March 19, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. ----- UAB juniors Lindsay Stanley and Nicole Whitlock each went 4-for-4 at the plate and sophomore pitcher Jennifer Nelson picked up her second win in the circle in as many days here Sunday as the Blazer softball team defeated East Carolina, 8-2, in Conference USA action to record a series sweep of the Pirates.
UAB, which has won 11 of its last 12 games, improved to 18-7 overall and 5-1 in C-USA action with the win. ECU fell to 19-11 and 1-5 in league contests.
"I'm extremely proud of the way we came out and played today," said UAB head coach Marla Townsend. "We were able to score early on a couple of big hits and got a strong pitching performance from Jennifer Nelson. Any time you can sweep a three-game series on the road in conference it's big. We are playing with a lot of confidence and we look forward to preparing for Marshall next weekend."
The Blazers, who recorded a pair of 3-1 wins Saturday over the Pirates, jumped on the home team early Sunday as they scored five first-inning runs, ignited by a three-RBI single by freshman Kayla Harris. UAB added to the margin in the third with two more runs to take a 7-0 lead.
ECU managed to plate a run in the third and seventh innings but never threatened the Blazers.
Nelson was again an effective pitcher for the Blazers as she went the distance, yielding just four hits and no earned runs in seven innings of work. After picking up the win in game one on Saturday, Nelson struck out nine ECU batters while walking just one and improved her record on the season to 8-1.
Stanley and Whitlock led UAB at the plate going perfect in four at-bats. Harris went 2-for-4 in the game with four RBI.
UAB returns to action next Friday, March 24 when the Blazers travel to Marshall for the first of three games in a Conference USA series. The teams will play a doubleheader next Saturday.