Feb. 27, 2006
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ----- The UAB softball team was defeated by Miami (Ohio) Sunday, 7-3, after the Blazers had rallied from a 3-0 deficit. The defeat dropped the Blazers' record to 4-4 this season.
In the contest Sunday against the RedHawks, UAB played catch-up for the majority of the game but could not overcome four runs late.
The RedHawks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Kimberly Williams started the rally with a single up the middle with one out. Alexis Javier followed with a base hit to center field to put runners at first and second with one out. Halle Popson came to the plate with two outs and two on and hit a three-run home run over the scoreboard in right field.
UAB cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a solo home run by Leigh Walker. It was her first of the season and fourth of her career. Walker went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the game.
Sophomore Holly Krzan came up big for the Blazers in the sixth inning after junior Lindsay Stanley reached safely on a bunt single. Krzan then hit a triple over the head of the RedHawks center fielder. Stanley scored on the play and Krzan advanced home on a throwing error by the center fielder. The two runs tied the game at 3-3 with an inning remaining.
Despite UAB taking control of the momentum, Miami managed to collect six straight singles and push across four runs in its final at bat to take a 7-3 advantage. UAB could not respond, going down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Junior Brittany Hodge took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the year. Hodge pitched three innings and allowed four runs on six hits after coming on in relief for starter Jennifer Nelson. Nelson got the no decision after throwing four innings and giving up three runs on five hits.
At the plate, the Blazers collected four hits and were led by Walker and Krzan. Krzan went 1-for-3 on the day with an RBI and run scored. UAB junior Nicole Whitlock
and Stanley recorded the other hits.
UAB is scheduled to face Chattanooga in the final game of the Panera Bread Challenge at 3:45 p.m. ET. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.