BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama-Birmingham shut out the Tulane baseball team 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field, sending the Green Wave to its first winless series on the road since 2009 season.
Blazers reliever Thomas Lowery (5-2) allowed just two hits in 6.1 innings, striking out five and walking one.
He came in after starter Ben Bullard had to leave the game with an injury in the second inning.
Poor fielding plagued Tulane (21-28, 8-17 Conference USA). UAB (34-16, 19-8) scored twice in the bottom of the second, including one unearned run.
Green Wave starting pitcher Tyler Mapes allowed back-to-back singles to Mitch Williams and Ivan De Jesus, and both moved up on a sacrifice bunt.
After Adam Smith walked to load the bases, Chase Davis sent a chopper up the middle to bring in a run, but an error by shortstop Steven Alemais while attempting to turn a double play allowed another run to score on the play.
Tulane managed only four hits, led by third baseman Hunter Hope, who was 2-for-3. First baseman Garrett Deschamp and catcher Jake Rogers each had a hit.
The Green Wave had two hits in the top of the second off Bullard. But midway through freshman Lex Kaplan’s at-bat with two runners on, Bullard had to leave the game, bringing Lowery out of the bullpen.
Mapes (5-5) took the loss. He allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out five.
Tulane was last swept on the road in a three-game series when they lost three to Rice in April 2009.
The Green Wave will close out the season against Florida International on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Turchin Stadium. The first two games will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Saturday’s start at 1 p.m.
All three games will be broadcast on WRBH-FM, 88.3, and Thursday game will be shown on CST.