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Blazers Burn Diamond Niners 12-2 on Saturday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Visiting UAB put up 12 runs over a four-inning span to cruise to a 12-2 victory over Charlotte in Conference USA baseball action on Saturday afternoon. The Blazers will look for a series-sweep on Sunday after picking up their fifth-straight win on Saturday.

After the Blazers did their damage in innings three through six, the Niners would tally their two in the seventh mounting a two-out rally. Brett Lang would pick up an infield single and move to third on Zach Jarrett’s double off the wall in left. Three pitches later, Jordan Hudson would drop a base hit into center to pick up a pair of RBI accounting for Charlotte’s two runs.

Charlotte (14-28-1, 6-16 C-USA) would post nine hits on the day with Hudson collecting two along with Derek Gallello and Grant Dunnegan, but would surrender new season-highs in runs (12) and hits (16) to UAB in the loss.

UAB (29-16, 15-8 C-USA) got things going with a five-run third using five hits and a pair of Niner errors. Griffin Gum would start a string of five-straight hits for UAB to begin the one-out rally with Nathan Vincent and Ivan DeJesus picking up the first two UAB RBI. The two Charlotte errors would come into play midway through the frame becoming two more Blazer runs while Matt Morse picked up the final run batted in during the third reaching on a fielding error at short.

Vincent’s fielder’s choice in the fourth would make it a 6-0 UAB lead before a Tyler Mims solo home run to left and Ryan Prinzing RBI single tacked on two more in the fifth. UAB’s final blow would come in a four-run sixth as Adam Smith and Chase Davis recorded RBI singles while a wild pitch and Gum groundout accounted for the final Blazer runs of the afternoon.

Gum and Morse would each lead the Blazers with a 3-for-5 afternoon. Prinzing, Mims and Jeff Schalk would each collect two hits as UAB wins their fifth-straight contest. Alex Luna (6-0) remained perfect on the year after tossing a four-hit shutout through his 6.1 innings of work with five strikeouts. Brandon Vogler would hold UAB to just one hit with a pair of strikeouts over the final three innings of work for Charlotte.

The third and final game of the weekend set will take place at 1:00 p.m. Sunday as RHP Brock Hudgens (2-4, 3.32) gets the start for Charlotte. UAB will counter with RHP Johnny Lieske (3-2, 2.55) as live stats/video will be available through Tickets for the Sunday matinee are available online by clicking HERE or by calling 704-687-4949. In-game updates will also be provided on Twitter following @NinerBaseball, @49erGameDay and/or @Charlotte49ers.

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