Baseball Heads To Houston For Weekend Series

May 9, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- With no midweek contests on the schedule, the UAB baseball team returns to action on Friday with a trip to Houston to play a weekend series with the Cougars.

UAB (18-31, 4-14 C-USA)
at Houston (31-18, 9-9 C-USA)

Series Information
Location: Houston, Texas
Stadium: Cougar Field (5,000)

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G1: Fri., 6:30 p.m. CT
UAB: RHP Turner Lee ( 1-2, 5.97)
UH: RHP Daniel Poncedeleon (6-4, 4.30)

G2: Sat., 6:30 p.m. CT
UAB: LHP Sam Kelley (3-6, 5.00)
UH: RHP Austin Pruitt (7-5, 2.95) 

G3: Sun., 1 p.m. CT

Loves Facing Houston

Ryan Prinzing: .556 (5-for-9) 2 runs, 2 RBI

Jeff Schalk: .417 (5-for-12) 3 runs, 1 HR, 3 RBI

Harry Clark: .400 (6-for-15), 5 RBI

John Frost: .324 (12-for-37), 12 runs, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI

Who's Hot

Jeff Schalk: .625 (10-for-16), .700 OBP, .813 SLG, 3 runs, 2 RBI -- Last 5G

Tanner Bryant: .359 (14-for-39), 5 runs, 2 2B, 3 RBI -- Last 10G

Alex Luna: 1-0, 1.02 ERA, 17.2 IP, 12 hits, 2ER, 14K, 4BB -- Last 3 Starts

Series Information

All-Time Series: Houston leads, 35-18

The Blazers have won five of the last six meetings with the Cougars. 

Last Series: UAB swept UH in Birmingham

G1: UAB 11, UH 9
The Blazers overcame an 8-2 deficit, using a five-run seventh to claim the victory. Ryan Prinzing, John Frost and Jeff Schalk combined to go 7-for-14 hitting in the top spots in the lineup. 

G2: UAB 12, UH 8
UAB scored eight runs over the first three innings and held on for a 12-8 win to clinch the series. Schalk and Ivan De Jesus each ripped three hits. 

G3: UAB 1, UH 0
Michael Busby fired a complete game shutout, the first by a Blazer since 2004, to earn the three-game sweep.

Last Series In Houston: UAB won two of three

G1: UAB 10, UH 1

G2: UAB 6, UH 1

G3: UH 8, UAB 7

UAB Scouting Report

The Blazers last played a week ago, winning one of three against No. 18 Rice. Overall, the Blazers sit at 18-31 and 4-14 in league play.

UAB is hitting .258 as a team and has four players with averages above .300 for the year. Leading that group is third baseman John Frost with .330 average. He is followed by Ryan Prinzing (.323), Chase Davis (.307) and Tanner Bryant (.301).

Frost has clubbed 19 extra-base hits and knocked in 31 and is slugging at a .465 clip.

The Blazer will start a pair of southpaws on the mound this weekend, with Sunday's starter yet to be announced.

Lee, who started last Friday against Rice, owns a 1-2 record and 5.97 ERA. In 37.2 total innings, the lefty has struck out 37 batters.

Kelley enters with a 3-6 record and even 5.00 ERA. In eight of Kelley's 10 starts on the season, he has held the opponent to three earned runs or less.

Houston Scouting Report
The Cougars own a record of 31-18 overall and 9-9 in league play on the season. Houston defeated McNeese State on the road this past Tuesday.

The Cougars possess a lot of team speed, stealing 72 bases on 87 attempts and have 22 total triples. Four different Cougars have 10 or more steals, led by Kyle Survance and Josh Vidales, each with 15 swipes.

UH also plays small ball, having dropped down 55 sacrifice bunts this season.

UH has a team batting average of .266 with Justin Montemayor and Michael Pyeatt hitting .326 and .323 respectively.  Frankie Ratcliff tops the team in extra base hits with 19 and in RBI with 38.

Pitching wise, UH owns a team ERA of 3.84 with 331 strikeouts compared to 137 walks in 424 total innings. Daniel Poncedeleon will start Friday with a 6-4 record, while Saturday's starter Austin Pruitt is 7-5 with 2.95 ERA.  Pruitt has pitched four complete games, including two shutouts on the season, totaling 77 strikeouts in 91.2 innings on the bump.

Prinzing Earns Academic Honor
DH Ryan Prinzing recently earned Capital One Academic District 4 Team honors announced by CoSIDA. Prinzing has maintained a 3.62 GPA as a management major and is hitting .324 with three homers and 24 RBI on the season. 

Big Inning Clips Owls
On May 3, UAB picked up its first victory of the season over a nationally ranked opponent, edging No. 18 Rice, 10-9, in game one of the series.

A seven-run sixth inning fueled the victory, marking the most runs the Blazers scored in an inning since touching home 13 times against UCF in the 2012 Conference USA Tournament. 

Prinzing's Slam Leads Blazers Past Rice
In the 10-9 victory over No. 18 Rice, Ryan Prinzing launched a grand slam, marking the first bases full round tripper since current student assistant coach Luke Stewart connected for one on May 22, 2010 at Rice.