KENNESAW, Ga. ---- UAB reached double-digit hits for the seventh time in eight games, but Kennesaw State used a five-run bottom of the fifth to defeat the Blazers, 7-3, on Tuesday night at Stillwell Stadium.
"The No. 1 predictor of a win is a big inning, no matter whose side it is on. We threw a bunt away and walked a guy and that loaded the bases for a real home run threat (Ronnie Freeman)," head coach Brian Shoop said.
UAB (12-5) led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth before Kennesaw State (9-7) batted around scoring five times, four of which came home on a grand slam from catcher Ronnie Freeman. The Owls would hold the lead the rest of the ball game.
Michael Busby started for the Blazers and logged the first 3.0 innings, holding KSU scoreless and striking out a pair. It was the first start for Busby since Feb. 26 vs. Ball State.
"It was good to have Michael (Busby) back and that he could taste the mound again and work back into it. We are going to need him, so that is encouraging," Shoop said.
UAB scored first off a ringing RBI double by Keith DePew in the top of the second.
That lead would extend to 3-0 in the fourth, when Ryan Ussery roped one of his two doubles on the evening into the right-field corner to plate a run. Jacob German hit a RBI ground out for the second run of the frame for the Blazers.
KSU notched its first run in the bottom of the fourth prior to the five-run fifth, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Of UAB's 10 hits, Tanner Bryant, Jeff Schalk and Ryan Ussery each recorded a pair.
UAB reliever Tyler Johnson (0-1) was tagged with the loss, while the Owls' Zak Griffith (1-1) pitched 3.0 scoreless frames to earn his first win of the season.