March 4, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team opened the Magic City Classic with a 6-5 win over the Samford Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in a 12 inning marathon at the BSC Softball Park.
Sophomore Jennifer Nelson was stellar in the circle against the Bulldogs, setting a new career-best with 12 strikeouts. Nelson only allowed one run on four hits while throwing eight innings. Despite a great effort, she was awarded the no decision. Freshman Kayla Harris picked up the win for the Blazers after throwing the final 3.2 innings.
With the international tie-breaker rule in effect, Harris pitched with controlled and poise while under heavy pressure. She did not allow a hit and struck out six Bulldogs. With the win, Harris improved to 2-2 on the year.
Sophomore Amanda Antonovich had the most productive game at the plate, going 2-for-3. Senior Chelsea McCall and sophomore Holly Krzan both had two hits and two RBI. UAB out-hit Samford, 11-to-7, and have out-hit seven opponents this year.
Samford scored first in the opening frame. The Bulldogs pushed across one run on a Liz Pearse bunt single to score Erin Hall from third.
UAB trailed 1-0 until the top of the fifth when the offense came to life. Antonovich led off the inning with a double to left field. With runners at second and third, McCall singled up the middle to pick up two RBI. The single gave UAB it's first lead of the game.
Samford refused to quit in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three to tie the game at four. The game remained knotted up until the Blazers snapped the tie in the top of the 10th inning.
Allison Davis was placed at second under the tie-breaker rules with Lindsay Stanley at the plate. Stanley reached on a bunt single that moved Davis to third with no outs. McCall singled to load the bases for Krzan. Krzan came through with an RBI single to score Davis. UAB went into the bottom of the 10th with a one run advantage but Samford responded to tie the game on a wild pitch.
UAB Finally pushed across the game-winning run in the 12th inning on another Krzan single to plate Davis. The Blazers needed solid pitching to secure the win after BSC had a runner at third with one out.
UAB will face Samford Sunday at noon and the Panthers at 2 p.m. Complete coverage of Blazer softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.