Baseball Drops Game Two at UAB, 4-0

Alex Frey (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Alex Frey (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Birmingham, Ala. -- UAB starter Chase Mallard held the Youngstown State baseball team to one hit in 7.1 innings, and the Blazers beat the Penguins 4-0 in game two of the three-game series on Saturday at Regions Field.

Mallard, who did not allow a hit over seven innings in his first start of the season, finally lost his no-hit bid on Jason Shirley's infield single to lead off the eighth inning. He walked Jake Ross in the second inning, and he hit two batters in the sixth. That was the first time that YSU got a runner in scoring position against the UAB senior starter. Mallard struck out nine batters, including fanning the side in the first and fifth innings. Cory Eller did not allow a hit in his 1.1 innings of relief.

YSU starter Brendon Shoemake allowed three runs in 4.1 innings in his Penguins debut, and YSU's bullpen did not allow an earned run in 3.2 innings.

UAB's Chase Davis hit Shoemake's first pitch of the game up the middle for a single, and he advanced to second on a slow ground out to third. Ryan Prinzing followed with an opposite field single to left to plate Davis for the game's first run, and Shoemake got out of the inning with a 4-6-3 double play.

Shoemake worked around a pair of two-out walks in the second, and he got out of the third when shortstop Brent Gillespie recovered from a bobble to throw out Ivan De Jesus at the plate. Shoemake struggled with his command with one out in the fifth when he walked a batter and hit the next two. Prinzing followed with his second RBI single of the game, and Griffin Gum put the Blazers up 3-0 on a sacrifice fly.

The final run of the game was unearned, and it came in the sixth when Matt Morse singled in Tyler Mims.

Alex Frey did not allow a run in 1.1 innings of relief, and Ryan Smith pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his YSU debut.

The Penguins and Blazers will play the series finale on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern.