UAB blanks Salukis 1-0 to even series

    Matt Murphy allowed one unearned run off one hit and took the loss.

    Matt Murphy allowed one unearned run off one hit and took the loss.
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    Feb. 16, 2013

    Box Score

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - SIU's bats went cold in a 1-0 loss to UAB on a blustery Saturday afternoon that featured brief snow flurries at Young Memorial Field. Southern (1-1) managed just four hits against the Blazers (1-1) in the game and did not have a baserunner reach third base.

    "It was a tough day to hit with the wind blowing in and cold temperatures, but that's no excuse," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said.

    UAB scored the only run of the day, an unearned run, in the bottom of the sixth inning against Matt Murphy in his first inning of relief when Tanner Bryant singled home Tyler Mims from third base.

    Mims was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He advanced to third when Jeff Schalk hit a weak grounder to third base. Cody Daily charged in to field it, but his throw sailed high.

    "It was a mental error," Henderson said. "That ball was hit so slowly that he needed to throw to first immediately and not look to second. By the time he did, he had to rush it. That happens, and we'll learn from that."

    However, Murphy avoided further damage in the inning when Jacob German hit a potential sacrifice fly to medium right field, and Austin Montgomery gunned down Schalk at the plate for a double play.

    It was Murphy's only inning, and he took the loss in his first relief appearance of the year.

    Blazers starter James Naile pitched six scoreless innings and held SIU to three singles to earn the win. He struck out two and induced 11 groundball outs. 

    "We didn't barrel up many balls," Henderson said. "We didn't take many good approaches at the plate. We have good hitters, and they're going to hit, but I'm disappointed because I'd expect us to be further along than this."

    Saluki starter Cody Forsythe was just as effective as Naile. He threw five scoreless innings in a no-decision. The senior allowed six hits and successfully escaped a few minor jams, stranding seven runners in the process.

    "I'm proud of Cody," Henderson said. "He left a 0-0 game and gave us a great chance. We certainly pitched well enough to win."

    Anthony Shimkus pitched the final two innings for SIU. He allowed just one hit and two walks. He allowed a lead off single in the seventh but got out of it with a double play.

    UAB stranded 11 runners in the game. Through the first two games of the series, the Blazers have scored in only two innings.

    Southern will look to rebound to win the series in the finale on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. with lefty Derek Fogel on the mound for SIU.