansas State in its final non-conference three-game home series this weekend. The three-game set will kickoff on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Regions Field. Game times are slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday at the downtown Birmingham ballpark.
Friday afternoon’s pitching matchup pits UAB senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard against Arkansas State senior right-handed Bradley Wallace. Mallard is the two-time reigning Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, while Wallace was recognized as the 16th best senior right-handed pitcher by Perfect Game in the preseason.
Green and Gold Drop First Contest In 2014
UAB suffered its first setback of the 2014 season, losing 13-5 at Samford on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Samford exploded for 13 runs in the first three innings, giving the Blazers their first loss since May 23, 2013.
Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Ben Bullard and redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Adam Lamar pitched effectively in relief at Samford. After UAB gave up 13 runs in the opening three innings, the duo came in and did not surrender a run and only allowed three hits over 4.2 innings.
Redshirt freshman infielder Matthew Furuto had a career-day, going 3-for-3 from the plate. Redshirt junior infielder Matt Morse also had multiple hits and collected an RBI on the day.
Shoop Collects His 900th Win Of His Coaching Career
UAB head baseball coach Brian Shoop earned his 900th victory of his coaching career on Saturday, Feb. 22 as UAB defeated Youngstown State, 4-0. The day before, Shoop recorded his 200th win of UAB coaching career, as well.
Shoop, who is in his eighth season at the helm of the UAB baseball program and his 25th year as a college head coach, has put himself among the top active college baseball coaches in victories and produced some great players and teams. His Birmingham-Southern teams were 699-300-1 and captured an NAIA national championship in 2001. He coached NCAA Regional teams at both Birmingham-Southern and UAB, guiding the Blazers to the Conference USA Tournament title in 2012.
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