Feb. 28, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball team posted a pair of victories over Kennesaw State Tuesday at the UAB Softball Field in rainy conditions. The Blazers downed the Owls 6-1 in the opener, before shutting out KSU, 4-0, in the nightcap.
UAB improves to 7-6 overall, while Kennesaw State falls to 8-5. With the 4-0 win, head coach Marla Townsend earned her 350th career win.
“Yes, it goes down in my record books, but it’s really a reflection and tribute to all the athletes who have ever played for our program,” Townsend said.
Second baseman Maegan Hornsby went 4-for-6 with two runs, three doubles and one RBI on Tuesday to lead UAB offensively. Designated hitter Kristen McGrath batted .600 (3-for-5) on the day and Kayla Orr hit .571 (4-for-7) with two runs, one double and an RBI.
“We were able to get both games in and they were both quality games,” Townsend said. “We had all-around solid pitching, batting and defensive today. We were able to generate offensive and extra base hits.”
Game 1: UAB 6, KSU 1
The game was scoreless through two innings of play, but the Blazers broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three runs on three hits.
The Blazers tacked on two additional runs in the fifth inning. Orr doubled to left field and Lowman jacked a two run homer over the left field wall – her third of the season.
Hornsby scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth, before the Owls had one more chance in the top of the seventh to even the score. With one out and runners on second and third, Amanda Burns hits a sacrifice fly to left. The runner on third tagged up and scored.
The Blazers out-hit the Owls 9-4 in the contest. Lowman finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI in the contest. Hornsby was 2-for-3 at the plate with one run.
Sophomore Lannah Campbell (2-2) earned the win, holding KSU to four hits and striking out seven batters in 6.0 innings pitched.
Amanda Henderson (3-2) suffered the loss for the Owls, allowing nine hits, six runs (four earned) and walking two batters.
Game 2: UAB 4, KSU 0
The UAB bats remained hot for the second contest as the team belted nine hits.
The Blazers scored one run in the second inning thanks to Hornsby’s third double of the day to score Chandler Orr, who reached base on a walk.
The Blazers added three additional runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Armstrong singled to lead off the inning. Hornsby ripped a shot through the Owls right fielder’s legs to plate Armstrong and advance to third.
Whitney Fletcher smacked a double to left to score Hornsby. The speedster stole third and scored on a K. Orr single to give UAB the 4-0 lead.
K. Orr went a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI in the contest and Hornsby added two hits, one run and one RBI.
Leigh Streeman (2-2) pitched a complete game for the Blazers. She scattered just three hits and fanned eight batters.
Owl pitcher Jessica Cross (3-3) was charged with the loss, surrendering four earned runs, walking two and striking out three batters in four innings pitched. Monica Vickery entered the game and tossed the final two innings.
The Blazers return to action this weekend at the Easton Alabama Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The action starts Friday with a 4 p.m. CT matchup against UMass.