BIRMINGHAM, AL -
The UAB baseball team suffered a 2-0 setback in its series finale against No. 29 FIU on Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. Despite the loss, UAB won its fourth consecutive Conference USA three-game series, dating back to last season.
“It’s amazing and a credit to our pitching staff that we scored two runs on the weekend and won two games,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “It’s amazing and almost impossible to do. I am grateful that we pitched and defended well this weekend.”
UAB (19-9, 6-3) recorded eight hits on the day, but could not break through for any runs. It marked the first time UAB had been shutout since March 22, 2013 against UCF.
“I actually thought our bats were good today,” added Shoop. “We had them with runners in scoring position. We made some pretty good runs at them late. The ball just didn’t fall. I thought Johnny was plenty good enough to win for us.”
Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Johnny Lieske went 6.1 innings, allowed two earned runs, scattered eight hits, struck out three, and walked three in his first loss of the 2014 season. Freshman left-handed pitcher Thomas Lowery pitched well in relief, facing the minimum in the final two innings of the contest.
FIU freshman right-handed pitcher Christopher Mourelle recorded his fifth victory of the year on Sunday afternoon. Conference USA’s leader in ERA allowed six hits, fanned three, and walked one in 5.1 innings pitched.