Blazer baseball rebounds at home

By on March 30, 2014
Blazer Baseball

After dropping the first series so far this season, the Blazers returned to Birmingham and to C-USA action to take 29th ranked FIU.

The weekend series took place after Hawaii bested the Blazers in three out of four games including an 11 inning marathon and falling to 17-8.

FIU was among the leaders inside C-USA action along with the Blazers. The three-game home stand did not disappoint as strong pitching was a theme throughout.

In the first match for UAB at Young Memorial Field, UAB ace Chase Mallard was on the mound.

The Panthers went into the weekend holding the top offense marks in C-USA and went against the best pitcher in the conference.

Mallard pitched a complete game shutout allowing on four hit during the contest.

“He has done it every single time out,” head coach Brian Shoop said in an interview with “That was against a really good offensive team, whether it looked like it or not tonight. That lineup is just pummeling people. They are putting up runs like crazy. It’s just Chase Mallard again.”

Mallard has yet to have a bad outing this season, going 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA.

Jeff Schalk scored the only run Mallard would need in his dominate outing.

Schalk reached on a hit then scored on a throwing error.

Mallard would leave the Panters hitless in the final innings and struck out a few to add to a total of 8 for the game leaving the Blazers with the win and series lead going into Saturday.

Saturday was another pitcher’s duel.

Next on the mound for the Green and Gold was senior Alex Luna.

“Today was going to be near impossible to score,” Shoop added. “It was going to be a day when one might be enough and to score you might need help. Luna doesn’t help teams. He doesn’t beat himself. He doesn’t walk people. That always works to your advantage and has worked to Alex’s advantage all season.”

The senior pitched 7 scoreless innings following Mallards lead.  Luna now joins Mallard with 5-0 record yet holding a slight advantage in ERA with 0.84.

The two pitchers have combined for 10 of UAB’s 19 wins.

The Blazers posted a single run in the third to give them a 1-0 advantage would end up being the final score giving UAB their second straight shutout.

With the win, UAB has opened the conference season with three straight series wins.

Sunday was another example of fine example of pitching.

UAB fell behind early when FIU scored in the second inning. Despite having plenty of chances and runners in scoring position the Blazers couldn’t find a way to cross the plate.

The Panthers added a run in the fifth to stretch the lead which would lead to the final score 2-0.

“It’s amazing and a credit to our pitching staff that we scored two runs on the weekend and won two games,” Shoop said. “It’s amazing and almost impossible to do. I am grateful that we pitched and defended well this weekend.”

The Blazers will take on Troy in Regions Field on Tuesday, then head to Ruston, LA, as they try and win the fourth series to open C-USA action.

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About Tripp Larsen

I am life long Blazer fan, who wishes the best for the program. I am 22 year old psychology major. If you have any comments or arguments feel free to comment, or send me an email at Writers are wanted so if you want to become a member of the staff send an email or come down to the student media office.
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