Baseball Treks To Alabama State Tuesday

UABSPORTS.COM 3B John Frost is on a 20-game hit streak
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3B John Frost is on a 20-game hit streak
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April 22, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB baseball team will start off a five-game week by traveling to Alabama State for a midweek contest on Tuesday slated to start at 6 p.m. CT at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.

UAB (16-24) at Alabama State (26-18)
Date: April 23, 2013
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Location: Montgomery, Ala.
Stadium: Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex

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Pitching Matchup
UAB: RHP Jacob German (2-0, 2.55)
ASU: RHP Anthony Riccardi (2-5, 3.19)

UAB Scouting Report
The Blazers look to turn things around, dropping all four games last week, falling at Alabama, before being swept in a three-game series by Conference USA opponent East Carolina. All four losses were by four runs or less.

3B John Frost recorded at least one hit in all four contests to extend his current hitting streak to 20 consecutive games. During the streak, Frost is hitting .395 (30-for-76) with 10 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, one homer and 15 RBI. He is slugging at a .632 clip and has an on-base percentage of .484. Frost's hitting streak is the longest by a Blazer under head coach Brian Shoop, surpassing Ryan Keedy's string of 19 straight games with a hit back in 2008.

DH/OF Ryan Prinzing hit .333 in the series against ECU and owns a .349 batting average against conference squads this year. His league batting average is second on UAB, trailing only Frost who is hitting .417 in C-USA games this season.

Overall, UAB is hitting .256 as a team, averaging 3.95 runs of 8.32 hits per game.

Jacob German gets his first start of the season on Tuesday and is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA for the season.  In 13 outings, all in relief, the righty has pitched 24.2 innings, surrendering only 16 hits and holding opponents to a .195 batting average.  German has struck out 15 and walked 12 on the season.

Alabama State Scouting Report
The host Hornets have played well both at home and in conference action to sit at 26-18 overall.  At home, Alabama State is 17-8 and is 15-6 in SWAC play.

Alabama State is averaging 9.5 hits, which in turn has produced 6.7 runs per game for the season.  As a team, the Hornets are hitting at an impressive .290 clip, spearheaded by five regulars with over a .300 batting average.

Richard Gonzalez leads the team with a .365 hitting clip, while Waldyvan Estrada tops the Hornets in homers (7), RBI (44), total bases (81) and is hitting .344 for the year.

The Hornets are dangerous on the base paths, stealing 98 bases on 121 total attempts.  Five different players have 10 or more steals, led by Richard Amion who is 28 for 33 when trying to steal.

On the mound, right-hander Anthony Riccardi gets the starting nod, who enters Tuesday with a 2-5 record and 3.19 ERA.  In eight appearances, all starts, Riccardi has totaled 42.1 innings, giving up 24 runs, only 15 earned, off 40 hits.  He has struck out 39 batters and walked 16.

Following Tuesday’s contest, the two clubs will meet again on Wednesday at Young Memorial Field. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT.