March 3, 2013
UAB vs. Murray State Final Box
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB softball team defeated Murray State, 2-0, in its final game of the Magic City Classic, co-hosted by UAB and Samford at the UAB Softball Field.
With the win, UAB improves to 8-5 on the year, while Murray State falls to 5-8.
In the circle, senior pitcher Lauren Webster (4-1) threw a complete game for the fourth time this season, and recorded her third shutout. Webster also retired 14 batters for the second time this year. In two appearances this weekend, the senior struck out 26 batters in 14 innings and allowed only five hits.
"I was impressed with a number of performers today," head coach Marla Townsend said. "Obviously, Lauren Webster going seven innings and getting 14 strikeouts is great. I thought she really mixed it up and did a great job."
For Murray State, pitcher Shelby Kosmecki (3-5) gave up seven hits, and struck out three batters.
In the first four innings, and in five of six on the day, UAB's leadoff hitter reached base. The Blazers were error free for the first time since defeating IUPUI on Feb. 17.
The Blazers scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning, as sophomore Heather Pearson reached base after being hit by pitch. Pearson was pushed to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Caitlin Attfield, and then advanced to third as sophomore Amy Dennis grounded out to the Racer pitcher. Pearson was sent home when senior Whitney Fletcher singled out to shortstop, and UAB went up, 1-0.
UAB scored its second run of the day in the bottom of the sixth frame as junior Kristen McGrath walked, and freshman Kelly Britt came in to pinch run. Britt was advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Anna Kimbrell, and speedily took third on the same play. Britt crossed home plate as junior Megan McGrath bunted in front of the pitcher.
"We had key executions on the sacrifice bunt by Anna Kimbrell who is slugging an outstanding percentage, and Kelly Britt's base running was huge," Townsend continued. "She makes the most out of every opportunity that comes to her. I'm just pleased with the overall team performance, and I like to see that we didn't have any errors today."
Attfield and Fletcher both successfully stole bases during the game. The freshman from Niagara Falls, N.Y., went three-for-three in stolen base attempts on the weekend and is a perfect eight-for-eight on the season.
Up next, UAB travels to Kennesaw, Ga., to take on Kennesaw State in a doubleheader on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET. Follow @UABSoftball on Twitter for in-game updates.