I’m not going to complain about only winning one game on the road against Georgia, but it sure felt like we should have won more.
All-in-all, baseball scored just two runs against Georgia all weekend and was shutout on Saturday and Sunday. It’s not like we aren’t getting guys on base, we just aren’t taking advantage of the scoring opportunities given to us.
If there is one thing coach Shoop and UAB baseball needs to work on in this final week before conference play, it’s manufacturing runs.
For instance, on Saturday Blake Johnson reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt. So without doing much on our part other than put the ball in play, we had a runner on second with no outs and the top of the lineup coming up.
Brewer Hicklen was most likely going to bunt him over, but Johnson got picked off at second base. So after Georgia gave us two free bases, we helped them out by getting picked off at second when the batter was just trying to bunt him to third.
The little things like this are what’s plaguing the UAB offense. We can’t wait on strings of hits to be put together, we have to take advantage of what the other team gives us.
This should be a great week for the UAB offense to gain some confidence as they play Alabama A&M twice and then host ULM over the weekend.
Alabama A&M is 4-9 on the season and has a team ERA of 8.54. If we can’t score against them, we are in some serious trouble this year. The one time UAB played them last year we won 12-2 at home.
ULM is just 4-9 this year and were swept by Alabama over the weekend. They have a team ERA of 7.07, so again, we should be able to score runs against them.
I’m looking for UAB baseball to have a huge week picking up five wins, which would bring our record to 11-6 with just one game left before conference play begins.
Let’s hope the offense can get rolling this weekend against some bad pitching staffs and carry that momentum into conference games.