UAB Hosts In-State Foe Troy On Tuesday

UABSPORTS.COM Redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Sam Kelley gets the call on Tuesday night.
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Redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Sam Kelley gets the call on Tuesday night.
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March 31, 2014

UAB (19-9, 6-3) vs. Troy (15-13, 4-4)
Game Details: Tuesday, April 1 | Regions Field | Birmingham, Ala.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video | Radio: WAPI-AM 1070 (David Crane – Talent)
Game Notes: UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB baseball team will host in-state foe Troy on Tuesday night at Regions Field. The mid-week contest is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Regions Field.

Tuesday night’s contest is the Blazers on Base with Autism event, which aims to bring awareness to the community during the month of April, Autism Awareness Month. The game is scheduled to be a “white-out”, where all in attendance are encouraged to wear white. Official Blazers on Base with Autism shirts are available at Snoozy’s Bookstore for $15, with proceeds going to Autism Speaks. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

Blazers Post Consecutive Shutouts To Beat No. 29 FIU
The UAB baseball team recorded its second straight 1-0 shutout against No. 29 FIU on Saturday, March 29 at Young Memorial Field. It marked the first time UAB has earned a shutout in consecutive games since March 2-3, 2007 against Central Arkansas.

With the win, UAB won a series against a ranked opponent for the first time since April 22-23, 2011 against then-No. 19 Rice. In addition, the Blazers won their fourth straight Conference USA three-game series, dating back to the Tulane set in 2013. This marked the first time the squad has won its first three conference series since 2011, as well.

Third Conference USA Honor of 2014
Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard of the UAB baseball team was named the Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week along with Middle Tennessee’s Zac Curtis, the conference announced on Monday, March 31. It marked the third time this season that Mallard had collected the conference honor.

Mallard threw a four-hit complete game shutout on Friday, March 28 against No. 29 FIU. Mallard shut out an FIU team that led Conference USA in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, home runs, total bases, and stolen bases heading into Friday night’s contest.

The Cullman, Ala. native became the first UAB pitcher to record a complete game shutout since Alex Luna on April 24, 2013 against Alabama State. Mallard scattered four hits, struck out eight, and walked two on the night. It marked his fourth game in 2014 with at least eight strikeouts. In addition, he extended his streak to nine consecutive quality starts, dating back to 2013.

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