Feb. 27, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB softball's bats were hot Sunday afternoon as the Blazers tallied 11 hits en route to a 6-0 win over Alabama State in their Magic City Classic finale at UAB Softball Field.
The Green and Gold went a perfect 4-0 at the Magic City Classic, defeating Radford, Stephen F. Austin, Eastern Illinois and Alabama State by a combined score of 18-5. Shortstop Kayla Orr was named MVP Player of the tournament after hitting .500 with six hits, three runs and six RBI. Center fielder Caley Walden was tabbed to the all-tournament team with a .400 batting average with three runs and six total bases.
Orr led UAB offensively against Alabama State, going 2-for-2 with one run and two RBI. Orr was one of three Blazers to blast a home run against the Hornets, with Anna Kimbrell and Megan McGrath also jacking home runs.
"I think it's a great win today," UAB head coach Marla Townsend said. "Alisha pitched an outstanding game and was less than inch from a perfect game. Our defense was solid behind her and our hitters did a good job adjusting at the plate and we had numerous extra-base hits. It's exciting looking at the number of freshmen we had on the field."
Alisha Smith (1-1) went the distance in the circle for UAB. The Springville, Ala., product had a no-hitter going through almost six innings and ultimately held Alabama State to one hit and fanned nine batters.
UAB tallied four runs on five hits in the third inning highlighted by Orr's two-run homer to left centerfield and Kimbrell's two-run long ball to the same spot.
The Green and Gold also posted a run in the first inning and the fifth inning. In the opening frame, Catherine Douglass belted a triple to right centerfield and stole home. McGrath's homer in the fifth put the Blazers' sixth run on the board.
Stephanie Hernandez (2-5) suffered the loss for Alabama State giving up six earned runs and 11 hits in the loss.
The Blazers return to action Tuesday, hosting Mississippi State at UAB Softball Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT.