UAB baseball scored 19 runs in its 3-game series with Western Kentucky this weekend and took the series two games to one.

That’s the most runs UAB has scored since its opening weekend sweep over Creighton when they scored 22 runs.

Brewer Hicklen continues carrying a hot bat as he was 5-12 on the weekend with 2 home runs, 6 runs scored, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 1 double, 1 triple and 3 stolen bases. He’s now 20th in Conference USA with a .352 batting average after getting out to a slow start. And he leads the conference with 8 stolen bases.

Not to be out-done, Carter Pharis continued his hot hitting as well going 7-12 in the series with 1 run scored, 6 RBI, 1 walk, 1 double and a stolen base.

As a team, UAB had 27 hits in the entire series to go along with 13 walks. If they keep getting on base at that clip they’ll continue to score runs.


Tyler Tolbert Earns Starting Job

Coach Shoop has been going back-and-forth with Blake Johnson and Tyler Tolbert at second base this year, but I think he’s finally found his guy.

Tolbert started at second in all three games this past weekend and even batted leadoff. He was just 3-13 at the plate, but every time he gets on base he puts pressure on the defense with his speed.

Plus, he’s been outstanding defensively at second base all year, and that’s what is most important for UAB baseball since it relies heavily on its pitching and defense.


Final Thoughts on WKU Series

Because it was a road series I’m happy with getting two wins, but this really should have been a sweep. WKU is not a very good team, and we have to take advantage of those series because there are a lot of really good teams in Conference USA.

If you would have told me we’d give Garrett Whitlock 6 runs of support I would have thought that game would be an easy win. But the sophomore didn’t have it on Saturday morning and gave up 8 runs (7 earned).

I think had it not been the first game of a double-header coach Shoop would have gone to the bullpen earlier, but it is what it is. Whitlock probably shouldn’t have gone back out for the seventh, and definitely shouldn’t have been left in so long, but that’s what happens in a double-header situation.

Overall, it was a good series win for UAB baseball to open up conference play. And hopefully the offense is reaching its stride and will continue to hit the ball well and score runs.


Looking Ahead

UAB baseball will host Alabama on Tuesday night at Regions Field, so you don’t want to miss that one. The Crimson Tide were swept at home over the weekend by Missouri — who has now won 19 straight games.

Alabama baseball has a new coach this year and is still very young; therefore they are not very good.

UAB is just 2-3 in midweek games this year with both wins coming in a double-header against Alabama A&M. We really need to go after this win at home.

This is a game that we should win, and its one we really need to win. UAB is just 1-3 against SEC teams thus far, with just three opportunities left including Tuesday’s game. If they want to have any chance of earning at at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, which I understand is a long shot at this point, they need to win two of their next three against SEC teams.

After Tuesday’s contest with Alabama, the Blazers will host the red hot Owls of Florida Atlantic over the weekend. They’ve won nine of their last 10, including a sweep of Middle Tennessee this past weekend.

This will be a pretty difficult week for UAB, but at least they are at home for all four games. I’m hoping for a 3-1 week, but I’ll be satisfied with 2-2.