UAB baseball (19-28, 10-14) ended a dreadfully long road trip by getting swept at the hands of a hot Marshall team (27-17, 16-8) that has now clinched their spot in the conference tournament.
Despite dropping all three games to Marshall, UAB baseball remains in the top eight in the Conference USA standings, but they’re just a game ahead of FIU and Charlotte.
Going back to the Marshall series, the pitching held down a powerful Thundering Herd offense in the first two games giving up five and four runs respectively, but the offense was unable to get anything going all weekend scoring a total of 9 runs in the three-game set.
Saturday was UAB’s best chance to win as a late home run by Griffin Gum tied the game up at three, but the Blazers were unable to push across the winning run and eventually lost in 11 innings.
On a positive note, UAB controls its own destiny for making the tournament as they play FIU and Charlotte in the upcoming weeks.
First they host the Panthers this upcoming weekend with a chance to actually clinch a spot in the tournament with a sweep. Winning two-out-of-three is essentially a must for the Blazers at home against FIU.
FIU finishes the regular season at home against Southern Miss where they’ll most likely loss at least two games against the nationally ranked Golden Eagles.
Charlotte will travel to UTSA this weekend where they’ll have a chance to pick up a couple of wins against a RoadRunners team that is out of the picture.
FIU is the better of the two teams, but UAB will get them at home where they’ve played much better this season. Charlotte’s offense is pretty good, but their pitching has been terrible all season, which should give the Blazers a chance to win.
Another team to be watching down the stretch is WKU. UAB is actually tied with them for the seven spot, and they have to play Marshall and FAU in the final two weekends. They could very easily lose both of those series and open up another door for UAB to get into the tournament.
The fact that UAB is even a in a position to make the tournament says a lot about Coach Shoop and the talent of this young team. I have enjoyed watching them grow all year and hope they still have a lot of baseball left in them.