Megan McGrath homered to center field in UAB's first game of the day as the Blazers dropped two contests to ranked opponents at Getterman Stadium.
Feb. 14, 2014
WACO, Texas – The UAB softball team dropped its opening game of the Getterman Classic, 8-1, to No. 18 Missouri, and fought back in nine innings against No. 14 Baylor, but fell to the Bears, 4-2, in a thriller to close the opening day of competition at Getterman Stadium.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Lannah Campbell and Baylor’s Whitney Canion as the teams played to a 1-1 tie from the second inning through the eighth. In Baylor’s half of the eighth inning with the bases loaded for the Bears, Lindsey Cargill sent a fly ball to UAB center fielder Amy Waters. Waters fielded the fly for the second out of the inning, and fired home to Ashley Johnson who was waiting for the double play to send the game into nine innings.
UAB followed in the top of the ninth with a response and scored its second run of the game when Caitlin Attfield laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Waters came around to score from second (international tiebreaker rule) on an error by the Baylor second baseman.
Baylor answered in the bottom of the ninth when Clare Hosack homered to left field to plate three Bears runs and give No. 14 Baylor the 4-2 win. Campbell tossed 8.1 innings in the circle for UAB and gave up 10 hits, two earned runs and struck out one. Hayley Davis and Kristen McGrath each picked up hits for UAB, while Hosack finished 3-for-4 for Baylor.
Baylor’s Whitney Canion threw nine innings of work for the Bears and struck out 13 Blazers, allowing just two hits and one earned run.
In game one against No. 18 Missouri, the Tigers struck early with three runs in the first and never looked back. Angela Randazzo hit a two-run home run to left field and Sami Fagan picked up an RBI. Casey Stangel added a run in the fourth while Fagan scored the fifth run in the fifth. Missouri went on to score three runs over the final two innings to top UAB, 8-1 in the Blazers’ first game of the Getterman Classic.
Leigh Streetman tossed four innings of work and gave up four hits and four runs. She was tagged with the loss, while Cara Goodwin threw three innings and Madison Hir made her UAB debut and tossed the game’s final inning.
The Blazers picked up their lone run of the game in the seventh when Megan McGrath sent a deep shot to center field for her first home run of the season. She finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Heather Pearson and Hayley Davis picked up UAB’s other two hits.
Missouri had three players finish with two RBI as Tori Finucane got the win for the Tigers in the circle. She tossed five innings of work and totaled three hits and struck out three.
UAB will be back in action Saturday morning from the Getterman Classic with a 10 a.m. CT game against Drake at Getterman Stadium. Following their contest with the Bulldogs, the Blazers will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Southwestern Region Little League Complex at 12:30 p.m. CT.
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