Top Performers: Week 1
DBU freshman matches record; Cal Poly's Imhof tosses gem
"It feels great to come out here and have fun with the guys," Bennett said. "I'm just trying to stay relaxed and hit the ball hard."
For the weekend, the DBU freshman hit an astounding .786 (11-for-14), collected 13 RBI, and delivered seven doubles. Over the course of three games, Duzenack went 7-for-10 with runners in scoring position, including a perfect 3-for-3 with the bases loaded. He also compiled an .824 on base percentage and racked up 18 total bases.
The junior southpaw allowed just two singles and three walks in seven innings against the Wildcats, an NCAA Super Regional team in 2013. Imhof retired the side in order twice, struck out the side twice and recorded two strikeouts in three other innings. He allowed two runners to reach second base.
He combined with freshman lefty Thomas Lowery for a one-hitter on Friday night. Mallard set a career-high with 13 strikeouts, which all were swinging. He was two shy of the UAB program record, as well. In addition, Mallard became the first Blazer to record at least 10 strikeouts in a game since Alex Luna fanned 10 against Alabama State on April 24, 2013.
Null, who improved to 14-6 on the mound for the Purple & Gold, struck out seven of the first 13 batters he faced in the game with half of his 12 K's looking.
This marks the second-consecutive year that Null has recorded double-digit strikeouts in a season opener. Last spring, he tallied 13 punch outs against Washington State en route to garnering the first of two national player honors.