After losing five straight conference games, and seven of their last nine, UAB baseball has their backs against the wall as they travel to Face La Tech this weekend.
La Tech is playing much better as of late with back-to-back series wins over Rice and Old Dominion. However, they are just a game ahead of UAB in the Conference USA standings.
If the Blazers want to get back in the race for the CUSA Tournament, they need to win two games this weekend.
The La Tech offense is very powerful with five guys batting over .300 led by Brent Diaz at .350. Chase Lunceford is hitting .310 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI.
Their pitching staff has been pretty good as well with a 4.11 ERA, which is second best in the conference.
Casey Sutton has been the team’s Friday night starter even though he has an ERA of 5.98 in 46.2 innings with just 20 strikeouts, while Cameron Linck has a 3.02 ERA in 41.2 innings with 30 strikeouts.
But Nate Harris is without a doubt the team’s best pitcher with a 4-0 record and a 1.02 ERA in 53 innings with 61 strikeouts.
Graham Ahlrich has been dominate out of the bullpen with a 1.98 ERA in 27.1 innings with 30 strikeouts.
As for UAB, the offense has started to come around with four guys hitting .280 or better, but the pitching has faltered in conference play. Of course, the pitching staff has had to deal with a lot of injuries.
To be quite honest, I don’t really trust anyone on the mound for the Blazers right now other than Thomas Lowery and Carson Jones. And even Jones has struggled a bit as of late, but bounced back with two scoreless innings in a win over Troy on Tuesday.
Tanner Graham looks to be getting healthy, and hopefully he can work a little deeper into his start this weekend.
The next win for UAB baseball will be coach Shoop’s 1,000 career win. Let’s hope the Blazers help him reach that milestone plus some this weekend.
Weekend Schedule: UAB (17-20, 5-10) at La Tech (25-13, 6-9)
Friday – Ruston, La. – 6 p.m. CT
Saturday – Ruston, La. – 2 p.m. CT
Sunday – Ruston, La. – 1 p.m. CT