Baseball Welcomes Saint Joseph's For Midweek Series

LHP Sam Kelley (0-0, 4.91) to make his first start of the season on Wednesday.

March 4, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team begins a five-game week with a pair of midweek games against Saint Joseph’s at Young Memorial Field. The first pitch for both Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games is set for 3 p.m. CT.

UAB (4-7) vs. Saint Joseph’s (2-8)

Series Information & Probable Starters
Location: Birmingham, Ala.

Facility: Young Memorial Field

Game 1: Tues., 3 p.m. CT
SJU: LHP Shane Carey (0-0, 6.00)

UAB: LHP Turner Lee (0-0, 6.75)

Game 2: Wed., 3 p.m. CT

SJU: LHP Jack Stover (0-1, 4.05)

UAB: LHP Sam Kelley (0-0, 4.91)


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All-Time Series:  First Meeting
Last Meeting: 
This is the first meeting between UAB and Saint Joseph’s.

UAB Scouting Report
UAB is coming off three straight loses to the University of Georgia this past weekend. The Blazers faced a Bulldogs offense that caught fire in the three-game series en route to outscoring UAB 33-6.

DH Ryan Prinzing and outfielder Chase Davis each had a solid series at the plate. Prinzing hit .500, 4-for-8, with a double, two runs scored, one RBI and two walks, while Davis went 4-for-12 and scored two runs while reaching base once via hit by pitch.

Junior LHP Turner Lee, who will start in game one against Saint Joseph’s, has allowed seven earned runs in 9.1 innings pitched. Lee is one of four UAB pitchers that have recorded double-digit strikeouts (10) and he has walked only one batter in his four appearances this season. In his 1.1 innings pitched at UGA this past weekend, Lee struck out three of the four Bulldog batters he faced and didn’t allow a single base runner.

Sam Kelley, Wednesday’s scheduled starter, made his second appearance of the season in game one against Georgia. In his 1.2 innings of relief, Kelley surrendered four runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk. Prior to the Georgia game, Kelley pitched two innings of no-hit ball against Jacksonville State, walking two and striking out four back on February 19.

Saint Joseph’s Scouting Report

Saint Joseph’s comes in with a 2-8 overall record and on an eight-game losing skid. The Hawks lost all four games over the weekend at No. 10/5 Mississippi State. After losing the first game to the Bulldogs 10-0, Saint Joseph’s was outscored in the final three games of the series by only six total runs.

The Hawks are led by senior infielder Anthony Cirillo, who tops the team in batting average (.393), slugging percentage (.429), on-base percentage (.528), runs scored (4), hits (11) and stolen bases (3).

On the hill Tuesday will be LHP Shane Carey, who has made four appearances this season and allowed four runs, two earned, in three innings pitched. In Carey’s last appearance, the southpaw surrendered two runs on one hit and one walk in 0.1 innings pitched.

Carey came on in a one run game in game two against Mississippi State and gave up a single, wild pitch and a walk to leave runners on the corners before being taken out of the game. Both runners came around to score later in the inning.

Jack Stover will be making his second start of the season in game two of the midweek series. Stover got the nod in game one of the Mississippi State series and allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts in 4.1 innings to take the loss. Prior to that start, Stover had pitched 2.1 innings in two appearances.

Home Sweet Home

UAB is hitting .310 at home as a team compared to .211 on the road. The Blazers are averaging 3.43 runs at home compared to 1.50 on the road. Blazer pitchers have also faired better on home turf, sporting a 3.29 ERA at home opposed to a 10.12 ERA on the road in nearly double the number of innings.

Closing The Game 

UAB is 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season.  Chase Mallard, Adam Lau, Cameron Rose, and Dylan Munger have combined to allow one run, three hits, one walk and strikeout four in the ninth innings of save opportunities this season.