After Marshall's outburst, UAB answered quickly in the top of the second as a bases-loaded walk to DeJesus and a Tyler Mims two-run single highlighted a four-run inning that put the Blazers up 6-4 after just an inning and a half. UAB (11-15, 1-3) was never in real danger again in earning its first Conference USA win of the season.
The top of the lineup told the story for both sides as UAB's 1-through-4 hitters combined for seven hits, seven runs scored, and five RBIs while Marshall's first four batters totaled just two hits.
"We had opportunities early in the game and our offense could've put up more runs," Waggoner said. "We rolled over with runners in scoring position and didn't get the job done there either. From both ends, we didn't play our best. The great thing is, that's game one and there's two more and it's about winning the series. We've got to come out [today] and play to our ability."
Chase Mallard picked up the win in relief for the Blazers, tossing the final 71/3 innings and giving up just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Starter Tanner Bryant was tagged for five runs on three hits and three walks in 12/3 innings.
The original schedule called for single games today and Sunday, but the Herd and UAB will play a doubleheader today due to forecasts of foul weather on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
While the Herd staff as a whole may have struggled on Friday, the numbers would point to better pitching in both games of a doubleheader today. Staff ace Aaron Blair (3-1, 2.83 ERA) will get the ball for the first game today and freshman Michael Taylor (3-1, 1.45 ERA) will start the second game.
"They're going to go out and give us everything they've got and compete," Waggoner said. "They'll give us an opportunity to win the game and that's all you can ask for.
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