UAB's Gum Excels In Alaska Baseball League

Gum had five home runs in the ABL Home Run Derby, good enough for third place.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Rising redshirt sophomore Griffin Gum wrapped a successful regular season with the Chugiak Chinooks in the Alaska Baseball League (ABL) this past weekend. Gum was selected to the ABL All-Star Game and participated in the Home Run Derby on July 21.

Gum hit at a clip of .274 in 124 at-bats for the Chinooks, which ranked 15th in the league. His 20 runs scored was the fourth-best in the ABL and he finished in seventh in doubles (7) and hits (34), as well.

The outfielder had three outings with at least 2 RBI and had multiple hits in 10 games for the Chinooks. Against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Thursday, June 27, Gum hit his only home run of the summer and registered 4 RBI, his most in a single game this summer.

Behind those numbers, Gum was named an ABL All-Star and participant in the league Home Run Derby. In the Home Run Derby, Gum clubbed five home runs to finish in third place out of 14 participants. The Charlotte, N.C. native was one long ball shy of finishing in second place.

The Chinooks will begin postseason play on Monday, July 29 with a match-up against the Glacier Pilots. The ABL Tournament is a round-robin event with the top-two facing off in a best-of-three series to determine the tournament champion.