Feb. 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – Senior Leigh Streetman and freshman Cara Goodwin combined to throw a four-hit shutout, and senior Lannah Campbell tossed a complete-game shutout, as the UAB softball team (5-8) run-ruled Western Carolina, 9-0, and defeated St. John’s, 3-0, on Friday at the 6th Annual Bulldog Invitational.
“We talked about how we really, really want to come out and be aggressive from the first pitch and we did that in the first game obviously by batting around,” head coach Marla Townsend said. “We continued to make adjustments throughout the second game and faced an outstanding pitcher, and got a few more base runners for some key runs at the end.”
The Blazers jumped on the Catamounts early in game one, sending 11 batters to the plate, and totaled eight runs on seven hits in the first inning and never looked back in a 9-0 defeat in five innings.
Caitlin Attfield led off the inning with a single and Amy Dennis followed with a walk. Kristen McGrath and Mary Warren both delivered singles to plate UAB’s first three runs of the inning. Megan McGrath singled to center field and Ashley Johnson followed with a soft single over the head of the first baseman to plate two UAB runs. Anna Theriot then followed with an RBI-single to center field to score McGrath.
Attfield picked up her second hit of the inning with a triple to left-center that scored Theriot and Johnson. Attfield later scored on a wild pitch to cap the Blazers’ opening frame. UAB added its ninth run of the game in the second when Hayley Davis singled to score Lauren Beshel, who was in to pinch run.
Streetman and Goodwin allowed just two hits each through five innings and struck out a combined six batters. Streetman improved her record to 4-4, while Western Carolina’s starter, who didn’t record an out and was pulled in the first, was tagged with the loss.
Attfield finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and Johnson also finished with two RBI in a 1-for-1 performance at the plate. Kristen McGrath, Warren, Davis and Theriot all added RBI to lead the Blazers offensively.
In game two, Attfield doubled to begin the game and Heather Pearson advanced her to third on a sacrifice bunt. Attfield scored on an illegal pitch from St. John’s pitcher Tori Free to give the Blazers an early 1-0 advantage.
UAB plated another run in the fifth on a wild pitch. Warren got the inning started with a single. Dennis laid down a sacrifice bunt to move over Danii Fernandez, who was in to pinch run for Warren. St. John’s pitcher Tori Free then threw back-to-back wild pitches to score Fernandez and increase the UAB lead to 2-0.
UAB tallied its third and final run of the game in the sixth when Attfield delivered her fourth hit and third RBI of the day to plate Theriot who walked in an 11-pitch at-bat just prior.
Attfield finished with the lone RBI against the Red Storm as the first two runs scored on an illegal pitch and wild pitch. Warren went 2-for-4 from the plate as UAB totaled six innings and drew eight walks. Campbell tossed a complete game, seven-inning shutout and allowed just five hits and struck out seven and also picked up her first win of 2014.
“It was a just a hard-fought day, from the first pitch to the last,” Townsend said. “I’m proud of everything from the dugout participation to the base running, and the pitchers did their job in pitching two shutouts. Lannah got her first win for her senior year and that’s big time.”
UAB will be back in action Saturday morning from the 6th Annual Bulldog Invitational with a second game against Western Carolina at 9 a.m. CT, before facing No. 18 Georgia at 2 p.m. to close Saturday’s action.
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