Baseball Welcomes Jax State Wednesday At 4 p.m.

UABSPORTS.COM RHP Chase Mallard went a career-long 7.1 innings in his last outing to earn the win
UABSPORTS.COM
RHP Chase Mallard went a career-long 7.1 innings in his last outing to earn the win
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April 2, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB baseball team looks to stay hot, hosting instate foe Jacksonville State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT at Young Memorial Field.

The game was moved up from its originally scheduled time of 6:30 p.m. CT due to inclement weather forecasted in the Birmingham area.

The Blazers went 3-1 last week, defeating Alabama 1-0, prior to taking 2-of-3 at Marshall in conference play.

Game Information
Date: April 3, 2013
Time: 4 p.m. CT
Location: Birmingham, Ala.
Stadium: Young Memorial Field (1,000)

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Probable Starters
JSU: LHP Casey Antley (4-2, 3.30)
UAB: RHP Chase Mallard (1-2, 2.88)

INSIDE THE SERIES
All-Time Series: JSU 28, UAB 25

Last Meeting: JSU 7, UAB 4 at Young Memorial Field (2/20/13)

Jacksonville State has claimed both meetings so far with the Blazers in 2013, winning 7-0 on Feb. 19 before capturing a 7-4 victory on Feb. 20 at Young Memorial Field.

Loves Facing Jax State
• C Harry Clark: .333 (6-18)  with 3 RBI
• OF Ivan De Jesus: .306 (11-36), 6 runs, 6 RBI
• RHP Jacob German: 1-0, 0.90 ERA, 10IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, 6 strikeouts, 3 walks

UAB Scouting Report
After posting a 3-1 record last week, UAB now sits at 12-15 overall and 2-4 in C-USA action.

Offense
The Blazers bumped their team batting average up to .254 after hitting .291 was a club over the last five games.  UAB has 40 extra-base hits, featuring six homers and 19 stolen bases.

Three UAB hitters own averages above .280 on the year, led by 3B John Frost's .390 clip, which also leads all of C-USA. Frost also leads the team in doubles (6) and RBI (19).

Ryan Prinzing (.330) and De Jesus (.286) also are key contributors to the top of the Blazer lineup.

Pitching
On the mound, UAB arms have own a ERA of 4.41, surrendering 117 earned runs in 238.2 total innings. Opponents are hitting .256 against the Blazers.

UAB has totaled 176 strikeouts to 99 walks on the season and have five different pitchers with a save out of the bullpen this season.

Mallard gets the starting nod for just the second time this season in his ninth total appearance. Entering Wednesday, Mallard sports a 1-2 record, 2.88 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 25 total innings. The righty is holding opponents to a .237 batting average. In his last appearance, Mallard went a career-long 7.1 innings in relief to capture the victory at Marshall, allowing just one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts.

Jacksonville State Scouting Report
Gamecocks play Samford on Tuesday before heading to Young Memorial Field for Wednesday's matchup.  JSU currently owns a 15-14 record and is an impressive 9-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play.  

JSU is hitting .250 as a team with 16 homers and 27 stolen bases total. Topping the Gamecocks in batting average is Michael Bishop, who is hitting .354 with 10 doubles, two homers and nine RBI.  Griff Gordon is right behind Bishop with a .343 average and has scored 23 times and knocked in 18.

On the mound, the Gamecocks have a 4.29 team ERA, giving up 120 earned runs in 252 total innings.  The JSU staff has 155 strikeouts to 87 walks and opponents are hitting .277.

Lefty Casey Antley gets the starting nod for JSU. The southpaw has a 4-2 record and 3.30 ERA in eight total appearances, seven starts. He has pitched 46.1 innings, giving up 17 earned runs off 44 hits, along with 23 strikeouts and eight walks.  Opponents are hitting .259 against Antley.

Travis Stout has been strong arm out of the JSU bullpen, posting a 2-0 record and recording eight saves in 15 appearances. He has a 2.25 ERA in 15 innings with 13 strikeouts compared to three walks.

UAB Captures Series In Charleston
Blazers won 2-of-3 in Charleston, W.Va., against the Marshall Thundering Herd over the weekend and improved to 9-3 all-time at Appalachian Power Park.  Head coach Brian Shoop has won all four series on the road vs. the Herd, including a three-game sweep back in 2007.

John Frost hit a robust .538 (7-for-13) with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored for the series. Ivan De Jesus was not far behind, hitting at a .417 (5-for12) clip, with five runs scored, one home run and two RBI.  The duo combined to walk seven times over the three game series.

The Blazers outscored the Herd 23-13 and posted a .279 batting average, compared to Marshall's .237.

1-0 Winners
Blazers have captured three wins by the score of 1-0 this season, most recently against vs. Alabama back on March 26.

Frost On Fire
3B John Frost was a force at the plate, hitting .529 (9-for-17) for the week, collecting at least one hit and one RBI in each game. He knocked in the lone run of the 1-0 victory vs. the Crimson Tide. The Decatur, Ala., native went 6-for-8 in a doubleheader vs. Marshall on Saturday and reached base in eight of his 10 plate appearances. He recorded a .706 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage for the week. Frost is currently on a seven-game hit streak and is hitting .517 (15-for-29) during that stretch.

Sam Stymies Opponents
LHP Sam Kelley started two games for the Blazers, registering a 0.82 ERA in 11 total innings of work. Kelley earned the win vs. Alabama, throwing five shutout frames, before suffering a touch-luck loss to Marshall.  Against the Herd, the lefty yielding only one earned run in six frames. Kelley held opponents to a minuscule .139 average against him for the week and retired the side in order in eight of the 11 full frames he worked.

Magnificent Mallard
RHP Chase Mallard came out of the bullpen and went a career-long 7.1 innings against Marshall, giving up just one earned run on five hits. The righty walked two and fanned five to capture the victory in the first game of the series in Charleston, W.Va.

Ivan Gettin' On
OF Ivan De Jesus had a solid week for UAB, hitting .438 (7-for-16), and posting three multi-hit games. In a 10-6 victory in the first game of the Marshall series, De Jesus went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and two walks. De Jesus started the series  with a bang in game one, launching a solo shot out of the leadoff slot to help propel the Blazers to victory.