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Baseball team receives C-USA championship rings
The UAB baseball team received their 2012 Conference USA championship rings on Tuesday. The Blazers won its first ever C-USA tournament championship beating rival Memphis in the finals to clinch the title earlier this year in May. Brian Shoop had is fourth consecutive winning season with the Blazers as they posted a 32-30 record.
The Blazers had six players make the all-tournament team, Keith Depew, Ryan Nance, Chase Mallard, Jeff Schalk, John Frost, and tournament MVP Michael Busby.
The tournament victory earned the Blazers a spot in the NCAA tournament where the Blazers couldn’t overcome injuries to mount a deep run. The Blazer were one of only two teams in the state to make the NCAA tournament. The other being fellow Birmingham university, Samford. It was the first time UAB reached the NCAA regional tournament since 1991.
UAB sported the best winning percentage amongst Alabama Division I baseball teams against programs within the state as well as the best home winning percentage amongst those schools. In 2012, the Blazers finished 9-3 (.750) against Alabama schools and 20-10 (.667) overall at home.
On the season, UAB won four games against top-20 teams. In fact, each win came against a program that was ranked 16th or higher in one of the major polls.
The first three victories versus nationally ranked teams No. 16 Clemson No. 14 UCF (twice), and No. 5 Rice, a senior righty Dillon Napoleon earning the wins in the first three contests.
UAB hopes to build on the success of last season and mount another NCAA run this coming spring.