Feb. 28, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team defeated Nicholls State, 7-2, Sunday to take the title at the Magic City Classic hosted by Samford.
The Blazers (9-4) beat Troy, Alabama State, Samford and Nicholls State by a combined score of 30-8 to go undefeated in the tournament. This marks the sixth time the Blazers have won the Magic City Classic since its start eight years ago.
UAB sophomore shortstop Kayla Orr was named the MVP Player of the Magic City Classic and freshman Lauren Webster was tabbed MVP Pitcher. Troy's Ashlyn Williams was named All-Tournament Pitcher. UAB second baseman Kate Armstrong was selected to the All-Tournament Team along with Nicholls State's Kayla Watterson, Samford's Alex Adams, Troy's Hayden Gann and Alabama State's Toilolo Sosefina.
"I'm very pleased with our performance this weekend," UAB head coach Marla Townsend said. "Everyone was healthy and contributing to our wins. Our pitching staff had an outstanding weekend and all three pitchers complemented each other."
Against Nicholls State, UAB recorded its second-straight game with three home runs. Senior Martina Landrum, senior Cameron Skates and sophomore Mandy Lowman all hit long balls to increase UAB's home run total to seven for the tournament.
"Obviously our hitting was very strong this weekend with seven home runs," Townsend said. "Most of the home runs came with people on base, which is indicative of our numerous base hits. We also scored early every game which allowed us to relax and play our game, and it took pressure off our pitchers."
Leadoff hitter Landrum reached on a fielding error to start the game for the Blazers. Skates belted her third home run of the season to score Landrum and give the Green and Gold a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Armstrong belted a base hit and junior designated player Natalie Mitchell doubled through the right side. Landrum followed by slugging her second career home run to tack on three more runs for UAB.
The Colonels answered in the second, scoring their only runs of the game on a two-run homer by catcher Jacki Burri.
Lowman hit her sixth home run of the season in the third to chip in another run for UAB, and scored again in the fifth on a hit by Webster.
UAB posted 10 hits against Nicholls State with Lowman, Armstrong and Orr all going 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Blazers had a combined effort from the circle, with Webster (3-1) picking up the win and junior Alisha Smith pitching the final three innings. Webster and Smith struck out a combined 11 batters and allowed only one walk and two earned runs.
"We have small things to work on, but I'm pleased with where we are at this point in the season," Townsend said. "Every time we take the field we're improving."
The Blazers welcome Kennesaw State to UAB Softball Field Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. CT.