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May 1, 1998: UAB President Dr. W. Ann Reynolds announces that the university will add women's fastpitch softball for the 1999-2000 academic year.

August 9, 1998: Athletic Director Gene Bartow announces the hiring of Marla Townsend, former head coach at Pelham High School, as UAB's first fastpitch head coach.

Feb. 8, 2000: UAB plays its first intercollegiate game against Auburn University, losing 7-3.

Feb. 12, 2000: UAB earns the program's first, beating Samford University 2-0. It also marked the first home game played at George Ward Park.

April 7, 2002: Pitcher Megan Stephenson pitches ten scoreless innings, striking out ten as the Blazers beat UNC-Charlotte 1-0.

May 11, 2002: UAB advances to its first ever Conference USA championship game on Sara Christophel's first-career home run. It was the first ever home run to advance a team to the championship game in C-USA tournament play.

2002: Head coach Marla Townsend named Conference USA Coach of the Year. The Blazers win a record 39 games, a 23-win improvement from the program's first season. It's the first 30-plus win season for the Blazers, and the first time a season was finished with a .500 record or better.

Feb. 14, 2003: The Blazers defeat the eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 6-5. It is the first time the Blazers have defeated a top 25 team.

March 8, 2003: Coach Marla Townsend earns her 100th victory as head coach of the Blazers with an 11-8 win over Samford.

Feb. 25, 2007: Head coach Marla Townsend earns her 200th victory as a coach and as a coach of the Blazers. The 2-1 victory over USF came in the championship game of the USF "The Game" Tournament.

 
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