March 2, 2012
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball trailed Utah 11-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, but heavy rain caused the teams to suspend the conclusion of the game until Saturday at Young Memorial Field. The Blazers and Utes will conclude Friday’s contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday prior to the start of game two.
Utah has scored 11 runs on 13 hits through nine innings of the contest, which featured homers from Shaun Cooper and Josh Alexander.
It was Alexander’s three-run shot in the second that got the ball rolling for the Utes, as they scored four in the frame. Cooper, who was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, hit a solo blast in the fifth, ending the day for UAB starter Dillon Napoleon.
“We got beat in every aspect,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “It is unusual to see Dillon (Napoleon) get hit, but he is human. You hate to play a physical team with the wind blowing out. We were hoping that Dillon’s sink would keep balls on the ground. But, he was up today and they took advantage of it.”
Entering the bottom of the ninth, UAB has totaled four hits, singles from Ivan De Jesus, Coy Arrowood, Patrick Palmeiro and Tanner Bryant.
Utah starter Joe Pond is currently in line for the victory. The right-hander fired 7.0 shutout innings, giving up three hits, while striking out four.
“We didn’t really play well in any area of the game and Utah did play well in every area of the game. We will tip our hats to the Utes and try again tomorrow,” Shoop said.
A pair of Blazers made their debuts in Green and Gold in the contest. Right-handers Ruben Tresgallo and Tyler Johnson each saw action out of the Blazer bullpen and each recorded a strikeout.
Following the conclusion of game one, the teams will take a 15-20 minute recess prior to the start of the second game at Young Memorial Field.