Blazer roll over Tide, drop series to Southern Miss

By on April 13, 2014
Photo by Amber Gomez-4

The Blazers proved their instate prowess in Tuscaloosa as they met up with the 16th ranked team in the country.

The Green and Gold once again used solid pitching to take down their instate foe for the fifth time in the past six matchups.

Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Adam Lamar scored his first win on the year and sophomore right-handed pitcher Adam Lau got his fourth save of 2014.

Adam Lamar earned his first win of the season as the Blazers pitched with by committee with 8 players seeing action on the mound.

“That’s our only choice,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “We have three games this weekend. We have to have all of those guys available in two days. We had no option other than to do it that way.”

Griffin Gum led the way for UAB knocking 3 of the Blazers 6 hits, and picking up an RBI in the process.

The Blazers will match up against the Crimson Tide again on Wednesday at Regions field as UAB will try to maintain their recent dominance in the rivalry.

“This is a friendly rivalry, it’s not a heated rivalry,” Shoop said. “I want Alabama to do well in 54 of their games. I wouldn’t make more of it. It was a good win.”

Young Memorial Field was host to Southern Miss over the weekend as UAB aimed to keep their series win streak inside of conference alive.

Chase Mallard took the mound for the Blazers and he had another great outing as he gave up a single run on six hits in 6.1 innings as he left with a run advantage over the Golden Eagles.

“It was a good college game,” Shoop said after the game in an interview with “Chase did his part again. There is always a fine line between winning and losing. Mitch’s ball was only a couple of inches foul in the first inning; Nathan’s ball was a couple feet short of a two-run home run.”

Southern Miss rallied late as the picked up two run in the top of the ninth to give them the 3-2 victory.

UAB welcomed Southern Miss again on Saturday for the second game of the three game series.

“I am very proud of them,” Shoop said. “When you play a 56-game Division I schedule where everyone is good, you are going to have some really disappointing losses, like we did last night. That one hurt. That one really stung because we felt like we let a win get away. On top of a very painful loss last night, we got down 3-0 today. I was very proud of the guys to battle back. That’s a heck of a win for our club. I am very proud of them.”

The Blazers squeaked by the Golden Eagles picking up the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth improving them to 24-11 on the season.

In the rubber match, fans in attendance were treated with another great game.

Johnny Lieske had a strong outing, pitching 7 innings giving up two earned runs on five hits.

Despite carrying a four run lead going into the ninth, the Blazers lost in extra innings 8-7 giving them their first conference series loss of the season.

UAB will have a full plate this week as the welcome Alabama State and Alabama to Regions before hitting the road to take on 21 ranked Rice Owls.

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