March 18, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Five different Blazers hit home runs to tie the all-time single game record of six, as the UAB softball team’s (14-13, 3-3 C-USA) bats came alive in a 21-2, five inning defeat over Jacksonville State on Tuesday night at University Field.
"This was a much needed outing for us offensively," head coach Marla Townsend said. "Our hitting and confidence obviously came around the last few games and tonight it showed up at the plate."
UAB totaled 14 hits on the night as seven of the nine starters got a hit, led by Caitlin Attfield who was 4-for-5 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning – her second of the season and of her career. Danii Fernandez and Megan McGrath each finished with two hits, while Kristen McGrath, Mary Warren, Anna Theriot, Heather Pearson, JoJo Fallen and Amy Dennis all tallied one hit on the night.
Ten of UAB’s 14 hits produced RBI, as five different Blazers hit home runs. UAB also tallied its first grand slam of the season, a blast from Amy Dennis in the Blazers’ 11-run third inning.
UAB’s 21 runs are the most scored by the Blazers since Feb. 24, 2002 when UAB scored an all-time high 25 against Alabama A&M. The 19-run advantage also ties for the largest deficit dating back to March 3, 2012 in a 19-0 win over Massachusetts. UAB put up the most runs Jacksonville State has ever given up in program history, and tied the all-time single game home run record with six (last time – March 18, 2012 vs. Kentucky in a 20-7 win).
The five-inning defeat is the second run rule of the season for the Blazers, as their home run total of six tied for the fifth most in NCAA history in a single game.
Leigh Streetman got the win in the circle for UAB, tossing four innings of work, allowing just three hits and one earned run. She struck out six to move to 12-6 on the season. Cara Goodwin also threw an inning of work in the fifth and allowed an earned run on one hit.
UAB 21, Jacksonville State 2
UAB broke through in the first inning with four runs to give UAB an early 4-0 lead. Caitlin Attfield led off with a single and Danii Fernandez moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt. Following Attfield advancing to third on a wild pitch, junior Heather Pearson launched a deep shot to straightaway center on a 3-2 pitch, her second home run of the season, to put UAB up 3-0. Megan McGrath followed with a solo shot of her own to give UAB an early 4-0 lead in the opening frame.
UAB didn’t let up in its next opportunity at the plate, scoring three runs in the second inning to increase the early lead to 7-0. Ashley Johnson walked to begin the frame and following a fly out from Amy Dennis, Attfield and Fernandez delivered back-to-back singles. Kristen McGrath then walked with the bases loaded to plate one Blazer run, just before Warren singled off the pitchers glove to score two more UAB runs.
The Blazers totaled five hits, four walks and a gram slam in the third to plate 11 runs. Megan McGrath led off with a solo home run down the line in left field, then UAB drew two-straight walks from Davis and Johnson. Following a fly to left from Dennis, Attfield, Fernandez, Kristen McGrath and Anna Theriot all delivered singles. Pearson followed with a walk, before Megan McGrath and JoJo Fallen both walked. With two away in the frame, Dennis launched a grand slam to left field, UAB’s first of the season and her first home run of the season, to make the score 18-0 midway through the third.
The Gamecocks broke through in the fourth and plated one run to prevent the shutout. After Streetman issued two walks, JSU’s Amanda Maldonado sent a two-out, RBI double to left to plate the Gamecocks’ first run of the contest. Streetman then walked another, but got a strikeout looking to end the inning.
UAB would answer back in the fifth with three runs on two home runs. JoJo Fallen launched a ball to left-center field for her first career home run and just third career hit. Following a walk from Olivia Black, Attfield hit UAB’s sixth home run of the game – tied for the most in a single game in UAB history – a two-run shot to right field, her second of the season and of her career to plate UAB’s 21st and 22nd runs. Jacksonville State would add one more in the bottom of the fifth, a solo home run to right field, as UAB run-ruled its second opponent of the season.
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