BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB completed a three-game sweep of SIUE baseball taking both ends of a double header Saturday at Regions Field.
The Cougars dropped game one 5-3 before falling 13-5 in the nightcap. The Cougars are 0-3. UAB is 3-0.
"Overall for the weekend, we learned a lot about our team," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "There are a lot of positives we are going to take from the weekend and work to get better."
The Cougars took a 3-0 lead with a three-run second inning in game one. Brock Weimer, Brady Bunten and Brendan Ryan all collected RBI-hits in the inning and the Cougars had a chance for more, loading the bases with one out but failing to add another run.
"We had them on the ropes," Lyons said. "But we let it get away."
The Blazers answered with two runs each in the third and fifth innings. UAB added a final run in the sixth for the 5-3 final.
Weimer finished 3 for 4 with the RBI to lead SIUE.
"Brock Weimer had a great day at the plate," Lyons said. "Everything he hit was hit on the barrel." Lyons noted that Weimer caught all 27 innings of the weekend series and was very good defensively as well.
Centerfielder Jess Davis was 2 for 4 with three RBIs for UAB.
Freshman Cameron Prayer started on the mound for SIUE and worked 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked only one.
"Cameron has a poise and confidence about him," Lyons said of the freshman. "He was not afraid of the moment."
Chris Robinson (0-1) took the loss in relief. He allowed a two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out one. Fellow freshman Adam Drewry worked two scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out two.
The Cougars enjoyed a three-run inning again in the second game, scoring three times on three hits in the sixth inning. Jack Rigoni, Bunten and Ryan each had RBIs in the frame which brought the Cougars within one at 6-5.
The guys kind of changed their approach in that inning," Lyons said. "They made up their minds to get some hits and get some guys on base. It was good to see."
The Blazers scored twice more in the sixth to go up 8-5 before breaking the game open with a five-run eighth inning.
For the second straight game, Davis paced the Blazers at the plate. He was 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the second game.
SIUE starter David Llorens fell to 0-1 with the loss in game two. He allowed four runs over four innings, though none of them were earned. Llorens struck out two.
"David was solid," Lyons said. "He had to work in and out of some jams."
Five pitchers worked for UAB in game two. Tyler O'Clair gave up a run in two innings of relief and was credited with the win. Ryan Wesson worked the final 3 1/3 innings scoreless and earned a save.
SIUE returns to the road next weekend for a three-game series at Louisiana-Monroe.