March 7, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team swept Troy Tuesday night in a doubleheader at George Ward Park. The Blazers shutout the Trojans, 2-0, in game one and dominated the nightcap, 10-2. UAB sweeps Troy for the first time in school history and improves to 11-6 on the season.
"It feels like we are ready for conference," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "Tonight was big for us. Any time you compete against a team like Troy and walk away with two wins you have to feel good. We have played with a lot confidence and tonight was a great opportunity to fine tune our skills before Memphis comes to town this weekend."
In game one against the Trojans, pitching dominated the game. UAB starter Jennifer Nelson pitched a complete seven inning shutout only allowing two hits. The Morris, Ala. native, had nine strikeouts and remains undefeated in 2006 with a 4-0 record.
Offensively, UAB scored a run in the third and fourth innings to pull out the victory. In the third, sophomore Amanda Antonovich led off with a double to left field and later scored on a single by junior Lindsay Stanley.
Freshman Andrea Rogers scored the only run in the fourth inning on her third home run of the season. Rogers's shot put the Blazers up 2-0 and UAB would coast to the victory.
In the game, Stanley went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Rogers was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Antonovich record the only other hit for UAB going 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The Trojans wasted little time jumping ahead in game two of the doubleheader. Troy capitalized on three walks in the second inning to force across a run and take the lead.
UAB came storming back in the third scoring five runs on four hits. Junior Allison Davis singled to third to start the inning. Stanley reached safely on a single to the shortstop during the next at-bat. Senior Chelsea McCall hit into a fielder's choice that forced Davis out on the play. Krzan and Rogers followed with walks. Stanley scored on the Rogers walk for the first run of the winning. McCall later came around to score on a wild pitch that allowed Nicole Whitlock to reach first after striking out. With two outs and bases loaded, Walker followed with an RBI single to center. Antonovich would clear the bases with a double to plate two more runs for the Blazers.
Troy cut the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth inning. The Trojans stringed together two hits and a walk with no outs. Blazer starter Kayla Harris got Brittany Krbec to ground into a fielder's choice that did not allow the runner to score from third. The only run in the inning came on a sacrifice fly ball to right field by Angie Coteat to score Felicia Hammer.
From that point on it was all UAB. The Blazers scored two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to run-rule the Trojans.
In the fourth inning, Davis led off with an infield single. Stanley followed with a bunt single to put runners at first and second with no outs. Krzan came through with an RBI double to plate Davis. Rogers kept the inning alive with an infield single deep in the hole between the third baseman and the shortstop. Stanley scored on the play for the final run of the inning.
Sophomore Leigh Walker showed power in the fifth inning after hitting a solo home run. The long ball was her second of the year and fifth of her career. The inning would continue with two outs after Davis singled to right center field. Stanley reached on a throwing error by the pitch to bring McCall to the plate. McCall singled to left field allowing Davis and Stanley to score for the run-rule.
In the game, Stanley went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Walker had a phenomenal game going 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Davis was perfect as well collecting three hits in three trips to the plate. All together the Blazers out-hit Troy, 11-3, in the nightcap with seven different UAB players getting hits.
Harris gets the win in the circle after throwing 4.1 innings allowing two runs on three hits. Antonovich came on in relief and pitched the final two outs.
UAB will open Conference USA action this weekend against Memphis at George Ward Park. The Blazers will face the Tigers for the first time in school history Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Complete coverage of UAB softball can be found at www.uabsports.com.