Mallard hurls gem as UAB baseball defeats Tulane, 1-0
From the University of Alabama at Birmingham Athletics Department:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Mallard threw a complete game two-hit shutout tolead the UAB baseball team to a 1-0 win against Tulane on Friday night at Young Memorial Field. With the victory, UAB matched the program record for conference wins in a season (17) and most wins (32) under head coach Brian Shoop during his tenure as the Blazers' coach.
Mallard put together his second complete game shutout of the year against Conference USA-foe Tulane (21-26, 8-15). The Cullman, Ala. native did not allow a base runner until the fifth inning, via a walk. Mallard gave up two singles, one coming in the seventh and the other in the ninth, struck out five, walked two, and hit one batter on the night.
"You're almost dumbfounded how a guy can be that good, over and over and over," Shoop said. "He's doing things I don't think remember seeing him done. He doesn't have the best fastball in America. Maybe there is a better slider, but nobody, I don't think, is doing what he is doing every single time out. You're almost at a loss for words for how good he has been."
Mallard improved to 9-1 on the season and holds a 1.12 ERA. His nine wins in a single season rank second in program history. In addition, Mallard eclipsed the 200-strikeout plateau on his career on Friday night. With 201 career strikeouts, the senior-right handed pitcher becomes the third pitcher in program history to join the 200-strikeout club.
UAB (32-16, 17-8) scored its only run of the game in interesting fashion. Tulane freshman right-handed pitcher Corey Merrill wasequally as good on the mound, pitching 7.0 shutout innings before being pulled for the eighth inning.
Junior outfielder Chase Davis earned a leadoff walk off Green Wave sophomore right-handed pitcher Tim Yandel in the bottom of the eighth. Senior designated hitter Ryan Prinzing then executed a sacrifice bunt. The bunt moved Davis over, but no one was covering third. A heads-up play by Davis, the Montgomery, Ala. native made a dash for third. Tulane junior first baseman Tyler Wilson made an accurate throw to get Davis at third, but no one was there on the receiving end and Davis went around to score.
"They left third base open," added Shoop. "It was really good for Chase to see it, come, force their hand, and the ball was thrown away. The only run that scores tonight is on an error. Their guy was great, Chase was great."
Redshirt junior catcher Tyler Mims, junior first baseman Jeff Schalk, and redshirt sophomore outfielder Griffin Gum were the only Blazers to record hits on the night. Mims was a perfect 1-for-1, drawing two walks, as well.
The UAB baseball team looks to clinch the three-game series against Tulane on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Prior to the contest, UAB will recognize its seven seniors for their contributions to the program.