Feb. 24, 2006
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The UAB Softball team improved to 4-1 on the year after defeating East Tennessee State, 13-3, and run-ruling Belmont, 8-0, Friday at the Panera Bread Challenge hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Blazers dominated offensively scoring 21 runs on 26 hits including two triples.
UAB and ESTU played scoreless softball for nearly three innings before the Blazers scored three runs in the top of the third inning to break the tie. Freshman Andrea Rogers and sophomores Holly Kran led the way. Both recorded hits in the inning allow with Leigh Walker.
The bats came alive again in the fifth inning for UAB. Krzan led off with a double to left field, and then Rogers was hit by a pitch to put two runners on-base for Nicole Whitlock. Whitlock followed with a hot shot to the shortstop but Krzan was called out on fielder's interference. Walker continued the offensive showcase with a double down the left field line to score Rogers and Whitlock.
UAB continued to hit the ball in the final two innings. The Blazers posted seven runs on six hits to defeat the Lady Bucs,
Offensively, the Blazers were led by junior Lindsay Stanley, who went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Krzan had two hits including two runs and an RBI. Rogers and Walker both had break out games. Rogers went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI while Walker scored twice and knocked in three RBI after picking up three hits against ESTU pitching.
Junior Brittany Hodge improved to 1-0 on the year after pitching a complete game allowing three runs on seven hits. Hodge battled in the circle, striking out six and only giving up three walks in seven innings of work.
In the evening match up against Belmont, UAB jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Stanley led off the inning with a bunt single then proceeded to steal second during the next at-bat. With one out, Krzan came to the plate and drove a single to center field to score Stanley for the first run of the game. Krzan went 3-for-3 in the nightcap with two runs and three RBI.
UAB added two more runs in the third inning on two hits and an ESTU error. The Blazers were in total command of the entire game and sealed the victory in the fourth inning. UAB posted a four run spot in the home half of the fourth to extend its lead to 7-0.
In the fourth, UAB led off with three straight infield singles including back-to-back bunt singles by Stanley and Chelsea McCall. Krzan forced across a run after she was hit by a pitch setting the stage for Rogers. With bases loaded, Rogers and Whitlock had back-to-back singles to score three runs.
The final run for the Blazers came in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI triple by Krzan.
At the plate, Stanley went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. McCall had two singles in four trips with a run. Eight of the nine Blazers in the lineup had at least one hit.
Sophomore Jennifer Nelson picked up the win after pitching four scoreless innings striking out two. Nelson faced 15 batters and did not allow a single walk. Freshman Kayla Harris pitched the final inning and slammed the door on the Bruins to ensure the Blazers victory.
The Panera Bread Challenge continues Saturday with two scheduled games against Virginia and Bowling Green. The Blazers face the Cavaliers at 10 a.m. ET at Jim Frost Stadium and will take on the Falcons at 4:45 p.m. ET at Hargraves Field. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.