After a disappointing home series against FIU, the UAB baseball team (19-33, 10-17) will need a sweep on the road against Charlotte (22-28, 11-15) and a little help from FAU in order to make the CUSA Tournament next week.
Only the top eight seeds will advance to the tournament, and right now UAB is tied with WKU for ninth. They trail Charlotte by a game and a half because of a rainout in the Charlotte-UTSA series last weekend, and they trail FIU by two games.
FIU faces Southern Miss this weekend so there is a chance the Panthers could get swept and miss the tournament as well if WKU or UAB gets sweeps in their respective sereis. So there are a couple of different ways UAB could slip into the tournament, but in order for any of those scenarios to play out they have to win.
Right now the Blazes are in the midst of a 9-game losing streak after losing on the road at Auburn 4-1 Tuesday night. Before that 9-game losing streak started, UAB had won seven of its last 10 games and looked like they were on a roll. That also coincided with when the Blazers lost their number three hitter in Esteban Tresgallo, and we’re still not sure if he’ll be able to return this season.
Charlotte is very one-sided as a team. They hit the ball very well with a .294 team average, but they have a staff ERA of 5.23. UAB is just the opposite as they have a batting average of .233, but an ERA of 3.99.
The Blazers’ pitching staff will need to be on their game this weekend to slow down the 49ers offensive attack. However, the offense has been the biggest problem for UAB all year, and they’ve especially struggled during this losing streak averaging just 2.4 runs per game. That has to change against Charlotte’s pitching staff.
UAB has gotten baserunners on all year, but bringing them in has been the problem. The Blazers have to take advantage of those opportunities this weekend if they’re going to have a shot to make the CUSA Tournament.
The Blazers and 49ers will now play a single game on Thursday night starting at 5 p.m. CT, then at 2 p.m. CT on Friday and Saturday’s game is still to be determined.