I’ve been preaching it all season – all four weeks – that as soon as Brewer Hicklen and Carter Pharis start hitting this team will take off.
Well, it looks like that time has finally come. During this 5-game winning the two have gotten red hot for UAB baseball.
Last week Hicklen went 12-20 at the plate with a home run, 8 runs scored, 3 RBIs, a double, 2 triples, and 4 stolen bases. That led to him being named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week.
On top of those numbers, he also scored both winning runs in Sunday’s games, and he also hit the first home run of the season for UAB baseball.
Meanwhile, Pharis went 11-14 at the plate with 5 runs scored, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 hit-by-pitch and 3 doubles. The sophomore was absolutely incredible for the Blazers this past week raising his batting average all the way up to .286 on the season after being at .086 before last week.
Hicklen and Pharis went from being at the bottom batting average-wise for UAB baseball to the top. Hicklen now leads the team with an impressive average of .345, and they’re one and two on the team in hits.
The two couldn’t have stepped up at a better time as UAB has been struggling to find offense lately. And even with the breakout of Hicklen and Pharis, the team only managed to score 11 runs in the 3-game series against ULM.
I mentioned going into last week that this would be a great opportunity for the UAB offense to get on track against some opponents who have struggled to keep runs off the board. They did great against Alabama A&M scoring 15 runs in a couple of 7-inning games, but I would have liked to have seen them score more against ULM.
Still, they had 26 hits in the series, they just have to do a better job of bringing those runners in.
They face an Auburn team on Tuesday that is second to last in the SEC in ERA at 4.50. They’re 2-2 in their mid-week games and are giving up 8.25 runs per game in those contests.
UAB baseball has a chance to put up some runs against a quality SEC opponent and get a little more momentum going into Conference USA play.
Let’s hope Hicklen and Pharis stay hot and the rest of the team picks them up.