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The past week was unkind for the Blazers baseball team. After ending last weekend’s series against Memphis with a walk-off single for a victory over the Tigers, UAB traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide.
UAB defeated Alabama 1-0 back on March 26 at the Hoover Met. Tuesday’s game was different as the Crimson Tide was able to wake up their bats by producing 11 hits. Alabama defeated the green and gold 7-4.
“I liked what I saw tonight. We were able to get off the deck early and get started. I thought offensively—especially in the front part of the game—I thought we had good flow within the ballgame,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said.
UAB senior, John Frost, connected on two hits extending his hitting streak which now currently stands at 19 games. Frost kept the hitting streak alive this weekend as the Blazers played host to East Carolina. Frosts’ production did not translate in UAB wins however.
The Blazers fell to the Pirates Friday night 5-4, but before a late UAB charge in the final inning. The UAB baseball team put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth. East Carolina’s Drew Reynolds escaped the late Blazer rally, securing East Carolina’s 5-4 victory in game one of the series.
Tanner Bryant (2-5) suffered the loss after giving up all five Pirate runs on seven hits with seven punch outs in 6.2 innings. Jacob German tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts.
Game two was played Saturday afternoon and Sam Kelly received the start for the Blazers. Kelly pitched 5.2 innings and only gave up two runs on four hits.
“Sam was great again for us today and he seems to keep us in the game every time he goes out there for us,” Shoop said. “We just haven’t been able to give him much run support or he would have five or six wins for us this season.”
The offensive bats were led by Ryan Prinzing and Harry Clark whom both went 2-for-4 from the plate. ECU was led by Bryan Bass in which he went 3-for-4, two runs scored, and one RBI.
UAB stands at 16-23 overall and 3-8 in Conference-USA play. The Blazers travel to Montgomery Tuesday to take on Alabama State and return home to face the Hornets Wednesday.
UAB and Alabama State will square off at 6:30 p.m. from Young Memorial Field. The Blazers then travel to Hattiesburg, MS to continue conference play with Southern Miss Friday-Sunday.