BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Johnny Lieske pitched 5.2 scoreless inning for the UAB Blazers and Chase Davis went4 for 4 to spark the series win against the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Lieske allowed only two hits and a walk while striking out four while Davis contributed a run scored, an RBI and a steal to the effort.
The Blazers jumped to an early lead on Red Wolves Junior starting pitcher Chandler Hawkins with four single in the home half of the first inning. The Blazer bats took charge as Davis led off the inning with a single up the middle and left fielder Ivan De Jesus’ singled to center.
A bunt single by designated hitter Ryan Prinzing would load the bases with no outs. First Baseman Jeff Schalk singled to left center scoring Davis and De Jesus giving UAB a 2-0 lead.
The Blazer staff would make those runs enough as three pitchers combined to allow five hits, three walks and only one run. Lieske had four strike outs and a walk. Freshman Thomas Lowery pitched three innings allowing three hits, two walks and an earned run before Sophomore Adam Lau recorded the final out for UAB.
Hawkins would settle in allowing only two more hits over the next three innings before being replaced by Sophomore Tanner Ring who pitched a scoreless fifth. Red shirt Senior Morgan Croft finished the game for the Red Wolves allowing a run and two hits over three innings of work.
UAB would add an insurance run in the eighth as Davis hit a two-out double that scored catcher Mitch Williams to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Red Wolves would finally get on the board in the ninth inning when Sophomore right fielder Kevin Fitzpatrick hit a two-out double and would score on a single by Junior second baseman Lucas Fedderson to cut the Blazer lead to two. Lau came on for the Blazers and got red shirt Senior Zach Maggio to ground out and end the game.
Red shirt Junior Zach George sat out the game so his hit streak remains intact at 13, but Stuart Levy went 0 for 2 to stop his streak at 11 games. Sophomore Austin Baker added to his team lead in steals with his sixth.
Arkansas State sends Sophomore righty David Owen to the mound in hopes of salvaging another Sunday contest to avoid a win-less weekend.