March 4, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The UAB softball team fell 4-1 to No. 1 Alabama Sunday to conclude the Easton Alabama Classic at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Blazers fell to an even 8-8 while Alabama remained undefeated at 17-0.
UAB pitcher Lannah Campbell fanned the first six batters in a row. She matched her career-best number of strikeouts, sitting down nine Alabama hitters in the contest.
"Lannah did an amazing job," head coach Marla Townsend said. "She kept the top team in the country on its toes, striking out the first six batters. That's huge to shut them down striking out. Alabama made great adjustments, but it's a story of how her incredible work ethic paid off."
Campbell and senior Catherine Crawford were named to the Easton Alabama Classic All-Tournament Team. Campbell fanned 15 batters, held opponents to a .184 hitting clip, tossed a complete game and a shutout in 10.2 innings of work on the weekend.
Crawford started all three games of the tournament at shortstop and batted .429 (3-for-7) with two doubles and crossed the plate three times.
UAB scored first in the top of the first inning. Whitney Fletcher doubled to left center. She was moved around the bases thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Crawford and scored on a sacrifice fly from Kayla Orr.
In the top of the second inning, the Blazers had an opportunity to add insurance runs, but stranded two runners on base.
The first hit for the Tide came in the top of the third - a solo shot over the centerfield wall off the bat of Lauren Sewell.
Alabama took the lead, 2-1, in the fifth inning after Kaila Hunt singled and moved around the bases on a sacrifice bunt from Sewell, a grounder from Danae Hays and scored on a double by Ryan Iamurri.
Pinch hitter Courtney Conley gave Alabama the final 4-1 advantage when she hit a two-run homer to centerfield. She scored Jackie Traina, who was hit by a pitch to get on base.
"I felt like our defense played solid," Townsend said. "This is the kind of game you may not win on the scoreboard, but we came out here and played a very good game. I'm very pleased with our performance all the way around."
Campbell (3-3) suffered the loss for UAB and Alabama pitcher Traina (10-0) picked up the win.
The Blazers return to action on Tuesday when they host Jacksonville State. Game time is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.