March 19, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB softball team swept a doubleheader with Southern Miss Saturday at UAB Softball Field. The Blazers came from behind to claim the series opener, 3-1, before exploding for four runs in the fourth inning to eventually down the Golden Eagles, 6-1, in the finale.
UAB and Southern Miss will conclude the series Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m. CT at UAB Softball Field.
"I'm proud of the way the girls came out and played tough today," UAB head coach Marla Townsend said. "It took an entire team effort. We are continuing to improve every game and that's what it is about. I'm very pleased with the pitching staff's ability to keep the ball in the corners and keep the other team guessing. Offensively, I thought the hitters came around and the defense was solid."
Game One: UAB 3, Southern Miss 1
Despite a slow offensive start in Saturday's opener, UAB turned it up in the final two innings to eventually claim the 3-1 win and out-hit Southern Miss, 4-2.
Southern Miss put the game's first run on the board in the fourth inning. First baseman Taylor Brown reached on a base hit and scored on a Blazer miscue.
With two outs in the fifth inning, center fielder Caley Walden knocked a base hit followed by a Catherine Douglass walk to put two runners on base. Next up, shortstop Kayla Orr came up with a big two-RBI double to right centerfield to give UAB the 2-1 advantage.
Senior pitcher Alisha Smith (4-1) made the start, holding Southern Miss to just one hit and no earned runs in five innings of work. Sophomore Lauren Webster tossed the final two innings to earn her fifth career save to tie UAB's all-time career saves record held by Kerri Foster.
Beth Dietrich (4-7) went the distance for the Golden Eagles in the circle, allowing four hits and three earned runs.
Game Two: UAB 6, Southern Miss 1
In Saturday's nightcap, UAB tallied two runs in the third and exploded for a four-run fourth inning to eventually down Southern Miss 6-1.
The Blazers out-hit the Golden Eagles, 8-5, with Douglass leading UAB's offense. The Hueytown, Ala., product went 3-for-4 with two runs, while Van Kirk went 2-for-3 with one run.
Southern Miss second baseman Jill Mathis went 2-for-3 to lead the Golden Eagles at the plate.
In the third frame, Douglass and Orr both moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Kate Armstrong. A ground out by Lowman plated Douglass and a base knock to right field by Webster scored Orr to give UAB the 2-0 advantage.
Right fielder Sallie Van Kirk knocked a base hit up the middle, then Walden and Douglass used their speed to reach first on bunts to load the bases with one out in the fourth inning. Southern Miss pitcher Courtney Ramos walked Orr to plate a run for the Green and Gold. Armstrong belted a two-RBI double to leftfield to tally two additional runs for UAB, followed by a RBI-groundout by Lowman to cap off a four-run inning for the Blazers.
Southern Miss posted three hits to find the scoreboard in the sixth inning. With two runners in scoring position, right fielder Christina Roosmalen hit a single to leftfield to plate Brown.
Both teams utilized a trio of pitchers in the contest. Freshman Leigh Streetman (5-3) picked up the win for UAB after allowing just two hits and no earned runs in five innings of work. Amber Torres and Lannah Campbell each tossed an inning to complete the game.
Ramos (2-4) was charged with the loss after giving up eight hits and six earned runs in the first four innings. Gabby Luciani and Kelli Smith allowed no hits or runs in the final two innings.