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Blazers earn top spot in C-USA after a three game sweep of La Tech
After a disappoint loss to in-state rival troy UAB hit the road to take on C-USA newcomer Louisiana Tech.
Chase Mallard was on the mound on Friday, opening the series for the Blazers. Mallard delivered with another solid performance, striking out five in seven inning of work. He allowed one run on his way to pick up his six win of the season.
“It wasn’t easy tonight,” head coach Brian Shoop said in a postgame interview with UABsports.com. “He really had to grind. I thought he settled in there in the middle. He gave us another great opportunity to win.”
The Blazer bats were in full swing for the first time in a few weeks. The Green and Gold knocked in eight runs on 13 hits. The Blazers hit two homeruns which almost doubled the season total to date.
First baseman Jeff Schalk went 3-4 with three RBI’s and a homerun to help lead the Blazer offense.
The Blazers defeated La Tech in the opening game of the series 8-1 in an offensive outburtst.
The second game was another game dominated by Blazer pitching.
The star was Turner Lee. Lee came in for Johnny Lieske in the 6th inning. Lee pitched 3.2 innings of hitless baseball, shutting down the bats of La Tech. Lee picked up his second save of the season.
Offensively the Blazers used a group effort to get the win, picking up 4 runs on 5 hits. As the Shoop’s squad clinched their fourth straight series win to open up conference play, 4-2.
In the second game of the double-header the Blazers sent out Alex Luna. Luna pitched 3.1 innings giving up a homerun on three hits.
The win was picked up by Thomas Lowery who allowed just a single hit in 2.2 innings of action to improve his record to 3-1 on the year.
Third baseman, Nathan Vincent, lead the way for UAB going 3-5 with two RBI’s. The Blazers picked up 7 runs on 12 hits en route to the 7-4 win to sweep the Bulldogs.
The sweeps improves the Blazers to 22-10 on the season and 9-3 in conference play. The sweep puts UAB top in C-USA and puts them just outside the top 30 in the country.
The Blazers have dominated through their pitching, the Blazer’s rank 22nd in the country in ERA.
The Green and Gold will have an opportunity to prove themselves on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa as the take on the 21st ranked Crimson Tide.
After the instate matchup, Young Memorial Field will once again be host to the Blazer as they take on Florida International in a three game series on Friday at 6:30, Saturday at 2 and Sunday at 1.
The Panthers also are lead by great pitching, boasting the second best ERA in the country at 1.65.
FIU also ranks just outside the top 30 in the country and are towards the top in C-USA.
It will be a tough week for the Blazers and they will need more strong performances out of Alex Luna and ace Chase Mallard. Support the Blazers as they try to crack into the top 30 and remain atop C-USA.