UAB’s comeback fell just short in Tuesday’s game at Alabama as the Blazers lost 7-6 and falls to 12-21 on the season.
UAB’s road record did not improve Tuesday. UAB dropped to 1-12 on the season away from Birmingham.
UAB started out strong. Lead off man, Brewer Hicklen was able to draw a lead off walk followed by Griffin Gum. UAB pulled a double steal, and then an RBI by Tresgallo gave UAB the early 1-0 lead.
However, Alabama came back with a couple of RBI singles and a balk to take a 4-1 lead. UAB answered scoring a run on an Adam Smith RBI. Walks in the second gave that run right back to Alabama for the 5-2 lead.
After a quiet few innings of work from UAB’s pitching staff, Alabama scored on an RBI double. UAB responded in the seventh to tie the game at six thanks to RBIs from Smith, Hicklen, and Pharis.
Unfortunately, Alabama responded with an RBI triple and UAB is struck out three times to end the game.
My Personal Thoughts
UAB has been going down early. This has made it really difficult by putting too much pressure on hitters. UAB has given up 137 walks this year. Those are just too many free passes to allow. Pitching has to buckle down.
After the start, the relievers did great in this game, but the late triple outlines another problem. There are too many extra base hits. Twenty-seven percent of all hit balls this year have been for extra bases, including 5 triples. Balls are getting creamed, which generally means a location was missed in the hitter’s favor.
Lastly, though hitting has gotten better, too many men have been stranded and it has been killer.
Time to go to work this weekend UAB. The Blazers will take on a very tough Southern Miss team this weekend that has been mentioned in the recent rankings.
Come out to Young Memorial Field this weekend and support the Blazers looking for a huge Conference USA series win.