March 1, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team defeated Nicholls State Tuesday evening in game one of a doubleheader at George Ward Park. The Blazers dominated winning, 7-1, and improved to 5-5 on the year and 1-1 at home.
The Blazers controlled the momentum of game one right from the start. Junior Lindsay Stanley led of the game with a bunt single, and then proceeded to steal second. Senior Chelsea McCall followed with a sacrifice slap to the shortstop that allowed Stanley to advance to third. Sophomore Holly Krzan and Rogers had back-to-back walks to load the bases. Junior Nicole Whitlock came up with a timely double to left field to plate Stanley and Krzan. Rogers later came in to score on a ground out by sophomore Leigh Walker. In the inning, UAB scored three runs on two hits.
UAB continued to put runs on the board in the fifth inning. McCall led off the inning with a double to left center field. Krzan and Rogers both walked again for the second time in the game. Walker picked up two RBI on a single to left scoring McCall and Krzan. Sophomore Amanda Antonovich followed Walker with an RBI single to right field that scored Rogers. The final run of the inning came on a ground out by freshman Jacy Leon.
The Blazers entered the sixth inning with a 7-0 advantage but the Colonels managed to score one run on a single by Leah Peterson.
Sophomore Jennifer Nelson improved to 2-0 on the year after pitching six innings allowing a run on three hits. Nelson was in control the entire game striking out eight and only walking one. Junior Brittany Hodge sealed the victory after pitching the final frame.
Walker led the way at the plate going 1-for-3 with a run and three RBI. Whitlock also had a big night going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Offensively, UAB out-hit the Colonels, 7-3 and had three extra base hits.
UAB will compete in the Magic City Classic this weekend at Birmingham-Southern College. The Blazers will battle cross-town rivals BSC and Samford Saturday and Sunday. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.