Feb. 25, 2006
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The UAB Softball team out-hit Bowling Green Saturday night but it wasn't enough as the Blazers fell, 6-3, to the Falcons at the Panera Bread Challenge. UAB falls to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in the tournament. With the win, BGSU remains undefeated at 4-0.
"We had a lot of opportunities today against two tough teams," said Blazer head coach Marla Townsend. "We are playing good defense and getting runners on. We need to get that big hit and score some runs. Tonight against Bowling Green we were able to out-hit them, 8-6, but we gave up a couple of home runs and a couple of walks. We also allowed some runs with two outs and we need to find a way to stop that. Overall, it was a great day because we got to come out here and play ball. We hit the ball and we are going to be a better team because of the situations we came through today."
UAB collected eight hit against BGSU and was led by senior Chelsea McCall, junior Allison Davis and freshman Andrea Rogers. McCall went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Davis and Rogers both had two hits. Rogers also had two RBI and a run scored.
Freshman Kayla Harris started for the Blazers in the circle. She pitched three innings allowing two runs on three hits. Junior Brittany Hodge came on in relief and also pitched three frames. Hodge took the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season. She allowed the Falcons four runs on three hits.
BGSU senior Gina Rango gave the Falcons their first lead of the game in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run to left field. Rango, who was the 2005 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs.
UAB took the lead in the top of the third inning with two runs. McCall led off the inning with a single up the middle. She advanced to second on a throwing error by the Falcons' catcher during the next at-bat. With no outs and a runner at second, Rogers laced a single to left field to score McCall. Rogers eventually scored on an RBI single by Leigh Walker.
The Falcons responded in the bottom of the third and tied the game on a Blazer error. UAB continued to battle pushing across a run in the fifth inning. McCall led off with another single and was sacrificed to second by Holly Krzan. Rogers came through again with a double to right-center to score McCall.
It was the bottom of the fifth inning that made the difference in the ballgame. With two outs and no runner's on-base, UAB gave up a solo home run by Rango. The Falcons continued to collect key hits and plated three more runs to take a 6-3 lead.
UAB could not overcome the deficit despite an opportunity in the seventh inning.
The Blazers will conclude the Panera Bread Challenge Sunday with two games against Miami (Ohio) and host Chattanooga. The Blazers are scheduled to face the RedHawks at 1:30 p.m. and UTC at 3:45 p.m. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.