UAB Hosts FIU In Conference USA Series

Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Johnny Lieske fanned a career-best eight batters in his latest outing.

March 27, 2014

UAB (17-8, 4-2) vs. No. 29 FIU (21-4, 6-3)
Game Details:
Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30 • Young Memorial Field • Birmingham, Ala.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB baseball team will host FIU in a three-game Conference USA series, beginning on Friday night. The series-opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s contest is slated for a 2:00 p.m. start and the finale will begin at 12:00 p.m. The series marks the first games UAB will play at Young Memorial Field in 2014.

Saturday afternoon’s game will be the Blazers’ Bark in the Park. Dogs can enter the game for $5, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Water stations will be set up in the park and prizes will be given out throughout the game. On site, there will be dogs available for adoption, as well.

Quality Start To 2014
As of Thursday, March 27, senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard is one of 12 players in the nation to have six quality starts in their first six starts of the 2014 season. A quality start is defined as a game in which a starting pitcher goes at least 6.0 innings and permits no more than three earned runs. Dating back to 2013, Mallard has had a quality start in eight consecutive starts.

Mallard has gone at least 7.0 innings in each of his six starts in 2014. The Cullman, Ala. native went 16.0 consecutive innings without surrendering a hit and 26.0 frames without allowing a run, earlier in the year. Mallard owns a 4-0 record and 1.03 ERA on the year. He owns a .132 opposing batting average, which leads Conference USA.

Leading Things Off
Junior outfielder Chase Davis has excelled in the leadoff role for the 2014 UAB baseball team. The junior outfielder has led off for the Blazers in every game in 2014. Davis currently leads the squad in batting aver­age (.333), slugging percentage (.431), runs scored (23), hits (34), runs batted in (15), doubles (8), triples (1), total bases (44), and stolen bases (6).

The Montgomery, Ala. native is not only one of the best on the team, he ranks up with the best in Confer­ence USA. Davis ranks in the top 10 of five individual batting categories.

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