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May 12, 2014

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UAB’s Mallard earns 4th C-USA honor of 2014

BIRMINGHAM — UAB senior Chase Mallard was named the Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday, becoming the first player to earn such honors four times in a single season since Houston’s Brad Lincoln in 2006.

The Cullman High product tossed a complete game two-hit shutout last Friday against Tulane. It marked his second complete game shutout and third shutout he’s been a part of in 2014. He kept all runners off the basepaths until allowing a walk in the fifth and gave up singles in the seventh and ninth innings. Mallard, who touts a nation-best quality start streak of 15, struck out five, walked two and hit one batter in his latest gem.

The hurler owns a 9-1 record and 1.12 earned run average on the year. Mallard currently leads the league in ERA and opposing batting average (.178). His nine victories in a single season rank second in program history. Mallard also eclipsed the 200-strikeout plateau for his career last Friday, the third Blazer in program history to do so.

“You’re almost dumbfounded how a guy can be that good, over and over and over,” UAB coach Brian Shoop said in a press release. “He doesn’t have the best fastball in America. Maybe there is a better slider. But nobody, I don’t think, is doing what he is doing every single time out. You’re almost at a loss for words for how good he has been.”

UAB will be back in action Tuesday in a mid-week tilt at Auburn, the home of freshman Keegan Thompson, another former Bearcat baseball standout. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

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