March 12, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB softball team could not overcome a late rally by Memphis and fell 7-3 in the final game of the series at George Ward Park Sunday afternoon. The top of the Blazers lineup was very productive accounting for six of the seven UAB hits but fielding miscues sealed the victory for the Tigers. The Blazers fall to 13-7 with the loss and 2-1 in conference action. Memphis improved to 9-9 with the win.
"Our defense didn't show up today but we still had an opportunity to win this game," said Blazer head coach Marla Townsend. "Offensively we put the ball in play but couldn't get the big hits when we needed them. This weekend we managed to go 2-1 against a good Memphis team but we have to find a way to get out of innings."
UAB scored first in the third inning. Junior Lindsay Stanley reached on a bunt single, and then proceeded to steal second base. Holly Krzan walked to put two runners on base for the Blazers. Freshman Andrea Rogers hit a shot to the shortstop, who threw the ball over the head of the Tigers first baseman allowing Stanley and Krzan to score. In the inning, UAB scored twice on a hit and two errors.
Memphis plated a run in the fourth inning after Melissa Nance hit a lead off double to left center field. The Tigers executed the sacrifice bunt with Tori Gross to move Nance to third with no outs. Nance later scored on a fielding error by Blazer first baseman Amanda Antonovich with two outs.
The Blazers responded in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Leigh Walker reached safely on a walk with no outs and Antonovich singled to left field. Freshman Jacy Leon followed to load the bases after she was hit by a pitch. With no outs and bases load, pinch hitter Kayla Harris hit into a double play to third base that forced Walker out at home plate. Harris was also out on the play. Stanley tied the game with a line drive single that went just past the diving shortstop. UAB scored its only run on the play and the game advanced to the seventh inning tied at three
In the top of the seventh everything went the Tigers way. Memphis had four singles in the inning mixed with two walks and two UAB errors resulting in four runs. The runs proved to be enough to clinch the victory.
Leila Dolfo (2-2) was the winning pitch for Memphis after throwing a complete game allowing three runs on seven hits. Memphis had four players with multiple hits and was led by Cara Stiles, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
UAB sophomore Jennifer Nelson (5-1) takes her first loss of the season. Nelson pitched 6.1 innings allowing seven runs but only one was earned. Junior Brittany Hodge came on in relief to pitch the final two outs of the game.
Stanley went 3-for-4 in the game with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Blazers. Krzan also had a big game going 2-for-3 with a run. The other hits belong to senior Chelsea McCall and Antonovich.
UAB will return to action on March 15 at Jacksonville State. The Blazers will battle the Gamecocks in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. at the University Field. For complete coverage of UAB softball, go to www.uabsports.com.