Feb. 19, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball team (3-7) played its sixth extra-inning game of the season and went head-to-head with South Alabama (7-1) for 11 innings, but fell to the No. 19 Jaguars, 2-1, at the UAB softball field on Wednesday.
The 11-inning marathon marks the third-straight game in extra innings for UAB, and the fourth time the Blazers have played nine or more innings this season. Wednesday’s contest also marked the most innings played by UAB since May 19, 2013 when the Blazers defeated UCLA, 3-2, in 13 innings to win the NCAA Louisville Regional.
“We’ve played 10 games but in reality we’ve played about 13 games,” head coach Marla Townsend said. “We’re so proud of the way these girls came out and fought and battled. We didn’t execute and score in some situations, but our defense played lights out. Obviously when it comes down to it, we gave up a freebie – a walk and then have an error up the middle. That’s going to score a run.”
UAB took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning with Leigh Streetman in the circle. Following a fly out to right from USA’s Kaitlyn Griffith, Chloe Rathburn doubled down the line in left field. Streetman would record the second out when Alex Breeden popped out to Caitlin Attfield at shortstop, but the Jaguars answered with two outs and one on. Amanda Minahan doubled to right-center field to tie the game at 1-1 as UAB senior Lannah Campbell entered the circle to record the final out of the Jaguars’ seventh.
In the Jaguars’ top half of the 11th, Griffith advanced to second after being hit by a pitch and scored on a throwing error by Attfield at short to cap the scoring. UAB sent Megan McGrath, Hayley Davis and Ashley Johnson to the plate in the 11th, but couldn’t plate a run to drop the 2-1 decision.
UAB’s Campbell (0-3) was tagged with the loss after tossing 4.1 innings of work, while USA pitcher Farish Beard (4-1) got the win in relief for the Jags. Streetman got the start for UAB and tossed 6.2 innings of work and allowed just the one earned run on five hits and struck out six. Campbell allowed just three hits and the unearned run and struck out two.
“We had opportunities early on but failed to execute, but all in all I am extremely proud of the way we played,” Townsend said. “I think (Leigh) Streetman and (Lannah) Campbell pitched a great combination game. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to get back out there Tuesday. This team has something special. The record may not reflect it, but I love where we’re at.”
UAB will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in a 6 p.m. contest against No. 8 Alabama at the UAB softball field following a weekend off.
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