UAB Sweeps Baseball 6-2, 9-4
May 6, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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UAB got a pair of pitching gems from Jim Crew in game one and Drew Murray in game two to earn a doubleheader sweep of Memphis and claim a two-games-to-one win in the Conference USA series. The Blazers defeated the Tigers 6-2 in the opener and raced to a 9-4 win in the twinbill.
Crew scattered seven hits and struck out three in a complete-game win in the first game. He held the Tiger offense scoreless through two innings until Will Petersen put Memphis on the board with a solo home run over the centerfield wall.
However, in a pitcher's duel, Memphis could muster little more offense than that, while the Blazers took advantage of a critical defensive miscue by the U of M defense to plate three runs in the fifth. Ryne Lovdahl tied the contest with a leadoff homer and Ryan Metcalf got a two-out rally started when he reached on an infield error. After a single by leftfielder Steven Turner, the Blazers claimed the lead for good, 3-1, on a pair of RBI-singles from Jorge Gutierrez and Levi Patmon.
Gutierrez executed the safety squeeze to perfection to give UAB a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning, but Memphis answered with a run of its own when Joey Lieberman scored on Alex Fennell's sac fly to rightfield.
But Memphis was unable to hold the UAB offense as Lovdahl, J.R. Bond and Metcalf doubled in successive at-bats to give the Blazers the 6-2 final.
Tiger starter Philip Utley was the hard-luck loser, giving up seven hits and fanning two in seven innings.
For the second consecutive game UAB outhit Memphis. Lieberman was the lone Tiger hitter to record at least two hits.
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Murray no-hit the Tigers through 5.1 innings, and finished with five strikeouts in 7.1 innings. He walked six and allowed just two hits--a single by Josh Irvin, that broke up the no-hit bid and a single by Chris Newsom in the eighth inning. Memphis had just three hits in the nightcap.
Murray held the U of M offense in check while his offense racked up big numbers en route to a convincing win. Bond homered to left to make it 1-0 in the second and Danny Sawyer posted a run-scoring base hit to ignite a three-run third. Bond was plunked by a Ben Grisham pitch with the bases loaded and a balk allowed another Blazer run to score to make it 4-0 after three innings.
UAB continued to extend its lead with two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to put the game away 9-0.
Irvin's hit brought Memphis's first run home in the sixth and Adam Amar drove a two-run, bases-loaded double off the centerfield wall to cap a three-run eighth inning.
Grisham took the loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits in just three innings of work.