Baseball On The Road Against Charlotte

UABSPORTS.COM Charlotte, N.C. native Griffin Gum had an inside the park grand slam in the Blazers' last contest.
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Charlotte, N.C. native Griffin Gum had an inside the park grand slam in the Blazers' last contest.
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May 1, 2014

UAB (27-16, 13-8) at Charlotte (14-26-1, 6-14)
Game Details: Friday, May 2 - Sunday, May 4 | Hayes Stadium/Phillips Field | Charlotte, N.C.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB baseball team will hit the road for a three-game series with Conference USA-foe Charlotte, beginning on Friday night. The series is set to begin at 5 p.m. CT at Hayes Stadium/Phillips Field. Saturday's contest is slated for a 1 p.m. start, while Sunday's series finale will begin at 12 p.m.

Second Sweep In Conference USA Play In 2014
The UAB baseball team swept Marshall this past weekend for its second sweep in Conference USA play in 2014. In addition, it marked the Blazers' first sweep in conference play at home since April 27-29, 2012 against Houston.

In the series-opener on Friday, April 25, senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard recorded his seventh win of the year and 13th straight quality start in a 10-2 win. Mallard went 8.0 innings, allowed one earned run, scattered five hits, struck out nine, and walked one. On Saturday, April 26, junior infielder Nathan Vincent hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to seal the series for the Blazers. In the series finale on Sunday, April 27, redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum hit an inside the park grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give UAB a 5-2 win.

Mallard On National Pitcher Of The Year Watch List
Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard of the UAB baseball team was named to the 2014 National Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Friday, April 25. Mallard was one of 47 pitchers to be named to the list.

The National Pitcher of the Year Award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate pitcher. Current Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg won the inaugural award in 2009.

Mallard is off to one of the best seasons in UAB baseball history. The Cullman, Ala. native owns a 7-1 record with a 1.11 ERA in 10 starts in 2014. He has a current streak of 13 consecutive quality starts, which is the longest streak in the country. Mallard, who has been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week three times this season, ranks in the top 30 nationally in five individual pitching categories and leads the conference in opponent batting average (.165).

A 2014 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honoree, Mallard is leaving his marks on the UAB baseball record book, as well. The senior right-handed pitcher owns the best career ERA (2.68) and ranks fourth in career strikeouts (192). In addition, he has appeared in 69 games in his collegiate career, which ranks sixth in program history.

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