UAB defeats Nicholls State and Arkansas in the opening round of the Centenary College Tournament
Feb. 17, 2006
SHREVEPORT, La. --- UAB sophomore Holly Krzan hit two grand slams and set a new school record with eight RBI against Nicholls State to highlight the Blazers at the Centenary College Tournament Friday at the Centenary Softball Complex. The Blazers remain undefeated at 2-0 after defeating Nicholls State in the opening game, 11-5, and run-ruling Arkansas, 9-1.
"Today really helped us build our confidence and we know how to win," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "Amanda Antonovich stepped out against Arkansas and kept them guessing all day. They didn't know what they were going to see and were never able to get their timing down. Offensively, hitting is contagious and we've showed that today. We were able to get extra base hits and score runs. Our base running was the best I've seen. We are excited about today and look forward to the rest of the tournament"
In game one, Nicholls State took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Amy Thibodeaux hit her first of two home runs. UAB wasted little time before storming back in the bottom of the second.
The Blazers exploded for five runs on three hits in the second inning to lead, 5-2. With two outs and two on, junior Lindsay Stanley walked to load the bases for senior Chelsea McCall. McCall followed with a fielder's choice up the middle that allowed the Blazers to push across a run. With bases load, Krzan went deep over the right field fence for her first grand slam. The shot gave UAB a 5-2 advantage through two innings.
The Lady Colonels tied the game in the top of the third inning on a three-run home run by Thibodeaux. She went 2-for-4 in the game with two runs and five RBI.
UAB broke a 5-5 tie in the home half of the fourth inning after Davis reached on an error to leadoff. Stanley recorded a bunt single to push Davis to second with no outs. McCall followed with a single up the middle to load the bases for Krzan. She then blasted her second grand slam of the game to put the Blazers up 10-5.
Harris improved to 1-0 on the year in her first collegiate appearance. She threw seven innings against the Lady Colonels allowing just nine hits and recording five strikeouts. She also went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
The Blazers were impressive offensively scoring 11 runs on nine hits. Krzan led the Blazers at the plate going 2-for-3 with two runs and eight RBI. McCall and Nicole Whitlock both had three hits as well.
UAB continued its offensive production in game two against Arkansas. The Blazers managed nine runs on 10 hits and run-ruled the Lady Razorbacks in five innings.
Against Arkansas (1-6), Antonovich led the way. She pitched five complete innings allowing just two hits and one run while striking out six. At the plate, she went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Both teams started off the game with a run in the opening frame but it was the Blazers offensive that opened the gap in the third inning. McCall led off with a single to left field and was sacrificed to second by Krzan on the next play. Rogers followed Krzan with a walk putting runners at first and second with one out. Leigh Walker walked to load the bases for Antonovich, who came up big with a two RBI single to center. Walker scored the final run on a single to left by freshman Jacy Leon.
UAB continued to dominate putting five more runs on the board in the fourth inning. The Blazers went ahead 9-1 after Rogers, Whitlock and Leon all picked up RBI's.
McCall went 2-for-2 in the game and scored three runs. Leon made her first career start at first base and went 2-for-2 with three RBI.
The Blazers are scheduled to continue the Centenary College Tournament Saturday against Alcorn State and Centenary. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.