After splitting a double-header on Saturday, UAB was two outs from winning the series on Sunday but a 2-run homer by possibly the best offensive player in the conference in Danny Hudzina tied the game at three. WKU scored a run in the top of the 10th and held on in the bottom half to win the finale and the series.
The Blazers took game one on Saturday thanks to a masterful pitching performance by Ryan Ruggles who pitched 8.1 scoreless innings on 1 hit and 3 walks, while Esteban Tresgallo hit his second home run of the season leading to a 2-0 win for the UAB.
In game two the Blazers squandered several opportunities to score leaving 10 men on base. Brewer Hicklen, Even Peterson and Carter Pharis each had a pair of hits in the game as the Blazers out hit the Hilltoppers 8-7, but eventually lost 2-1.
Tanner Graham gave up just 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings.
Sunday’s game went back-and-forth as WKU took a 1-0 lead in the second, and then UAB took the lead in the third 2-1. The Hilltoppers took the lead back with 2 runs in the fifth, just to see the Blazers come right back and take the lead with 2 runs in seventh and one in the eighth highlighted by Tresgallo’s second home run of the weekend and third of the season.
However, an error to start the top of the ninth led to another comeback from the Hilltoppers as they eventually won the series against UAB.
This was a very tough loss for the UAB baseball team. They had a chance to win all three games, but yet came away with just one win at home.
Still, it was nice to see Tresgallo get hot at the plate, and the pitching was outstanding all weekend for the Blazers. If those two things continue then the Blazers have the chance to get on a streak.
UAB will play a pair of midweek games against Jacksonville State this week before traveling to Houston to take on one of the hottest teams in college baseball in Rice.