UAB falls to No. 20 Auburn in home opener
Feb. 21, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB softball team was defeated by No. 20 Auburn, 8-0, Tuesday night in the home opener at George Ward Park. The Blazers take their first defeat of the season and fall to 2-1 on the year, while Auburn improves to 10-1.
"Holly Currie did a great job today but we should have taken advantage of some early strikes," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "We just didn't make the adjustments we needed to make. I guarantee we will become a very good adjusting team. This game will make us better in the long run. We wanted to face them early in the season. This makes us realize we still have a lot of work to do. They are one of the top hitting teams we will see. We have to learn that you can't allow runners to reach base with big sticks coming in behind them. The key is we have to limit our mistakes."
Junior Lindsay Stanley led the way for the Blazers after going 1-for-3. Stanley has now hit safely in every game this season. Junior Nicole Whitlock and freshman Andrea Rogers both had hits in the game as well.
Auburn pitcher Holly Currie threw seven complete innings allowing just three hits and striking out 13 batters. With the win, she improves to 6-0 on the season.
Offensively, the Tigers managed eight runs on nine hits with five of the runs scored coming off of home runs.
Auburn jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second after Starr Dorsey doubled to left center to score Ashley Griffin. The Tigers plated two more in the third inning on a two-run home run by Kristina McCain.
The game remained 3-0 until the top of the sixth, when Sara Ghezzi hit a two-run shot over the right field fence. Auburn picked up three more runs in the ninth including a solo homer by Ashley Arcuri.
UAB freshman Kayla Harris (1-1) took the loss for the Blazers. Harris pitched six innings allowing seven hits and six runs. Sophomore Amanda Antonovich came on in relief in the seventh inning and allowed two runs on two hits.
The Blazers will travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend to compete in the Panera Bread Challenge hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.