Shoop’s squad triumphs in conference play

By on March 16, 2014
Blazer Baseball

The Blazers headed into action with a home game against in state foe Jacksonville State inside Regions Field.

After last week the Blazer sat just outside of the top 25 a few votes shy of cracking the list.

The Blazers opened up in the bottom of the first inning posting three runs, to give starter Johnny Lieske an early lead.  Lieske didn’t come out too strong as he gave up four runs in his four and a third innings of work.

The Blazers tied the score in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.  Sam Kelly came in for the tenth inning and gave up 4 runs on three hits and JSU would walk out of Birmingham with a 9-5 extra inning victory.

Wednesday, Blazers returned the favor as they headed to Jacksonville.  The Gamecocks couldn’t keep the Blazer bats quite.  The Green and Gold erupted for 14 runs in a 14-9 victory evening the midweek series at a single game apiece.

It was started by a five run second inning.  It was echoed when JSU recaptured the lead by a five run seventh inning.  The 14 runs is tops for the Blazers this season. The victory improved the non-conference record to 12-3.

The Blazers then headed for their first road series in C-USA play as they were welcomed in Norfolk, Va by Old Dominion.  “It was a great start against a very good hitting team, a lot of power,” said head coach Brian Shoop in a postgame interview with “They really are built for this park, so they are dangerous every at bat. You have to be really good and I thought Chase was really good.”

The Blazers opened on Friday with ace Chase Mallard on the mound.  The senior improved to 4-0 on the season on a seven and third inning outing against the C-USA newcomer.  He gave up two ER but the Blazers bats has his back he was pitching with a four run lead.

“Our kids play with a lot of confidence when Chase is on the mound,” coach Shoop said. “A great job by him again.”

The Blazers followed up Friday’s victory with a confident showing on Saturday.  The Blazers used a 3 run 9th inning to help them hold off the Monarchs in an 8-6 series clinching win.

The highlight of the game was a homerun by junior first baseman Jeff Schalk. It was just the second of the year for UAB.  The two run shot gave UAB a permanent lead. “We don’t hit many,” added Shoop. “It was exciting. It was only our second one of the year. It was a big two runs, but only two. It looked like it would take seven or eight to win. Thankfully, we did and it was enough.”

Sunday’s contest didn’t fare so well for the Blazers as the suffered a 4-1 loss against ODU.

“Today was miserable,” head coach Brian Shoop stated. “Bitter conditions to play in. The wind was blowing the opposite it was the first two days. It would be a day of ground balls that would get through and freebies. You couldn’t give walks and unfortunately we did today.”

A three run sixth inning propelled the Monarchs to their second C-USA win of the year.

UAB will now head to Honolulu to take on Hawaii in a four game series against the Warriors.

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